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LECOMTE, Jocelin  and  MERCIER, Céline. The WHO atlas on global resources for persons with intellectual disabilities: a right to health perspective. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.2, pp.s160-s166. ISSN 0036-3634.

This paper focuses on the links between the WHO atlas on global resources for persons with intellectual disabilities (Atlas-ID) project and the right to health in international human rights law. The WHO Atlas-ID project initiated by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the WHO was designed to collect, compile and disseminate data on intellectual disabilities services and resources throughout the world. The right to health, as linked to all other human rights, brings a set of globally agreed upon norms and standards, and out of these norms arise governmental obligations. Even in countries which have a relatively high standard of living, persons with intellectual disabilities are very often denied the opportunity to enjoy the full range of economic, social and cultural rights. This paper aims at establishing the WHO Atlas-ID and the international human rights instruments as two parts of a holistic approach in regards to State provided services to persons with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Keywords : intellectual disabilities; right to health; human rights; WHO Atlas; resources; services; global survey.

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