Category Archives: WHO

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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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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