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Article Comparison - Arab Charter on Human Rights [*]

Article 39

1. The States parties recognize the right of every member of society to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and the right of the citizen to free basic health care services and to have access to medical facilities without discrimination of any kind.

2. The measures taken by States parties shall include the following:

(a) Development of basic health care services and the guaranteeing of free and easy access to the centres that provide these services, regardless of geographical location or economic status;

(b) Efforts to control disease by means of prevention and cure in order to reduce the mortality rate;

(c) Promotion of health awareness and health education;

(d) Suppression of traditional practices which are harmful to the health of the individual;

(e) Provision of basic nutrition and safe drinking water for all;

(f) Combating environmental pollution and providing proper sanitation systems;

(g) Combating drugs, psychotropic substances, smoking and substances that are damaging to health.