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What is a Learning Circle?
We view a learning circle as a place to learn and grow. Everyone’s experience is welcome and you don’t have to have a background in public health or human rights. The common thread is that we all care about the world around us and are interested in learning more about health and human rights. We will meet for several months to use articles, personal experience and stories, and other forms of media to learn more about this approach. We hope this will influence our personal lives, our work, and hopefully the Bay Area.
Our goal in creating a learning circle is to build and strengthen a community of allies. This includes people who work in public health as well as any people who believe that creating healthy communities is essential to building a more just world. As many areas of our society impact people’s health - like education, housing, economics, transportation, criminal justice, and land use - even if you don’t consider yourself connected to public health, we hope you might consider joining us.
****************************************************Health and Human Rights Learning Circle Objectives:
To achieve the objectives it is important that all participants are able to join us for all the sessions. We anticipate the structure and schedule will be:
SOME BASIC CONCEPTS OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH
• Are guaranteed by international standards;
• Are legally protected;
• Focus on the dignity of the human being;
• Protect individuals and groups;
• Oblige states and state actors;
• Cannot be waived or taken away;
• Are interdependent and interrelated;
• Are universal.
The attainment of the highest possible level of health and
well-being is a fundamental human right, regardless of a
person's color, ethnic background, religion, gender, age,
abilities, sexual orientation or class.
The right to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health is complex and extensive and encompasses medical care and the underlying determinants of health such as water, sanitation, healthy food, non-discrimination and equality.
Health status is primarily determined by the political, economic, social and physical environment.
The participation of people and people's organizations is essential to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of all health and social policies and programs.
Governments have a fundamental responsibility to ensure universal access to quality health care, education and other social services and goods according to people’s needs, not according to their ability to pay.
Just like the right to a fair trial requires the existence of a justice system, the right to health is realized through an effective health system. A health system consists of four core elements: personal health care services, public or population health services, health research systems, and health in all policies. Effective health systems strengthening requires attention to all four of these elements.
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|dtegeler||Event: health and human rights activist Kamayani Mahabal||0||Apr 5 2010, 3:22 PM EDT by dtegeler|
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In case anyone in the learning circle is interested... An amazing activist for health and human rights, Kamayani Bali Mahabal, comes to Berkeley this Thursday to talk about her work opposing state-sponsored violence in Dantewada, Chattisgarh, India. The event, “Naxalism, Violence and Development: The Unholy Nexus,” is sponsored by the Association for India's Development Berkeley Chapter, Center for South Asia Studies, and Hesperian.
It's Thursday, April 8th at 5:30 pm at The Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley--see http://southasia.berkeley.edu/contact_directions.php for directions. The Center for South Asia Studies will also be hosting a photo exhibit on the “State of Adivasis in Chattisgarh (India).”
|knobella||Prep or Reading Materials||6||Feb 16 2010, 3:19 PM EST by LauraTuriano|
|MichaelDuke||Thanks for setting this up||0||Feb 11 2010, 12:59 PM EST by MichaelDuke|
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