The right to health does not mean the right to be healthy. Nor does it mean the right to simply have equal access to health services. Health as a human right has a much deeper meaning. Mr. Simo explained that when one speaks of health as a human right, one recognizes that there are many determinants of health. For example, one of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce maternal mortality. Yet, the single most significant factor influencing a nation’s maternal mortality rate is not directly related to medical care or equal access to treatment. Studies show that the greatest reduction in maternal mortality is seen by nations that provide secondary education for all. In this case, inequality in gender and education serve as a barrier to the right to health. Without correcting for those inequalities, health suffers and the right to health is denied.
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