The University of Iowa

2001: Global Assembly: Advancing the Human Right to Health

April 20-22, 2001

Organized By

UI Global Health Studies Program
UI Center for Human Rights

University of Iowa Co-Sponsors

College of Public Health
College of Medicine
Office of International Programs
Associate Provost for Health Sciences
International Programs National Resource Center
Global Studies
Anthropology Department
Students Against Sweatshops

Off-Campus Sponsors

The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Harvard School of Public Health
The University of Northern Iowa
Global Health Corps
Global Lawyers and Physicians
Physicians for Human Rights
Doctors for Global Health
The Stanley Foundation

Conference Goals

To elaborate, disseminate, and advance the core human rights concept, “Right to Health” by:

  • Illustrating the specific consequences worldwide of denial of the right to health;
  • Presenting research findings and identifying practical strategies that encourage equity, accessibility, acceptability, self-determination, and sustainability in health services;
  • Introducing appropriate initiatives for international, national, and local communities to incorporate within institutions of government, learning, employment, and civic society that affirm economic, social and cultural human rights to support health;
  • Composing and publishing a substantive Iowa City Declaration addressing the Right to Health, that underscores the interdependence of health, human rights, and social justice and addresses the role of global disparities in the production of widespread suffering and ill health.


Daniel Tarantola MD
Senior Policy Adviser to the Director-General, World Health Organization
"World Health and Human Rights"

Carlos Pazos MD
Advisor to Cuban Minister of Health
"Globalization, Its Impact on Health"


Stephen Marks
Director François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Robert Mazur, PhD
Associate Professor Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.

Carlos Pazos, M.D.
Advisor to the Cuban Minister of Health

Eibe Riedel, JD
Professor and Vice-President, University of Manheim Germany, Member UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Christopher R. Rossi, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D.
Visiting lecturer in international law, University of Iowa College of Law and Executive Director of Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD
Executive Director Physicians for Human Rights, Washington, DC.

Clyde Lanford "Lanny" Smith, M.D., MPH
Director Doctors for Global Health, Bronx N.Y.

Brooke Schoeph, Ph.D.
Medical Anthropologist, Harvard University

Victor Sidel, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York

Katarina Tomasevski, Ph.D.
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

Judyth Twigg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University.

David Werner, PhD.
Facilitator Project Piaxtla, western Mexico

Owens Wiwa, M.D.
Research Coordinator for Culture, Communities and Health Studies, Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Canada, representative MOSOP, Canada.