About the Handover Dialogues

Handover meetings serve a critical role in ensuring a smooth transition between mandate holders. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this tradition was reimagined as the Handover Dialogues, a series of virtual conversations and webinars with key stakeholders in global health.

This series of virtual dialogues took place from 2020 to early 2021, and aimed to preserve Dr. Pūras’ legacy of work and catalog the transmission of his legacy.

This website is dedicated to documenting this series of virtual Handover Dialogues and make information about them accessible to the general public.

“Mental health is part of a larger human rights issue and my very strong position was and remains that the protection and promotion of universal human rights principles in general, and addressing inequities, violence, and discrimination, is crucial to the mental health of everyone.” Dainius Pūras

UN Special Raporteurs on the Right to Health

Dainius Pūras is a medical doctor and human rights advocate. He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health from 2014 to 2020.

He is also a professor at Vilnius University, Lithuania, and the director of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, an NGO based in Vilnius.

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Tlaleng Mofokeng is a medical doctor with expertise advocating for universal health access, HIV care, youth friendly services and family planning.

Tlaleng Mofokeng is Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa and member of the boards of Safe Abortion Action Fund, Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, Accountability International.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health