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Who Cares?

The Economics of Dignity

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At the centre of the HIV/AIDS response are the 12 million people who need care and treatment. Those who are ill require support from carers who provide physical, social and psychological support. Yet these carers – essential actors in the response – are often invisible to the system that relies on them.



The writers argue that focusing on the carer, at the household level, directs assistance where it is most effective and most needed, will respect human rights, and will help achieve the millennium development goals in health.

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The Duty of Care: The Right to Health in Hospital Settings

‘1) The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

2c) The prevention, treatment and control of epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases.

2d) the creation of conditions which would assure to all medical service and medical attention in the event of sickness.’

– Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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