11.20.18

The O’Neill Institute Hosts Its World AIDS Day Event on November 30: Innovative Approaches to HIV Treatment and Prevention

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In recognition of World AIDS Day, the O’Neill Institute is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on innovative approaches to HIV treatment and prevention. The event will take place on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Georgetown University Law Center in McDonough Hall Room 200. It will include a discussion of the following […]

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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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11.16.18

Suicide in Prisons and Jails: A Growing Concern

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Photo Credit: Urdupoint.com Suicide among inmates in prisons and jails in the United States and abroad is a serious concern.  The United States has lower rates of suicide in prison compared to Western European and Nordic countries   However, compared to other nations, the United States has the highest prison population in the world and rates […]

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11.09.18

Swift legal intervention mitigates a drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak in Malawian prisons, but the worst could still be ahead

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A recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Malawian prisons should be a wake up call. It shouldn’t be a surprise that six people in Malawi’s nightmarishly congested prisons contracted drug-resistant TB—the prisons provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to thrive and spread. This is true of many prisons throughout the world, especially in countries with high […]

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11.05.18

Being Sick Can Land You in Jail: Hepatitis C Criminalization

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Several U.S. states have laws that criminalize knowingly exposing another to viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases. The definitions of the crimes and severity of penalties vary. Some states specifically target diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis in the statutes, while others impose penalties for exposing others to any infectious diseases.  While opinions on […]

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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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11.02.18

Mainstreaming the Human Right to Food Within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The Rise and Decline of an Agenda for Change

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This article was written by Carolin Anthes, a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). The international community has committed to achieve zero hunger by 2030. This year’s World Food Day message by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rightly reminds us: “Our actions are our future!”-“A #ZeroHunger world […]

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10.29.18

UN Human Rights Committee: Denying Undocumented Migrants Access to Essential Health Services Violates the Right to Life

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Recently the United Nations Human Rights Committee made an important ruling, finding that the Canadian government violated the rights of an undocumented immigrant for denying her access to essential health care. The Committee recommended that the government review its legislation to ensure that undocumented migrants have access to essential health services as well as the […]

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10.26.18

Venezuela’s health crisis: national and cross-border effects

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This blog was written by Carolina I. Andrada, intern at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Andrés Constantin On October 15, 2018, the Medical Federation of Venezuela (FMV) alerted that the nation’s measles epidemic had become sickeningly large. The FMV’s president, Douglas León Natera, warned that the case count had surpassed 650,000 and […]

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10.25.18

Medical Discrimination Against Transgender Persons

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This blog post was written by Brenna Gautam, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute and a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center.  On October 11, 2018, a jury awarded two transgender women $780,000 after a federal judge ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on gender treatment in state employee insurance plans violates federal law. The plaintiffs can […]

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