Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child entered into force September 2, 1990, and includes several Articles obligating Member States to ensure services and facilities are available to protect the health of children, provide for public health of children, along with the necessary preventative healthcare for children. Specifically, Article 24 obligates Member States to pursue full implementation of the rights of children, and take measures to, inter alia, “combat disease and malnutrition, including within the framework of primary healthcare…” and “ensure the provision of necessary medical assistance and health care to all children with emphasis on the development of primary healthcare.”