"Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right: Do you agree or disagree?" (16)

17 June, 2023

Dear Neil and Len

It is an over statement to say “International Human Right Law”. I wish there was one. There is no international human rights law. What exists is a Declaration and Treaties.  They can never be international or national laws. Each country has the right to through its legislative body (parliament or else) to make a law. NGOs are very active in many countries to activate what countries state in their constitutions about human rights. As for (quality) health information, indeed its is a determinant of good health. With good information the health care worker, the patient, the family the community, nobody can take the right decision or action towards the well being of an individual, the society or the environment.

With kind regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, IAHSI

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism. http://www.hifa.org/support/members/najeeb http://www.hifa.org/projects/multilingualism Email: shorbajin AT gmail.com