Author Archives: Drew Aiken

08.21.18

Changes in WHO MDR-TB Treatment Guidelines Promote a Human Rights-Based Approach to TB

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  Last week WHO issued key changes to treatment guidelines for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which implement a new priority ranking of available medicines and now include a fully oral regimen as one preferred option for MDR-TB treatment. The new ranking balances effectiveness and harms and prioritizes oral regimens over injection-based regimens. There is a significant […]

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07.27.18

Progress Towards Addressing Health Challenges and Inequity in Namibia

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  Last week, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan and held the inaugural National Health Assembly. The National Health Assembly is a forum to discuss health issues and challenges in the country, including the development of the UHC framework which is presently underway. National Health Assemblies have […]

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06.26.18

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Calls for a Rights-Based Approach to Tuberculosis

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  In the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to take place in September, on June 18th the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health released an open letter emphasizing that states must commit to a rights-based approach to tuberculosis. The letter highlights that current levels of progress levels fail to […]

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05.28.18

Inequality in Namibia: Decreasing but Still Significant

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Namibia is an upper middle-income country where prosperity is not shared by everyone; pervasive inequality persists in Namibia and only a small proportion of people in Namibia live under conditions of an upper-middle income country. Having lived under apartheid until independence in 1990, significant disparity in health, wealth and in many other facets of life […]

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05.09.18

The Mental Health Implications of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

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  image: the Chronicle To anyone who has experienced gender or other forms of discrimination, in the workplace or outside, it is likely unsurprising that pay disparity—one of the clearest markers of discrimination –is linked with anxiety and depression. In addition to pay discrimination on the basis of gender, other manifestations of workplace discrimination include […]

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04.16.18

Legal Barriers, Stigma and Discrimination Drive TB Among Migrants

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.   Image: radiocampuslorraine.com   Globally, the number of international migrants continues to increase. Yet, gaping health barriers continue to impede the realization of their right to health and undermine efforts in the fight against TB. In 2017 there were 258 million international migrants, an increase of 49% since 2000.[1] Migrants face many barriers accessing health services, […]

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03.23.18

A Rights-Based Approach Is Required to End TB by 2030

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Photo: Hindustan Times Tomorrow is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, which commemorates March 24, 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of TB, mycobacterium tuberculosis. Today, TB is preventable, treatable and curable. Yet in 2016 there were 10.4 million new TB cases and 1.7 million deaths—a higher number of deaths than […]

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02.26.18

Post-Nasser: An Opportunity to Change the Culture of Rape Impunity in Michigan?

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 photo: BCGavel.com Like so many Michigan State University alumni, I was sickened to hear the details of the Larry Nasser case and the role the university played in impunity for so many appalling crimes against girls and young women—there are allegations of assault against 260 victims.[1] The crisis of sexual assault on campuses and more […]

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01.30.18

Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy and the Groundbreaking Case of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy vs. Union of India & Others

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  Many thanks to Yashaswini Mittal for her significant contributions to this article, and especially for her and her team’s work at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy fighting stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy in India, through their groundbreaking public interest litigation. image: NDTV.com Last Sunday was World Leprosy Day, an annual opportunity […]

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12.31.17

The Use of Confinement in the Name of Public Health

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Photo: Smithsonian Magazine Throughout recent history, confinement has been justified by countries on purported ‘public health’ grounds to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. However, too often the practice of confinement leads to egregious rights violations through overly-broad use of isolation or other forms of confinement, which sometimes includes excessive and lengthy duration and tends […]

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