American Journal of Public Health Research
ISSN (Print): 2327-669X ISSN (Online): 2327-6703 Website: http://www.sciepub.com/journal/ajphr Editor-in-chief: Jing Sun
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Special Issue "Collective Rights and Public Health: Pursuing Untapped Opportunities"

A special issue of American Journal of Public Health Research (ISSN 2327-6703).

Special Issue Editors

Chief Guest Editor

Begna Dugassa
Toronto Public Health, Canada
Email: b.dugassa@utoronto.ca

Special Issue Information

This special edition focuses on three major areas. When public health is defined as “the organized efforts societies make to keep people healthy and prevent injury, illness and premature death, it makes clear that improving quality of public health goes beyond individual’s efforts. This necessitates promoting collective rights are part and parcel of advancing better public health conditions. The first area deals with the relationship between collective rights and health.

When the WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being…” and “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights …” it makes clear that health is not something that we simply wish to have, it is the right we must fight for. The definition also implies that the health disparity between the dominant and marginalized group is unjust. The second objective is exploring whether or not protecting and promoting collective rights fosters groups to identify their needs and enhances the development of public health.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, state: “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” This statement alludes to the essentiality of collective rights. The third area demonstrates how health rights are related to collective rights.

Special Issue Topics

The Topics to be covered by this special issue includes five major areas of collective rights: social, economic, political, cultural and environmental

1. Economic Rights
The absence or presence of economic rights on the development of public health conditions:
 a) The right to ancestral lands
 b) Consistent with the longstanding motto of the American Revolution “Taxation without representation is tyranny”, researchers explore if people have the right to decide where the taxes they pay are spent.

2. Social Rights
The absence or presence of social rights on the development of public health
 a) The right to social security (adequate shelter, food, clothing, education and other public health services)
 b) The right to define social needs and social problems in their perspectives.

3. Political Rights
The absence or presence of political rights on the development of public health
 a) People’s right to develop their own institutions and conducting their own researches
 b) People’s right to develop their own leadership, policies or fully involve in policy making

4. Cultural Rights
The absence or presence of cultural rights on the development of public health
 a) People’s right to develop and protect their culture
 b) People’s right to use their languages in school, court and for other purposes
 c) People’s right to develop their own educational curriculum

5. Environmental Rights
The absence or presence of environmental rights on the development of public health
 a) The right to breathe clean air and have clean water and foods
 b) The right to live in a healthy ecosystem (free from chemical, biological and physical contaminants)
 c) The right to develop and control regulatory bodies and policies
 d) The right to pursue sustainable development

Import Dates & Submit

Important dates

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2017
Final Version Due: January 31, 2018
Special Issue Publishing Date: March 2018

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. Begna Dugassa at the address: <b.dugassa@utoronto.ca>