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Table 3 Key themes from the case studies: Human rights, health equity and community engagement

From: 'Issues of equity are also issues of rights': Lessons from experiences in Southern Africa

• Rights alone are not enough, but need to be coupled with community engagement
• Rights, appropriately applied, can strengthen community engagement
• Rights, conceived in terms of agency, are the strongest guarantors of effective equity-promoting impacts
• Rights should strengthen the collective agency of the most vulnerable groups
• Rights approaches should aim to address the public-private and global divides in relation to Human Rights
• Information and Transparency are key to human rights approaches that build equity
• Human rights approaches provide additional opportunities for mobilising resources outside the health sector