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WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DO AFRICAN SOCIETIES OWE TO THEIR CITIZENS IN TERMS OF HEALTH(CARE)?

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Most accounts of global justice tend to focus on the obligations of developed/rich countries toward poor/developing countries. But the question to identify what developing/poor countries themselves owe to their own citizens has received little attention. Theorists of global justice tend to assume that poor countries need help and implicitly presume that their obligations toward their own citizens, if any, are weaker than developed countries’ and may be limited to accepting help or assistance from developed countries and managing it efficiently and fairly. Relying on the African context and using the case of the human right to health (care), Dr. Thierry Ngosso suggests a theoretical agenda that will challenge that implicit presumption. The focus is only on the big picture on how we must think about the obligations that African societies themselves have regarding the right to health of their own people.

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