Category Archives: WHO

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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09.14.18

A New Twist on Community Health Workers

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Community health workers go door-to-door providing services in communities such as in Busia, Western Kenya. Photo courtesy of Living Goods   Community health workers are essential in delivering healthcare to some of the world’s most sickly and vulnerable populations.  They provide important sources of healthcare for people who are unable to access healthcare facilities due […]

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08.21.18

Changes in WHO MDR-TB Treatment Guidelines Promote a Human Rights-Based Approach to TB

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  Last week WHO issued key changes to treatment guidelines for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which implement a new priority ranking of available medicines and now include a fully oral regimen as one preferred option for MDR-TB treatment. The new ranking balances effectiveness and harms and prioritizes oral regimens over injection-based regimens. There is a significant […]

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06.19.18

Celebrity Suicide and the Risk of Contagion

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  The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shocked the world.  It is especially upsetting for people who feel like they have nothing to live for to look at wealthy celebrities who seemingly have it all (fame, money, success) and yet still feel like taking their own lives is […]

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06.18.18

What happens today matters: a last chance to save the Political Declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

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Today, the United Nations General Assembly will, for better or worse, shape the next decade of the global response to the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Millions of people will feel the decisions made today. Millions of lives will be won or lost as member states barter and jockey over the content of the Political Declaration […]

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05.10.18

Mainstreaming Human Rights across the World Health Organization

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This article was written by Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer for Human Rights in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization, and Veronica Magar, Team Leader for Gender, Equity and Human Rights at the World Health Organization. “WHO was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize […]

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04.30.18

Who will lead the TB response?

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“We will have to put poor people from affected communities at the centre of our response. We will have to organise and mobilise. And then be willing to hold our governments to account.” ~ Anele Yawa, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign   A turning point for tuberculosis? This could be a big year […]

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01.26.18

The Strange Case of Nodding Syndrome in East Africa

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    Nodding Syndrome is described as a rare form of Epilepsy that disables children in Eastern Africa.  Chances are you have never heard of Nodding Syndrome before.  I hadn’t until recently.  This is likely because it is a rare disease that impacts children in East Africa, places the current President of the United States […]

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10.03.17

GHL LLM Students Observe Global Health Governance in Action

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Last week, students of Georgetown’s Global Health Law LLM program attended the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference (Conference) in Washington, D.C.

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09.12.17

Taking health in all policies seriously: health impact assessments, WHO leadership, and international law

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[This blog was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Gian Luca Burci, and first appeared as a Lancet Global Health blog.] Government approval of a new mining operation. A policy to deport undocumented immigrants. An international agreement that enhances pharmaceutical patent protections. All will affect health and health equity, but will policymakers factor these effects […]

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