Tuesday, June 30, 2009

HealthRight Convenes Workshop on Rights-Based Approaches to Health and Development Programming at InterAction Forum

“Rights-Based Approaches to Health and Development Programming: Why, What and How — Lessons Learned from InterAction Member Experiences”

Interaction Forum 2009
Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 7 – 10:00 – 11:30 am

While 2009 marks the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many questions remain about what it means to implement rights-based programs or apply rights-based approaches to global health and development programs.  HealthRight International, along with partners from Care, Human Rights Watch, and The Hunger Project will participate in an interactive workshop to provide an opportunity to review and discuss why and how global health and development organizations have applied rights-based approaches in their programs, moving from rhetoric to practical implementation.  The workshop will provide case-studies from NGO projects designed and/or evaluated from a rights perspective and generate discussion among panelists and the audience on both the added value and challenges of rights-based approaches.  Through practical examples from different geographic and community settings, the workshop will gather concrete lessons learned, supporting the NGO community’s efforts to advance human rights through our collective development efforts. 

Mona Byrkit, Director of Sexual and Reproductive at CARE, will showcase how a rights-based approach, applied within a comprehensive maternal health care program, led to dramatic increases in the use of emergency obstetric care and in maternal survival in a CARE program in rural Peru.  

Jill Lester, President and CEO of The Hunger Project, will highlight how the organization’s programs, based on a fundamental regard for human rights, have resulted in tangible successes via innovative health and microfinance programs in Malawi, as well as discussing programs in India providing rights-based education and training to women elected to local government. 

Vandana Tripathi, Program Director at HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA), will discuss the organization’s focus on reducing barriers to accessing health care faced by excluded communities, specifically describing the human rights and health impacts of HealthRight programs working with HIV-affected families in Viet Nam and Ukraine. 

Joe Amon, Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, will serve as moderator and provide an overview of key issues involved in rights-based program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

To learn more about this event, please contact Vandana Tripathi at or +1 212-226-9890.

To learn more about the 2009 Interaction Forum, please visit the forum website at