Governments are legally obliged to ensure adequate access to health information

This article was inspired by the work being done by the Health Information for All by 2015 group in bringing information to both care seekers and care givers.

Bhaumik S, Pakenham-Walsh N, Chatterjee P, Biswas T. Governments are legally obliged to ensure adequate access to health information. Lancet Glob Health. 2013 Sep;1(3):e129-30. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70043-3. Epub 2013 Aug 2. PubMed PMID: 25104255.

Abstract

Access to reliable, relevant, and implementable health-care information has been identified as one of the key determinants for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).1 In 2006, Pang and coworkers2 noted that the challenge is to “ensure that everyone in the world can have access to clean, clear knowledge—a basic human right, and a public health need as important as access to clean, clear water, and much more easily achievable.” However, this challenge has repeatedly been put on the sidelines.

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