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 […]
Posted in Health and Human Rights, Human Rights, WHO ; Tagged: courts, health and human rights, health rights litigation, human rights, judicialization, O'Neill Institute, PAHO, right to health, World Health Organization.
As captured by Emma Lazarus, the torch of the Statute of Liberty lights the path for “the poor,” “the homeless, tempest-tossed,” welcoming them to this land, to the United States. Yet this administration’s basest instincts, so harsh towards those “yearning to breath free,” already seeking to block those who are fleeing persecution and remove who […]
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 […]
Posted in Global Health, Global Health Governance, Health and Human Rights, Human Rights, WHO ; Tagged: equality, fcgh, FCGH Alliance, Framework Convention on Global Health, global solidarity, human rights, nationalistic populism, right to health.
On September 3, 2018, after acknowledging the ongoing economic and financial crisis, the government of Argentina announced a series of austerity measures aimed at reducing Argentina’s fiscal deficit in 2019. The announcement confirmed the rumors of a substantial restructuring in the cabinet and the elimination of ten Argentine ministries, including the Ministry of Health. Under […]
As part of my role with the O’Neill Health Law Initiative, I recently attended part two of the Global Faith-Based Health Systems (GFBHS) Conference in Trento, Italy, titled “Global Faith-Based Health Systems: Integrating Technology and Empowering Communities.” The GFBHS project was conceptualized by Dr. Bette Jacobs (Georgetown University Health Law Initiative), Fr. Kevin Fitzgerald (Georgetown […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, Resources ; Tagged: access to health care, georgetown, global health, health and human rights, health equity, National Healthcare, right to health, women's health.
Oral health is an important part of overall health. Unfortunately, many people forget this important aspect of wellbeing. For children with special health care needs, dental hygiene is often low on the list of priorities for their parents and or caregivers. In February 2007, twelve year old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache in Maryland. […]
The realities of health inequities may be too well known to shock us any longer. People in richer countries live longer than those in poorer countries. And within countries, people who are rich live longer than people who are poor, people with more education longer than people with little schooling. Practically everywhere, certain populations, like […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, Resources ; Tagged: accountability, consultation, discrimination, health disparities, health equity, health equity strategies, Leave No One Behind, marginalized populations, national health equity strategies, participation, right to health.
It is always spring for human rights. Old ideas embedded in fundamental values do not lose the boundless hope and energy of their birth. In a country that holds its first democratic election or peaceful transition of power, democracy is more than an idea and practice that has existed for centuries, but a new reality worthy […]
[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 […]
Do the courts, and does the law more generally, have the power to advance the right to health? It would be hard to conclude at the end the O’Neill Institute’s weeklong Health Rights Litigation Intensive anything other than an emphatic yes — even while acknowledging limitations of health rights litigation, and exploring questions that make […]
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