We are a non-profit foundation that defends human rights so that all people, wherever they live, can exercise their right to health. We work independently of institutions, religious beliefs, and political ideologies. We receive support from memberships, private donors and foundations.
In 2003, a group of activists decided to come together in order to get Spain and the rest of the world to stop looking the other way in the fight against AIDS in impoverished countries, those most affected by the disease. Today, Salud por Derecho creates campaigns, formulates proposals and advocates the defence of the right to health from the perspective of social justice and inequality. We work on putting the focus on governments and addressing causes and solutions that would tackle the infringement on the right to health in the long run.
We work on a national, European and global level from our headquarters in Madrid.
40 million people are currently infected with the AIDS virus worldwide, 90% in impoverished countries, and only 45% have access to treatment. AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis epidemics are exacerbated by poverty, exclusion, inequality and the violation of fundamental human rights.
The crisis in the health systems of developing countries is another factor that causes the spread of these pandemics, along with the fact that 400 million people lack access to basic health services or fall further into poverty by having to pay for them. On the other hand, more than a third of the world’s population has no access to the medicine they need because they are not developed, due to a lack of sufficient profits for the industry or because high prices make these drugs unaffordable for patients and health systems.