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03.22.19

Tobacco industry, bribery and anticorruption

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This post was written by Camila Florencia Tort, Consultant at the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Organization of American States and Andrés Constantin. The World Health Organization projects the death toll from tobacco will rise to more than eight million by 2030. Despite the strides made in curbing the tobacco epidemic, the tobacco industry […]

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02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

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Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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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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12.13.18

Bringing human rights and the law to the fight against TB in prisons

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The world over, prisons provide ideal conditions for TB transmission—globally, TB incidence in prisons is 33 times that in the general population; and new data confirms that TB in prisons spills over into communities. In other words, prisons are like TB factories that drive TB epidemics all over the world. This November and December, the […]

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12.04.18

A Call for Action Now: The Health of Millions of Immigrants Is at Risk

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As captured by Emma Lazarus, the torch of the Statute of Liberty lights the path for “the poor,” “the homeless, tempest-tossed,” welcoming them to this land, to the United States. Yet this administration’s basest instincts, so harsh towards those “yearning to breath free,” already seeking to block those who are fleeing persecution and remove who […]

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11.20.18

Trump Administration Further Restricts Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

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This post was written by Emily Fruchterman, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. The day after the midterm elections, the Trump administration released a series of new rules likely to have a troubling impact on American women’s access to reproductive care. The first two are final rules that significantly expand the ability of employers […]

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10.11.18

Auschwitz, South Sudan, and Searching for What Might Have Been

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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 […]

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10.09.18

We need new laws: new report shows the nature of coercion and criminalization in TB-related laws

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On September 26, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly approved a Political Declaration that sets out the first globally coordinated response to one of the greatest public health and human rights crises of our time, tuberculosis (TB). United Nations documents are typically structured by two main elements, “preambular paragraphs” and “operative paragraphs;” the former provide context […]

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09.28.18

Getting to the roots of TB: The promise of health equity programs of action

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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 […]

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08.20.18

Solidarity in a Time of Fear and Resistance: Here and Everywhere

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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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