Elementary School Students Learn About Human Rights and Healthcare

school visitors 3On April 15, 2014, Dr. Shafik Dharamsi engaged the Surrey community by hosting a Grade 4 class from Southridge Elementary School.  The students are working on a class research project which focuses on human rights and healthcare both locally and globally.
Dr. Dharamsi explained to the students that the World Health Organization advocates for health-related human rights, including the right to health as a fundamental right of every human being.  Millions of people worldwide suffer from little or no access to primary healthcare.  The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, states that “the right to health extends not only to timely and appropriate health care but also to the underlying determinants of health, such as access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation, an adequate supply of safe food, nutrition and housing, health occupational and environmental conditions, and access to health-related education and information, including on sexual and reproductive health.”