Tag Archives: global health

07.10.14

6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

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In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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05.23.14

The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio

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In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have […]

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05.02.14

The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

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“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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03.13.14

Is obesity the ticket to fighting antibiotic resistance?

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Research points to the possibility that taking antibiotics could lead to weight gain. Could this reality be the necessary catalyst to change the way we use antibiotics in general?Antibiotic overuse is a public health crisis. For decades, scientists have supported changing antibiotic prescribing practices in response to the alarming consequences of their overuse – most […]

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03.10.14

Arcing Toward Justice: Three Reasons the Fight for Access to Medicines Is Far from Over, But Can Be Won

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The past few years have produced a flurry of films documenting (e.g. Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague) and dramatizing (e.g. Dallas Buyers Club) the fight for access to medicines during the […]

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02.05.14

Pete Seeger: Health's Hidden Hero

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He might not have known it, but Pete Seeger, who died last week at 94, was one of the great health advocates of our time. Those of you familiar with the folk music legend may also be surprised to hear this. We think of his songs about the unions and workers’ rights, about racial justice, […]

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12.06.13

Recap: “The Global Fund 2014-2016: Sustaining the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria”

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This week Washington, DC hosted the Fourth Global Fund Replenishment, which was followed by a half-day conference: “The Global Fund 2014-2016: Sustaining the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” held at Georgetown University. While the Global Fund fell short of its $15 billion goal, the $12 billion pledged represents a 30% increase over its last […]

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10.07.13

Syria, International Humanitarian Law, and Access to Health Care in Non-International Armed Conflict

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This previous Wednesday, The New York Review of Books published on their blog a recent call to the Syrian Government, all armed parties in the conflict, the United Nations, and international donors by doctors and medical professionals to allow and support their “medical colleagues in Syria to … treat patients, save lives, and alleviate suffering […]

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10.04.13

From JAMA Forum: Looking Beyond the Millennium Development Goals Toward a Sustainable Development Agenda

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This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Professor Gostin is also a University Professor and director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. For more information about this post, please contact gostin@law.georgetown.edu. […]

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09.18.13

TPP Agreement Negotiations and Tobacco

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This post was written by Uma Jatkar, Research Assistant, Global Health LL.M. ‘13, at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to uj11@georgetown.edu. The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is the latest multilateral free trade agreement that seeks to reduce barriers to trade […]

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