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Realising the Right to Health for Young People in South Africa—Some Reflections

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rhona Smith


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© 2016 The Round Table Ltd. The right to health is enshrined in the South African Constitution as well as a range of international and regional human rights treaties which South Africa accepts. Yet empirical data reveals some of the challenges faced by South African youth—childhood diseases, HIV/AIDS and such like. There are evidently challenges realising the right to health in practice. Nevertheless, South African courts have led the international field in recognising the justiciability of economic and social rights such as the right to health. Having reviewed the applicable laws and jurisprudence, the paper will conclude that a more holistic human rights-based approach offers perhaps the best way forward.

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Author(s): O'Brien D, Smith R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Round Table

Year: 2016

Volume: 105

Issue: 4

Pages: 389-399

Online publication date: 06/07/2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0035-8533

ISSN (electronic): 1474-029X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2016.1205352


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