Global Health Policy and Governance focuses comparatively on how governments address critical health issues—with particular attention to equity, financing, and rights aspects of disease response.
This Lancet Commission is hosted at the O’Neill Institute to examine the vital role of law in responding to major global health challenges. It seeks to define and systematically describe the current landscape of law that affects global health and safety. The Commission will make an innovative case for the power of law to improve health while revealing the opportunities and challenges under the status quo.
The O’Neill Institute partnered with the Stellenbosch University Centre for HIV Management and the Treatment Action Campaign to explore how U.S. global AIDS funding is reaching the front-lines of the AIDS response in South Africa and how changes in policy at the global and national level are translating into facility-level interventions. With support from amfAR, we created a unique partnership between researchers and community leaders living with HIV to conduct interviews at over fifty randomly-selected public sector facilities in the highest HIV prevalence districts in the country. We then presented these results—first at a public town hall attended by People Living with HIV and the head of PEPFAR, Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, and then at the Country Operational Planning Process—helping provide insights that triggered significant policy change.
The O’Neill Institute for National & Global health Law at Georgetown University will co-host the fifth convening of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. The Congress will take place the week of September 24, 2018. The Global Congress is the main convening of a global network of over 800 researchers, activists, and practitioners who work on the intersection of intellectual property and promotion of the public interest. The Congress is co-hosted by The American University Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) with the core goal to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world. The O’Neill Institute is chairing the Access to Medicines Track.
With the U.S. administration considering reorganization of foreign aid and the State Department, the O’Neill Institute convened a working group of leading experts in global health policy to consider the future of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The resulting report examines the history of PEPFAR and analyzes how governance could impact the efficacy of the program, including the idea of moving the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and changing its reporting structures, which the working group recommended against.
National Health Equity Strategies could offer a new approach to reducing health inequities—an approach that would be comprehensive, aim to empower the people who experience these inequities, and that could help establish a sustained national focus on health equity. O’Neill is working with partners around the world to explore and pioneer this approach.
Kavanagh, Matthew M, and Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola. “PEPFAR Policy at the Front Lines in South Africa: Report on Interviews in Public-Sector Facilities. (2018).
“Reorganization and the Future of PEPFAR.” O’Neill Institute report (2017).