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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10.19.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Vote for Global Solidarity in an Era of Nationalistic Populism

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A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in, and seeking to more fully give life to, the right to health, enhancing accountability and advancing health equity – is an idea that persists. You may well ask: A global treaty in the current political environment, with many governments and rapidly strengthening […]

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10.15.18

Today is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

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(Latinx is a gender-neutral term encompassing Latino/Latina.) Each year, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed on October 15th. It is coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS, and this year’s theme, “Ending HIV is Everyone’s Job”, draws our attention to global, local, and community actions necessary to end the US HIV epidemic. Past […]

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10.15.18

Troubling Effects on Health of Trump’s Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  On September 21, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security signed a proposed rule that would allow immigration officials to refuse admission and deny visa extensions to immigrants who use public benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and federally-funded housing assistance programs. […]

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