Health and human rights are deeply interconnected. Improving the well-being of the population requires that everyone, without discrimination, have access to good-quality health services. Moreover, good health is necessary to realize other basic human rights. Thus, health is itself a basic human right, and it is an important precondition for the meaningful fulfillment of a wide range of other human rights.
To understand and protect health as a human right, it is imperative to identify and solve social problems on a large scale. Those working in health and human rights must be “social entrepreneurs”, change agents who seize opportunities to improve upon old systems and paradigms. Historic shifts — changes in women’s rights, the spread of political freedoms, access to education, the expansion of rights for workers — have always been engendered by these social entrepreneurs and change agents.
Around the world, global issues like HIV, population growth, human rights, and poverty have galvanized people and organizations with shared interests to become agents of social change. The Institute is positioned to be a part of these important shifts, and to lead creative efforts to find sustainable solutions in domains such as education, healthcare, human rights, prison reform, etc. to best meet these challenges. The Institute hopes to be in the vanguard of these agents of change, and to empower a new generation of “social entrepreneurs” who advance social progress on a global scale in the interest of the promotion of health and human rights.