The IHR (2005), disease surveillance, and the individual in global health politics

Davies, Sara E. & Youde, Jeremy (2013) The IHR (2005), disease surveillance, and the individual in global health politics. The International Journal of Human Rights, 17(1), pp. 133-151.

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Abstract

Since the revisions to the International Health Regulations (IHR) in 2005, much attention has turned to two concerns relating to infectious disease control. The first is how to assist states to strengthen their capacity to identify and verify public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC). The second is the question of how the World Health Organization (WHO) will operate its expanded mandate under the revised IHR. Very little attention has been paid to the potential individual power that has been afforded under the IHR revisions – primarily through the first inclusion of human rights principles into the instrument and the allowance for the WHO to receive non-state surveillance intelligence and informal reports of health emergencies. These inclusions mark the individual as a powerful actor, but also recognise the vulnerability of the individual to the whim of the state in outbreak response and containment. In this paper we examine why these changes to the IHR occurred and explore the consequence of expanding the sovereignty-as-responsibility concept to disease outbreak response. To this end our paper considers both the strengths and weaknesses of incorporating reports from non-official sources and including human rights principles in the IHR framework.

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ID Code: 72927
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bio-surveillance; International Health Regulations; World Health Organization; human rights
DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2012.710840
ISSN: 1744-053X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2014 04:06
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 01:10

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