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Monthly Archives: September 2018

09.28.18

Getting to the roots of TB: The promise of health equity programs of action

By Eric A. Friedman

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]

09.27.18

The UN High-Level Meeting on TB: An Opportunity for States to Implement Rights-Based Approaches to TB?

By Drew Aiken

Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]

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09.27.18

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Responding to the HIV Epidemic Among Black and Latino Gay and Bisexual Men

By Sean Bland

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Not long ago, such a statement would have carried an immensely heavy and somber weight. But in 2018, the conversation around HIV/AIDS is more about prevention, treatment, and continuing care than it is about fear and death. HIV experts and policymakers have even begun to talk about […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

09.20.18

Congress Passes Major Opioid Response Legislation that Includes Funding to Improve Infectious Disease Surveillance

By Sonia Canzater

Monday, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act by a 99-1 vote. The Act provides many changes to several federal health and human service programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. A critical component of this legislation is the inclusion of a $40 million appropriation from 2019-2023 to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

09.20.18

The FDA comes down on e-cigarettes: balancing harm reduction and youth protection

By Isabel Barbosa

Last week, the Head of the US Food and Drug Administration warned the manufacturers of Juul and other e-cigarettes about the risks posed by these products to children and teenagers, calling attention to the fact that underage usage had reached “an epidemic proportion.” The FDA put the makers and sellers of such devices on notice. […]

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Thematic Areas: Food & Drug Law

09.20.18

‘History owes apology to the LGBT community’ – Supreme Court of India reads down colonial-era Section 377

By O’Neill Institute

In a recent landmark unanimous verdict, Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (Johar case), a five judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which made “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment. The genesis of […]

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09.14.18

A New Twist on Community Health Workers

By Mehgan Gallagher

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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09.07.18

Rising STD Rates and the Importance of Integrated STD and HIV Responses

By Sean Bland

Last week, the 2018 STD Prevention Conference took place in Washington, DC. This biennial conference was an opportunity for sexual health professionals, including program staff, scientists, clinicians, and others to come together to share state-of-the art updates and practical, clinically-focused research on disease prevention and control at time when sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on […]

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09.05.18

In Rejecting Data from Human Subject Research EPA Endangers the Future and Disrespects the Past

By O’Neill Institute

This blog was written by Jennifer S. Bard, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law (on academic leave), Scholar, the O’Neill Institute By its own analysis, the  EPA predicts that its loosening of the restrictions on pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants will result in “ 1,400 premature deaths annually by […]

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09.05.18

Argentina: Alarming regressive measure on the right to health

By Andrés Constantin

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 […]

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