Health and human rights: A statistical measurement framework using household survey data in Uganda

Ronald Wesonga*, Abraham Owino, Agnes Ssekiboobo, Leonard Atuhaire, Peter Jehopio

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Background: Health is intertwined with human rights as is clearly reflected in the right to life. Promotion of health practices in the context of human rights can be accomplished if there is a better understanding of the level of human rights observance. In this paper, we evaluate and present an appraisal for a possibility of applying household survey to study the determinants of health and human rights and also derive the probability that human rights are observed; an important ingredient into the national planning framework. Methods: Data from the Uganda National Governance Baseline Survey were used. A conceptual framework for predictors of a hybrid dependent variable was developed and both bivariate and multivariate statistical techniques employed. Multivariate post estimation computations were derived after evaluations of the significance of coefficients of health and human rights predictors. Results: Findings, show that household characteristics of respondents considered in this study were statistically significant (p < 0.05) to provide a reliable assessment of human rights observance. For example, a unit increase of respondents' schooling levels results in an increase of about 34% level of positively assessing human rights observance. Additionally, the study establishes, through the three models presented, that household assessment of health and human rights observance was 20% which also represents how much of the entire continuum of human rights is demanded. Conclusion: Findings propose important evidence for monitoring and evaluation of health in the context human rights using household survey data. They provide a benchmark for health and human rights assessments with a focus on international and national development plans to achieve socio-economic transformation and health in society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalBMC International Health and Human Rights
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Health indicators
  • Household survey
  • Human rights
  • Statistical models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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