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Published online: November 30, 2010

Health as Human Rights under National and International Legal Framework: Bangladesh Perspective

Md. Ershadul Karim
Chancery Research and Consultants Trust, Bangladesh
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Few would dispute that good health is fundamental to a full and active life. It is the key to wealth and prosperity. Good health contributes directly to economic growth while poor health drives poverty. The right to health is considered directly in many international instruments including the World Health Organization. Every single country in the world is now a member of at least one of the many international instruments where health is treated as a human right. Sound health is a pre-condition to enjoy right to live peaceful. This right to health is guaranteed by the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. If anybody in Bangladesh is deprived of enjoying his life then he can go to the court in order enforce his right. This paper aims at giving an overview of legal and regulatory framework of different international legal instruments and national laws of Bangladesh relating to healthcare and shares the response of Bangladesh Government in relation to the framework.

Keywords : Health, Human Rights, World Health Organization, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Principles of State Policy, International Human Rights Instruments, Laws of Bangladesh

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