Making Health a Human Right: The World Health Organization and the United Nations Programme on Human Rights and Scientific and Technological Developments


  • Benjamin Mason Meier

  • The author is grateful to Glenn McLaurin for his research assistance in the development of this article; to Socrates Litsios for his reflections on the history of the World Health Organization; to Professors Ronald Bayer, Theodore Brown, Gerald Oppenheimer, Jennifer Prah Ruger, and Michael Cotey Morgan for their insightful comments on previous drafts; to Columbia University's Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health for providing the space and support to develop this research; to the archival staffs at the United Nations and World Health Organization for hosting this research in New York and Geneva; and to participants in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Conference on Health Rights in Global Historical Perspective for their thoughtful feedback.