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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Posted in Global Health, Global Health Governance, Health and Human Rights, Human Rights, WHO ; Tagged: equality, fcgh, FCGH Alliance, Framework Convention on Global Health, global solidarity, human rights, nationalistic populism, right to health.
Image: Courtsey of Rolling Stone Racial tensions, inequalities police brutality, and violence are a major concern in the United States. People of color in America suffer from disparities across areas such as education, employment, housing, and incarceration rates. African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million people in jail and are […]
From Auschwitz… I write these words just after my parents visited Auschwitz, that place of murder and Mengele, torture and terror, starvation and slavery, whose very name will be forever synonymous with the depths of darkness into which humanity can descend. As my parents told me after their experience, being there makes one shudders at […]
This article was written by Yusra Ribhi Shawar, an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a courtesy appointment at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Jennifer Prah Ruger, the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. […]
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]
Posted in Global Health, Global Health Governance, Health and Human Rights, Human Rights, Infectious Diseases, uncategorized ; Tagged: accountability, empowerment, health equity programs of action, High-Level Meeting on TB, participation, SDGs, social determinants of health, TB.
Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]
The past several weeks have brought reminders of the importance of solidarity with our fellow human beings who face threats to their well-being, whether from the diseases of hate and cruelty or from the equally devastating disease of indifference. We begin in Washington, DC, then move to the global stage. ****** As a resident of Washington, DC, […]
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