Constitutional Rights to Health
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center analyzed national constitutional text in force as of May 2014.
Why consider constitutions?
Among the tools that governments use to regulate human rights are national and sub-national legislation, targeted programs and policies, and national constitutions. Most of the maps in our website are based on national policies and laws such as whether education is free, and whether parents can take leave for children’s health needs. The implications of these policies, if implemented and enforced properly, are clear. Constitutions typically outline a broader set of rights for which implementation mechanisms are less clear. They often need to be translated into laws and policies to have a widespread impact on citizens’ lives, however:
For these reasons, we consider it important to provide information on countries’ constitutional provisions in addition to the commitments outlined in policies and legislation.
Leave for Health Needs
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center reviewed original labor legislation and information on social security systems from each UN member state and global sources to collect information about policies for adult labor as of February 2014. The following sources were used to gather information on this subject:
Additional information to fill in gaps from the abovementioned sources was drawn from the following sources:
Initial data analysis has focused on national-level law and policy collected by the UN and other global organizations. In countries where labor policies are set at the state or provincial level, such as the U.S. and India, we coded based on the lowest level of guarantee.
For details on the variables included in this category, please see WORLD global maps on Health.
For more information about WORLD’s approach to building globally comparative databases on policies affecting human health, development, well-being, and equity, please visit our Methodology page.