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Monthly Archives: June 2018

06.29.18

The Modernization of North Carolina’s HIV Criminal Laws and Its Consequences

By Sean Bland

On January 1, 2018, a new rule took effect in North Carolina that modernized the state’s HIV control measures. Although there is no specific HIV-related criminal statute in North Carolina, the North Carolina Commission for Public Health is authorized to adopt rules that prescribe control measures for communicable diseases and conditions, including control measures for […]

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06.26.18

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Calls for a Rights-Based Approach to Tuberculosis

By Drew Aiken

  In the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to take place in September, on June 18th the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health released an open letter emphasizing that states must commit to a rights-based approach to tuberculosis. The letter highlights that current levels of progress levels fail to […]

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06.19.18

Celebrity Suicide and the Risk of Contagion

By Mehgan Gallagher

  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

By John Stephens

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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06.11.18

Is this what the normalization of genocide looks like?

By Eric A. Friedman

It wasn’t long ago that the ethnic cleansing – quite probably genocide – against the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar) made headlines. Beginning near the end of August last year, the most recent and violent episode of a gathering storm of discrimination, deprivation, and destruction, the Burmese military murdered at least 9,000 Rohingya, quite possibly many […]

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06.08.18

Opportunities for Progress: FDA Approves PrEP for Adolescents at Risk for HIV

By Sean Bland

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adolescents at risk for HIV infection. FDA approval represents a critical step toward operationalizing PrEP for adolescents, especially young gay and bisexual men and LGBTQ youth of color, who stand to benefit from this effective HIV prevention tool. In 2016, […]

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06.05.18

Human Rights to Health and Safety at Work: The International Labor Organization

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Lee Swepston, the former Senior Adviser on Human Rights and Human Rights Coordinator for the International Labor Organization As I was preparing my chapter dealing with occupational safety and health (OSH), developing the contribution on the International Labor Organization (ILO) for Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a […]

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06.01.18

Ireland Votes to Repeal Near-Total Ban on Abortion

By Rebecca Reingold

On May 25, Ireland eliminated its near-total ban on abortion, just days before women’s right advocates around the world celebrated the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on May 28. With 64% voter turnout, 66% percent voted in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution — a 1983 measure that conferred equal rights on […]

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06.01.18

Stories from Trento: The Healing Power of the Black Stone

By Mehgan Gallagher

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 […]

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