Advancing Health Equity through Benefits Screening

This article is the sixth in a series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada. SUMMARY: This article explores benefits screening, a system of auditing patients to identify those living in poverty and the benefits they may be eligible for, as an innovative step towards realizing the right to health in Canada by advancing health equity.[1]…

International Philanthropy in Action: Human Rights

Introduction International philanthropy usually brings to mind famine relief or using Canadian dollars and expertise to build wells and irrigation systems in Third World countries; however Canadian expertise can be used to protect lives and improve living conditions in another way-by sending Canadians to observe and report back on murders, disappearances and torture in other…

CIVICUS and the Challenge of International Philanthropy

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, those who watch such things realized that a global “association revolution” was underway. Citizens’ associations, people’s movements, voluntary organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), mutual assistance groups, philanthropic foundations and other grassroots organizations were springing up all over the world, some of them in the most unlikely places-developing countries in…