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UNAIDS Global report 2012

The 2012 report on the global AIDS epidemic contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children.

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HIV/AIDS surveillance report 2009

HIV infection remains of major public health importance in Europe, with evidence of continuing transmission of HIV in Europe. Overall, despite incomplete reporting, there is no clear indication of a decline in the number of cases being diagnosed each year. Since 2004, the rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV…

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Declaration “Now More than Ever”

At the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in 2006, world leaders reaffirmed that “the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all is an essential element in the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” Yet, 25 years into the AIDS epidemic, the “essential element” remains…

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Armenia Health System Performance Assessment, WHO/Europe 2010

Armenia, like many other countries, faces significant health challenges. It is crucial for the country to continue consolidating and advancing reforms of the health system. Two new reports, published on 26th February 2010 entitled “Armenia Health System Performance Assessment” and “Armenia National Health Accounts”, prepared by the Armenian Ministry of…

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Harm Reduction and Human Rights

In January 2009, IHRA’s HR2 programme released a report entitled ‘Harm Reduction and Human Rights: The Global Response to Drug-Related HIV Epidemics’. This report provides a concise overview of the global situation in terms of drug-related HIV epidemics worldwide, with a particular focus on the regions of Asia, Central and…

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M. Özden: The right to health. A fundamental human right affirmed by the United Nations…

“ The right to health. A fundamental human right affirmed by the United Nations and recognized in regional treaties and numerous national constitutions” was written by M. Özden, Centre Europe - Tiers Monde (CETIM), 2006 and divided into three parts: the right to health, a recognized right; the right to…

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Judith Asher: The Right to Health: A Resource Manual for NGOs

This Resource Manual for NGOs on the Right to Health was commissioned from the Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat) by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Huridocs in 1999.

Since that time a number of consultations and workshops have been held to assist with…

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Our right to the highest attainable standard of health, HRC of University of Essex & IFHHRO, 2007

This briefing aims to provide a very short, concise and accessible introduction to the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Download form IFHHRO server acrobat (514 kb)

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The Right to Health: A Toolkit for Health Professionals, BMA, IFHHRO & Commat, 2007

The British Medical Association, IFHHRO and the Commonwealth Medical Trust (COMMAT) recently launched the new resource The right to health: a toolkit for health professionals. COMMAT is an IFHHRO member and BMA an observer. The Right to Health Toolkit is designed to provide practical, realistic guidance for health professionals on…

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Global Health Risks

16 December 2009 - This report is a comprehensive assessment of leading risks to global health. It provides detailed global and regional estimates of premature mortality, disability and loss of health attributable to 24 global risk factors. The report provides an update for the year 2004.

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WHO Access and Control Newsletter: N5 October 2009

This newsletter will update you on both issues of drug control as well as access to controlled medicines, especially if the World Health Organization is involved. Generally speaking, these issues will be any matter related to the evaluation of substances within the framework of the UN drug conventions, especially the…

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National Programme on HIV Response in Armenia, 2007-2011

The National Programme on HIV Response in the Republic of Armenia, 2007-2011 was ratified by the Government of Armenia on March 1, 2007 (Decree N398-N).

Download form the server of the RA National AIDS Center acrobat (142 kb)

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Health and Human Rights: A Resource Guide (March 2009)

This Resource Guide is a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool that can be used on a regular basis on the job. The Guide covers the basic concepts and resources in health and human rights and contains seven chapters, each on a different health issue of priority concern to the Open Society Institute…

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“Realizing the Right to Health”

The Swiss Human Rights book, Vol.3, “Realizing the Right to Health” was written by ANDREW CLAPHAM and MARY ROBINSON and launched on 22 June, 2009.

Click here for the online version of Realizing the Right to Health.

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International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights (2006)

OHCHR and UNAIDS published the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in 1998 as a tool for States in designing, co-ordinating and implementing effective national HIV/AIDS policies and strategies. The Guidelines were drafted by experts at an international consultation in 1996 and provide the framework for a rights-based response…

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Police, Harm Reduction, and HIV

This fact sheet, produced by the OSI International Harm Reduction Development Program, demonstrates how such police practices help fuel HIV epidemics by driving drug users away from lifesaving care while doing little to stem drug use. However, emerging partnerships between police and health providers prove that law enforcement and HIV…

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At What Cost? HIV and Human Rights Consequences of the Global “War on Drugs”

This book examines the descent of the global war on drugs into a war on people who use drugs. From Puerto Rico to Phnom Penh, Manipur to Moscow, the scars of this war are carried on the bodies and minds of drug users, their families, and the health and service…

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GFATM - Scaling Up for Impact:: Results Report ("The Green Report")

The Global Fund recently published its 2008 progress report, entitled Scaling Up For Impact: Results Report, otherwise known as “the Green Report”, and the 2008 Annual Report. These reports are full of highly relevant information about the Global Fund’s programs, data and results.


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H1N1 Flu Booklet - things to know, things to do…

The recent outbreaks of disease in people globally are caused by a new influenza (or “flu”) type A (H1N1) virus. There is a human H1N1 virus circulating and causing seasonal influenza and in the past, very occasionally, H1N1 viruses from swine have infected humans.

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Health and Human Rights Linkages

Promoting and protecting health and respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights are inextricably linked.

Download from the WHO server acrobat (35 KB)

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Health System Performance in Armenia: Strategic Review Summary

This report is a brief summary of results of the first HSPA exercise in Armenia. It gives key illustrative examples of how HSPA indicators can describe possible links between system strategies and performance of the Armenian health system.

Download Full Report from the NIH…

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The 2007 ESPAD Report

Björn Hibell, Ulf Guttormsson, Salme Ahlström, Olga Balakireva, Thoroddur Bjarnason, Anna Kokkevi, Ludwig Kraus (2009): The 2007 ESPAD Report - Substance Use Among Students in 35 European Countries. The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN). Stockholm: Sweden. 408 pages, including graphs and tables.

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Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes

This guide is developed for anybody, who is interested in developing, adapting and implementing an evidence-based family skills training programme. The guide offers background information of scientific evidence and lists 12 key principles to keep in mind when using evidence-based family skills training programmes. In addition, the guide includes cultural…

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Armenia: Health System Review (2006)

The Health Systems in Transition profles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of reform and policy initiatives in progress or under development in a specific country.  The paper is developed by Tatul Hakobyan, Ministry of Health, Mihran Nazaretyan, School of Health Care Management…

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World Drug Report 2008

The World Drug Report presents comprehensive information on the illicit drug situation. It provides detailed estimates and trends on production, trafficking and consumption in the opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants markets.

Download Full Report from the UNODC server acrobat

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Improved measures for reduction of the illicit demand for narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances

This paper was released by the UN Economic and Social Council at the 13th Plenary Meeting on May 25, 1988.

Download from the UNODC server acrobat (20.0 KB)

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World report on violence and health

The World Health Organization launched the first World report on violence and health on October 3rd, 2002. Since then, more than 30 governments have organized national launches or policy discussions about the Report, and resolutions endorsing the Report and calling for its implementation have been passed in a number of…

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World report on child injury prevention

Every day more than 2000 children and teenagers die from an injury which could have been prevented. This joint WHO / UNICEF report is a plea to keep kids safe by promoting evidence-based injury prevention interventions and sustained investment by all sectors. The report presents the current knowledge about the…

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HTW: An Unbreakable Cycle

In China, illicit drug use is an administrative offense and Chinese law dictates that drug users “must be rehabilitated.” In reality, police raids on drug users often drive them underground, away from methadone clinics, needle exchange sites, and other proven HIV prevention services. And every year Chinese police send tens…

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WHO Fact Sheet No31: The Right to Health

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the WHO have issued fact sheets on the Right to Health to explain what is meant by the right to health in an easily accessible format and to raise understanding of this important human right.

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Upcoming Events

Legal Study Presentation: The Rights of Persons with…

On June 12, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s LL.M. program, in cooperation with the Civil Society Institute, is holding a presentation of the Legal Study on the Rights of Persons with Mental Disorders in…

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