Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven

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Central to South Africa's democratic transformation have been attempts to understand how and why human rights abuses were common under apartheid. In testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission evidence has emerged of a wide range of past complicity in human rights abuses by health professionals and their organisations. This has presented a major(More)
BACKGROUND The complicity of the South African health sector in apartheid and the international relevance of human rights as a professional obligation prompted moves to include human rights competencies in the curricula of health professionals in South Africa. A Train-the-Trainers course in Health and Human Rights was established in 1998 to equip faculty(More)
The need for health professionals to address their human rights obligations has emerged in the last decade both internationally as well as nationally following the findings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Support for human rights norms has become a priority for institutions as well as practitioners within the health sector. Training(More)
Wars must be won if our country . . . is to be protected from unthinkable outcomes, as the events on September 11th most recently illustrated. . . . This best protection unequivocally requires armed forces having military physicians committed to doing what is required to secure victory. . . . As opposed to needing neutral physicians, we need military(More)
Documenting, quantifying, intervening in and preventing interpersonal violence is a leading global public health challenge of this decade.1 Apart from HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria – where violence arguably plays an exacerbating role – what other disease process claims more than half a million lives annually, generating a burden of ‘approximately 1400 deaths a(More)