The Institute for Collective Health Studies (IESC) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Human Rights and Health (LIDS) and several partners, among them CEPIA, held the third session of the Extension Course Approaches to Human Rights in Health, on July 5th, when the theme Right to Health in International Practice was presented and debated.

Leila Linhares Barsted acted as mediator of this session, which had the presentations of Professor Silvia Pimentel, from PUC/SP, Dr. Leandro Viegas, specialist in the subject from the World Health Organization (WHO), and Dr. Renata Tavares Costa, from the Public Defender’s Office of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

In this session the following themes were addressed: the international human rights system and the performance of the international treaties monitoring committees; the World Health Organization and health emergencies; the Inter-American Human Rights System and litigation strategies.

On July 12th, the fourth session of this course focused on the theme of Access to Justice and Health: Challenges and Perspectives in the enforcement of human rights. The session was mediated by Professor Jacqueline de Souza (LIDHS, UFF) and included presentations by the Public Defenders Thaisa Guerreiro, Livia Casseres and Flávia Nascimento, who presented the main aspects of access to justice and the work of the Rio de Janeiro State Public Defender’s Office (DPERJ) with vulnerable groups, highlighting collective protection in health, racial inequality and health and gender inequality.

The fifth session of the course took place on July 19th and addressed the topic of Stigma and Discrimination in health globally and locally, mediated by Public Defender Thaíssa Guerreiro and included presentations by Professors Luciana Simas (UNODC,UN), Carla Pereira (ABIA) and Cecília Santos da Silva (Health Program for Vulnerable Populations of the Municipality of Niterói) who presented the various ways in which stigma and discrimination have repercussions on health and how human rights have been incorporated into social responses and health policies in relation to HIV/AIDS, prison health and mental health.

Leila Linhares Barsted and Jacqueline Pitanguy, executive coordinators of CEPIA participated in those sessions.