Health treaties are 'window dressing' to many nations

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LIFE expectancy does not increase when countries ratify human rights treaties in which they promise to improve health. Edward Mills of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada, analysed health in 170 countries. Sixty five per cent had signed six treaties that included sections on improving health, but this made no difference to the countries’ scores on four key measures of health: mortality rates of mothers, infants and children, and life expectancy (The Lancet, vol 373, p 1987). In many countries,