Over the past month or two, we’ve heard some proposals, both innovative and long-standing, to address violence and joblessness. Let’s start with the President’s suggestion that immigrants who enter our country – whether through several legal immigration routes or as unaccompanied minors – are a great threat to our safety. The proposed solutions are to […]
In our turbulent and oft troubled world, with new threats to people’s rights and health coming at us quickly, whether a new epidemic or a policy against immigrants or refugees that comes with great health costs, it is too easy to forget some of the long persisting health and human rights crises, particularly those that […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights ; Tagged: children, children with disabilities, Convention Rights of People with Disabilities, CRPD, Disabilities Rights International, human rights, institutions, orphanages, right to live in community.
On April 5, the O’Neill Institute, in collaboration with Fundacion InterAmericana del Corazon Argentina (FIC Argentina) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), participated in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) on the “Right to Health and Tobacco Addiction in the Americas”. It was the first time that the Commission considered the intersection […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, Non-Communicable Diseases, Tobacco ; Tagged: children, health and human rights, human rights, industry, Inter-American Commission, marginalized populations, NCDs, regulation, right to health, tobacco, tobacco control, vulnerable population, women.
In Bolivia, knitting and weaving are ancient craft skills that have been developed over centuries and even predate the Incan Empire. Today, Bolivian women are knitting high-technology devices known as “occluders” to combat a type of congenital heart disease in children. Developed by cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the device is an inexpensive alternative to the standard devices that are industrially produced. With Bolivia being one of the poorest […]
Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]
On January 8th, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that a 17-year-old named Cassandra does not have the right to refuse cancer treatment that her doctors believe will save her life. Cassandra learned from the doctors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford that she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that is common in children, […]
With Thanksgiving just right around the corner, there is no better time to highlight the work of Bikers Against Child Abuse International, Inc. (B.A.C.A.), a group that deserves utmost recognition and praise for what they have pledged to do. Embracing the very stereotype that has been created for them, this group of bikers creatively use […]
On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]
Posted in FDA, Global Health, Health reform, Tobacco ; Tagged: Adolescent Health, anthropology, child health, children, HHS, National Healthcare, NCDs, non-communicable diseases, public health, Real Cost Campaign, Smoking, Teenagers, tobacco control.
On August 15, 2011, at least 1,000 members of indigenous communities living in the Bolivian Indigenous Territory of the National Park Isiboro-Sécure (TIPNIS) began their long and treacherous march on foot to the capital city of La Paz in hopes of engaging the Bolivian government in a peaceful dialogue to prevent the government from building […]
Posted in Global Health, uncategorized ; Tagged: Amazon, American Convention on Human Rights, Bolivia, Brazil, children, displacement, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, environment, food, health services, highway, hospital, human rights, indigenous, indigenous movements, indigenous rights, infectious diseases, Inter-American Commission, Inter-American Court, Karla Quintana, La Paz, maternal healthcare, maternal mortality, Paraguay, poverty, Rebecca Cook, state obligation, territory, TIPNIS, vaccines, water, women, Xakmok Kasek.
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