Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (the Right to Health), was in Poland from May 4 to May 12. The purpose of his mission was to assess how Poland implements the right to health. The visit was focused on three major issues: sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV and harm reduction, drug dependence treatments and relevant laws, policies and practices, and their impact on the enjoyment of the right to health.
Before this meeting, Anand Grover also attended a South American Consultation about the Right to Health in São Paulo, Brazil, where he met 40 representatives of civil society organizations from Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. The meeting that was invited by the Rapporteur – and facilitated by Conectas Human Rights, Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW) and ABIA (Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association on AIDS) – has been a first in a series of regional consultations planned by the Rapporteur to collect deeper knowledge and dialogue with key civil society actors in relation to key trends and challenges that may be relevant for the implementation of his mandate.