Friendly health services free from stigma and discrimination

November 27th to December 1st, 2017
Friendly health services free from stigma and discrimination

Main teacher:
Dr. Ada Caridad Alfonso Rodríguez
National Center for Sexual Education
National Center for Sexual Education
Ana María Cano López MSc
Manuel Vázquez Seijido MSc
Elvia de Dios Blanco MSc
Massiel Rodríguez Núñez BA

The process of recognition and protection of human rights is a people’s social and cultural advance, and an achievement of social movements. A construction of the health model that puts away the biologics paradigm and includes the social question should be proposed the discussion with human rights perspective of public health models, state and public order coverage.
The right to health is one of the fundamental human rights of all and, therefore, it is indivisible from the exercise of other rights, such as the right to identity, to dignified living conditions, to work, to housing, to education, among others.
It is unavoidable that our societies discuss their medical models, the capabilities of their citizens and the processes of social stigmatization of certain conditions, as well as groups of people.
Discrimination has adopted various forms of expression according to contexts and cultures. Health or illness are not static situations or unmodifiable, nor the attention processes have been assumed static by which the discriminatory situations to access to this right are no exception. On the other hand, medicalization as a social practice that focuses, almost exclusively, on the biomedical aspects of diseases or illnesses, and leaves in the periphery the social determinations of it, concluding with the pathologization of situations of the vital and daily process and sexualities.
The course aims to problematize about the approaches of health-disease-health care processes from a biomedical perspective / hegemonic medical model and those that integrate a perspective of human rights, in order to promote the reflection of the trainees about their representations and practices, and contribute to the implementation of public policies and health services that guarantee equality, non-discrimination and the inclusion of all. It is proposed to highlight the existing tensions in the health services anchored in stigmas and discrimination and its impact on the health of populations with vulnerabilities from different origins.

General objective:

Basing the friendly health services from a human rights perspective as a guarantee for health benefits free of stigma and discrimination.

Main topics:
• The right to health as a human right of all
• Health services. Health a responsibility of the State
• Sexual and Reproductive Health. Inclusive sexual health services
• Sexual rights
• Ethics, bioethics and bioethical dilemmas
• Gender, gender inequalities and gender inequities in health
• Stigma, discrimination and institutional violence
• Friendly health services to cultural, social and sexual diversity

It is accredited by the Institute of Medical Science of Havana. The course registration fee for non-residents in Cuba is $ 200.00 CUC.

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