Category Archives: WHO

06.11.19

The 72nd World Health Assembly: Health, Justice, and Accountability

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This article was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Sarah Wetter, and Eric Friedman In his closing remarks at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 28, 2019, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to “commit to regular accountability” in fulfilling promises to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over course of the […]

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05.07.19

Health and safety at workplaces: an opportunity for a joint effort

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Last April 29 was the first official world day for safety and health at work. The International Labor Organization inspired by its centenary anniversary, attempted, with the establishment of this date, to reaffirm the importance of a healthier workforce as a prerequisite for a brighter future of work and a more sustainable development. It was […]

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04.22.19

Making gender equity in the health workforce a priority

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While gender issues have been at the top of the global agenda, there are few comprehensive studies on gender in the health and social workforce at the global level. The WHO had recently released a study in 104 countries that found that seven out of ten health and social workers are women, and unpaid care […]

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04.01.19

Birth Plans and Obstetric Violence: The Question We Should Be Asking

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Image courtesy of Quartz Many of the debates about reproductive health revolve around the autonomy of women during pregnancy and labor. This is most apparent, of course, in the discussions about pregnancy termination, but it also shows in the broader issue of obstetric violence. Earlier this year, the Regional Council of Medicine in Rio de […]

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03.20.19

Women’s day, a reminder for old age protection in 2019

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To commemorate International Women’s day, the WHO posted a comment last week on its website called “Ten top issues for women’s health.” Dr. Flavia Bustreo, the WHO Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, listed “getting older” as one of those ten main issues that still face great challenges in term of health […]

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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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12.10.18

International Human Rights Day: “The Right to Health in National Courts”

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On 10 December 2018, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), jointly with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and with the support from the Government of Canada, celebrated the International Human Rights Day. The event focused on several topics concerning the right to health, which included discussions on the enforcement of the […]

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12.04.18

Mapping the Evolution of the Right to Health at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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This article was written by Gillian MacNaughton, Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Mariah McGill, a Senior Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. The post of the UN High Commissioner for Human […]

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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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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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