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Table 1 Complementarities between public health ethics and human rights

From: Exploring synergies between human rights and public health ethics: A whole greater than the sum of its parts

How public health ethics can contribute to human rights: How human rights can contribute to public health ethics:
By reinforcing the normative claims of international human rights law
By strengthening advocacy for human rights
By bridging the divide between public health practitioners and human rights advocates in certain contemporary health domains.
By contributing to discourses on the determinants of health through:
a. definitions of the right to health and the notion of the indivisibility of rights
b. emphasis on the duties of states to progressively realize the health of citizens
c. recognition of the protection of human rights as itself a determinant of health
By refocusing attention on the health and illness on marginalized individuals and populations.