Health and Human Rights


As the Organization-wide focal point for human rights, the Health and Human Rights Unit is housed in the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights in the Cluster of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research (IER/ETH)

WHO has designated health and human rights as a cross-cutting activity and is actively strengthening its role in providing technical, intellectual and political leadership in this field.

Key Activities:

Indigenous peoples' right to health

Recognizing the interrelationship between the realization of human rights and the health of indigenous peoples, the Health and Human Rights Unit serves as WHO's focal point on indigenous peoples' health.

Coming Soon

Database on the Right to Health and other Key Health-Related Human Rights
This database will make accessible existing legal provisions and case law on the right to health and key health-related rights at the international, regional and national levels. Searches will be possible by right or by health topic. This database reflects the increasing attention of the public health arena on the right to health.

Annotated bibliography
WHO's annotated bibliography on health and human rights, set to be completed in the coming months, will consist of key, germinal writings on the subject. It will be accessible online in the form of a database searchable by health topic, author and title.


Gender, Equity and Human Rights