02.06.19

President Says We Can End the HIV Epidemic in 10 Years: What I Hope to See in His Plan

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I had the privilege of serving as President Obama’s first HIV/AIDS Advisor and I led the process of creating our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.  The Strategy was a five-year plan that was updated in 2015. Yesterday, President Trump acknowledged our country’s great strides and said that his budget will commit the […]

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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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01.25.19

Develop your skills blending law, science, and policy as a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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At my high school graduation, a friend and I had a short dialogue speaking to our graduating class about where our futures were headed. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked her. She confidently answered, “A horse.” After an awkward moment or two went by, she continued with, “Or at […]

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01.23.19

Living in Fear of News Headlines: The Struggle to Maintain Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s Hostile Social Climate

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I am scheduled to write a post to this blog about once a month. I usually scan through the most recent headlines in public health and health care to write about a timely issue. However, of late I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bleak information in today’s news – spanning from the mildly […]

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01.23.19

The situation of access to health services in El Salvador

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This post was written by Patricio López Turconi, Intern at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Andrés Constantin. Women El Salvador has sought to reduce inequality in access to health services for women through its 2011 Law on Equality, Equity and Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Decree N° 645). Article 26 […]

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01.22.19

O’Neill Institute Releases Quick Take Documents on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV Prevention

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Today the O’Neill Institute released two new Quick Take documents. Following the November 2018 election, with many new members of Congress, these reports are intended as educational resources for legislators and congressional staff as well as for HIV community stakeholders and the general public. Building upon a March 2017 issue brief on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS […]

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01.18.19

Drug prices regulation in Colombia: An Issue of Sustainability and Social Justice

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Access to medicines is part of the Human Right to Health. The core components of this internationally recognized right indicate that every effort should be made to ensure that all actors in the health sector take up the challenge of ensuring that medicines are available, accessible and acceptable and of proper quality to all, including […]

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01.15.19

Teaching Dr. King, Teaching Ourselves

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Georgetown University has a tradition for Martin Luther King Jr. Day that we should all join. In 2013, Georgetown incorporated “Teach the Speech” into its “Let Freedom Ring!” Initiative. Now, each year, the university selects a Martin Luther King Jr. speech and, along with a teach-in open to all, encourages all faculty to incorporate the […]

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01.11.19

A legal fight against Kenya’s discriminatory HIV laws kicks off in the Nairobi High Court

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With the support of their loved ones and a sharp legal team from KELIN, a group of brave Kenyans living with HIV has challenged some of the world’s harshest HIV criminalization laws. Galvanized by the Positive Justice Campaign, their petition asks the Nairobi High Court to strike down as unconstitutional section 26 of Kenya’s Sexual […]

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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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