Health and Human Rights in Ghana

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Abstract

Many of the people who can afford to pay for health care travel outside Ghana for medical care when they are faced with serious health problems. Public health care should not be about affluence; it is a human rights issue. This inevitable link between health and human rights is sometimes overlooked in the national discourses about public health and individual access to health care. This book examines the domestic legislation on the public health care system in Ghana. The analysis is situated within the provisions of international human rights treaties, the medium- to long-term consequences of some economic policies, the role of the traditional medicine system in public health care, the silent epidemic of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and the human rights question in an age of HIV/AIDS in the country. State responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to health translates to many responsibilities for the citizens, not the least of which is providing the framework for good health delivery.