Equality and Human Rights

House of Lords, 14:00, 15 October 2007

How can human rights contribute to developing policies to tackle health inequalities?

Many regard access to healthcare as a human right. However health status is actually affected by multiple factors, including socio-economic determinants. This symposium reviewed how social and economic factors affect health outcomes, and explored the scope for using human rights in the development of policies to tackle health inequalities in society.

The symposium featured presentations from Professor Sir Michael Marmot of University College London and Dr Alex Kalache, of the World Health Organisation's Ageing and Lifecourse programme, as well as contributions from members of the global network of International Longevity Centres.

The event included an open discussion with invited Parliamentarians, senior civil servants and academics with an interest in health, development and human rights.