Author Archives: Isabel Barbosa

04.01.19

Birth Plans and Obstetric Violence: The Question We Should Be Asking

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Image courtesy of Quartz Many of the debates about reproductive health revolve around the autonomy of women during pregnancy and labor. This is most apparent, of course, in the discussions about pregnancy termination, but it also shows in the broader issue of obstetric violence. Earlier this year, the Regional Council of Medicine in Rio de […]

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02.26.19

The air quality crisis in Bogota is an opportunity to rethink urban development

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Image courtesy of Justin Sovich/Creative Commons Last week Bogota, Colombia, experienced an environmental and health crisis: due to air pollution, the city’s authorities activated a code yellow (in some places, even a code orange) and imposed restrictions on the circulation of cars. They explained that the poor air quality was a result of thermal inversions, […]

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02.03.19

The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine

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Image courtesy of O Tempo Brazil is recovering from one of the biggest environmental and human tragedies the country has ever gone through. Someone reading this blog post two weeks ago would have probably guessed that it referred to the mining dam collapse in the city of Mariana in 2015. On that occasion the disaster […]

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01.02.19

Taxes, development and human rights: reflections from Colombia

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Image courtesy of Archivo Semana Last November, Colombia eliminated the tax on products for menstrual hygiene management. The Constitutional Court decided that taxing pads and tampons constituted a form of indirect discrimination against women and was therefore unconstitutional. This decision put an end to a long-lasting discussion between the government and civil society. In 2016, […]

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11.16.18

More Doctors: Brazil’s program to improve access to healthcare suffers severe blow

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Image courtesy of Karina Zambrana/ASCOM This week, the Brazilian healthcare program More Doctors (in Portuguese, “Mais Médicos”) suffered a severe blow as Cuba announced it would no longer participate. Launched by the government of former president Dilma Rousseff, More Doctors is a program created to improve access to healthcare in the public health system, by placing physicians […]

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11.02.18

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues ruling on the progressive realization of the right to health

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Image courtesy of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights The past couple of years have brought interesting developments regarding the adjudication of the right to health at an international level. Following years of debate within the legal community as to the possibility of direct adjudication of social, economic and cultural rights under the American Convention […]

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09.20.18

The FDA comes down on e-cigarettes: balancing harm reduction and youth protection

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Last week, the Head of the US Food and Drug Administration warned the manufacturers of Juul and other e-cigarettes about the risks posed by these products to children and teenagers, calling attention to the fact that underage usage had reached “an epidemic proportion.” The FDA put the makers and sellers of such devices on notice. […]

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