As heads of state meet at the UN for the first-ever High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, the O’Neill Institute is releasing two reports, as part of its partnership with Stop TB, focused on identifying practical opportunities for global health, human rights, and TB experts and advocates to collectively address pressing issues of law and human rights in the context of TB.
TB and HIV provide valuable lessons on the importance of legal and policy environments—which offer the potential to enable effective responses or to undermine them, to ameliorate conditions that add to people’s vulnerability or to exacerbate them. From the laws governing coerced isolation and medical examination to the rules of migration; from the right to access affordable treatment to the regulations of prison conditions—laws governing health are critical to the TB response.
Join the O’Neill Institute in launching these reports at “Tuberculosis and Human Rights” a side event organized by the Open Society Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the Stop TB Partnership in New York on September 24 from 12:00-14:00. For more information or to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An effective response to infectious diseases like TB requires protection of core rights as a key component of public health. This review of laws in 20 high-burden countries demonstrates a troubling incongruence between the espoused commitment to a “rights-based” approach and domestic legal frameworks governing the TB response.
In the context of TB, many countries from all regions and income classifications are failing to apply sound, human rights-based disease control in the context of migration. Our report focuses on the urgent need to replace four discriminatory approaches with rights-based approaches, including: restrictions on entry, stay and residence on the basis of TB or health status; legal restrictions on access to medical services for migrants; migration detention, forced deportation and continuity of care; and requirements that migrants and refugees with tuberculosis undergo coercive TB treatment, including as a condition for entry or legal status.
Learn more about the Institute’s Tuberculosis, Law, and Human Rights Project.