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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsHealth and Human Rights


Second edition (2017)
Kwanele, MSc Medicine, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

'I unreservedly recommend this summer school to anyone interested in the intersections between international law, human rights and global health law. The interactive teaching style encourages knowledge sharing between faculty and participants. I enjoyed learning about the public health systems of Austria, England, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya and the Netherlands from my colleagues. The Global Health Law faculty in Groningen is academically generous. They encouraged dialogue on NCDs and other pressing global health issues.

The summer school is well organised in all aspects - swift enrolment process, help with travel and lodging information and carefully selected pre-readings to help to familiarise participants with the course content. I was particularly impressed with the care that the course coordinators took to help us settle into our stay in Groningen. Our living environment enriched the learning and social experiences.

Attending the summer school helped me appreciate why global health institutions and national governments need to adopt a human rights based approach to address the rising global burden of non-communicable disease (NCDs). The course covers the key concepts on the right to health at international law – focusing on right bearers’ entitlements and state duties. I enjoyed being taught by highly rated global health academics, many of who shared helpful insights on how global health policy is formulated by the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly.'


Emmanuel, human rights lawyer and health advocate

'The topics discussed were new challenges and opportunities to advance health, especially non communicable diseases (NCDs) using law and human rights.
I primarily benefitted from lectures and hands-on exercises such as case studies. I liked the mix of touchy subjects (cancer and diabetics) and hot topics (tobacco related health infirmity, intellectual property, access to essential medicines, NCDs policies). Basically, it is a place for all health advocates to learn how global epidemic of NCDs is a public health concern which needs a multifaceted approach. Groningen is a nice and beautiful student city to stay and learn.'

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