Health & Human Rights Course

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•08•13    09:00 - 2018•08•15    16:30
    Kuala Lumpur

    Workshop on operationalising the right to the highest attainable standard of health

    Welcome to the UNU-IIGH workshop on health and human rights, delivered in collaboration with Sofia Gruskin, a globally renowned health and human rights professor from the Global Health and Human Rights Program of the University of Southern California. Human rights concepts play a key role in health research, monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building. This course focuses on the effectiveness, limits and possibilities of human rights interventions in advancing the highest attainable standard of health locally, nationally, regionally and globally. The course explores innovative case-studies on reproductive health/rights, migrant and refugee health, the rights of children and adolescents, human rights impact assessment of health programs, and right to development and the SDGs. Workshop brochure available here.

    On completion of the 3-day program, we hope that you will be able to:

    • Understand the conceptual linkages between human rights in law, human rights as ideals and human rights approaches to enable prevention of disease and the promotion and protection of health.
    • Employ international human rights standards, instruments, state and international laws related to human rights that have an impact on the health of individuals and populations – through protections or violations.
    • Develop skills to research and analyse situations, policies and interventions that enhance health systems and health outcomes through a human rights perspective.
    • Investigate abuses of human rights as they relate to health and health practice.

    The Moderators

    Sofia Gruskin directs the Institute for Global Health and its Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the policy and global health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. A pioneer in global health and human rights, Gruskin’s work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health and human rights.

    Pascale Allotey has a multidisciplinary background in clinical health sciences, anthropology, and epidemiology. Her research has focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, health equity, health and human rights, gender and social determinants of health, forced migration and marginalisation, infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases. She has worked across Africa and Asia in global health research and policy with a focus on active engagement of communities through enabling technologies.

    Obi Aginam trained as an international lawyer in Nigeria and Canada. His expertise cuts across human rights, international development, south-south cooperation, and the normative authorities of inter-governmental health organizations. Dr Aginam has been a fellow of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York on Global Health Security, and a visiting professor at universities in Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa, Japan, and Italy. He is the author of Global Health Governance: International Law and Public Health in a Divided World.

    Target Audiences

    • We welcome applicants from research, policy-making, public health and health, legal practitioners, employees of relevant NGOs, CSOs and other related domains.
    • Participants are expected to attend full 3-days of workshop and to engage in collaborative activities
    • Participants must be fluent in English

    Registration is now closed. Once shortlisting is complete, selected participants will be contacted with further details including payment instructions. To streamline interaction, the workshop will be limited to 40 participants.

    Workshop Cost

    The participation fee is MYR500 per person for Malaysian participants or USD140 per person for international participants with limited number of scholarships. This covers the cost of six refreshment breaks and three lunches, as well as workshop materials (these costs are partially subsidised by UNU).

    Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements to attend the workshop.

    Selection Criteria for Participation

    1. Equal representation from the main target groups.
    2. Equal gender representation
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    United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
    UNU-IIGH Building,
    UKM Medical Centre Jalan Yaacob Latiff,
    Bandar Tun Razak,
    56000 Cheras,
    Kuala Lumpur,


  • United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
    UNU-IIGH Building,
    UKM Medical Centre Jalan Yaacob Latiff,
    Bandar Tun Razak,
    56000 Cheras,
    Kuala Lumpur,
    Tel : +603-9171-5394
    Fax : +603-9171-5402
    Email :
    Website :

    Additional Information:

    1. Logistical information
      We have very limited parking spaces at our building, being located within the HUKM hospital grounds. You are encouraged to take public transport i.e. by LRT (alight at either Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, or Bandar Tasik Selatan stations) or MRT (alight at Taman Midah station) and take a taxi/Uber to our building (about 10 minutes’ drive).
      If you drive, please park at the nearby paid parking lots, either opposite the entrance of HUKM or within the HUKM grounds.
      In case you need assistance with directions, please call our reception: 603-9171 5394.
    2. Dressing
      We encourage smart casual dressing. You may wish to bring a piece of warm clothing/shawl, as the room may be rather cold at times.