Policy & Advocacy

Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Health Workers

The institute is focused on shaping global policies affecting health and human rights. The GIHHR looks to build on their partnerships with international health organizations to defend the interests of the world’s most vulnerable populations at all levels. A primary goal of the Institute is to empower the next generation of health activists and professionals to become engaged in the international promotion of health and human rights. The realization of social justice in health requires effective health policy and the protection of basic human rights, codified into law. The Institute’s focus is on vulnerable populations and those from the corners of society least able to advocate for themselves due to social, political and/or cultural marginalization. The Institute’s health policy work is a call to action to all those who shape public policy to remain aware of the needs of those who suffer most in society, and to enact laws that will protect their rights and well-being.

Activities include:

  • Planning, implementing and monitoring activities such as fellowships, internships, human rights clinics, and conferences
  • Encouraging anti-discrimination laws and those promoting equal access to healthcare for marginalized groups
  • Consulting as well as providing technical support for researchers and academics with the collaboration of international organizations
  • Providing advocacy and support to colleagues under threat due to their work on health and human rights
  • Collaboration in Developing Guidelines on Health and Human Rights




The Third High-Level Consultation on HIV in Conservative Social Settings
"HIV, Human Rights and Sustainability: From Analysis to Action"

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, in collaboration with the International AIDS Society and the American University of Beirut, held its third high-level consultation on HIV in conservative social settings. The conference was funded by The OPEC Fund for International Development. The two-day conference was held from January 25 - 26. Topics included stigma reduction, effective legal and policy frameworks, health care access for migrants and refugees, delivering culturally sensitive and religion-based services, and using social and mass media to engage key populations in HIV prevention programs.

Conference Agenda

Participant Biographies

The Second High-Level Consultation on HIV in Conservative Social Settings 
"Promoting A More Inclusive Approach to HIV: Inclusion and Support"

Istanbul, Turkey

The GIHHR and the International AIDS Society (IAS) organized the consultation with support from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Turkish Ministry of Health. Held January 30 - 31, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, the consultation brought together governmental officials, healthcare professionals, scholars, religious leaders, and civil society representatives from 15 Islamic majority countries, in addition to representatives of IAS and GIHHR. Topics discussed at the conference included sociocultural and political responses to HIV, the role of religion in HIV response, HIV among key populations, and practices for effective HIV prevention and care.