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Monthly Archives: October 2018

10.29.18

UN Human Rights Committee: Denying Undocumented Migrants Access to Essential Health Services Violates the Right to Life

By Drew Aiken

Recently the United Nations Human Rights Committee made an important ruling, finding that the Canadian government violated the rights of an undocumented immigrant for denying her access to essential health care. The Committee recommended that the government review its legislation to ensure that undocumented migrants have access to essential health services as well as the […]

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10.26.18

Venezuela’s health crisis: national and cross-border effects

By Andrés Constantin

This blog was written by Carolina I. Andrada, intern at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Andrés Constantin On October 15, 2018, the Medical Federation of Venezuela (FMV) alerted that the nation’s measles epidemic had become sickeningly large. The FMV’s president, Douglas León Natera, warned that the case count had surpassed 650,000 and […]

10.25.18

Medical Discrimination Against Transgender Persons

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Brenna Gautam, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute and a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center.  On October 11, 2018, a jury awarded two transgender women $780,000 after a federal judge ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on gender treatment in state employee insurance plans violates federal law. The plaintiffs can […]

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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

10.19.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Vote for Global Solidarity in an Era of Nationalistic Populism

By Eric A. Friedman

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 […]

10.15.18

Today is National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

By Sean Bland

(Latinx is a gender-neutral term encompassing Latino/Latina.) Each year, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed on October 15th. It is coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS, and this year’s theme, “Ending HIV is Everyone’s Job”, draws our attention to global, local, and community actions necessary to end the US HIV epidemic. Past […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

10.15.18

Troubling Effects on Health of Trump’s Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  On September 21, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security signed a proposed rule that would allow immigration officials to refuse admission and deny visa extensions to immigrants who use public benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and federally-funded housing assistance programs. […]

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10.12.18

Black Lives Matter: The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement?

By Mehgan Gallagher

Image: Courtsey of Rolling Stone   Racial tensions, inequalities police brutality, and violence are a major concern in the United States. People of color in America suffer from disparities across areas such as education, employment, housing, and incarceration rates.  African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million people in jail and are […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

10.11.18

Auschwitz, South Sudan, and Searching for What Might Have Been

By Eric A. Friedman

From Auschwitz… I write these words just after my parents visited Auschwitz, that place of murder and Mengele, torture and terror, starvation and slavery, whose very name will be forever synonymous with the depths of darkness into which humanity can descend. As my parents told me after their experience, being there makes one shudders at […]

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10.09.18

We need new laws: new report shows the nature of coercion and criminalization in TB-related laws

By John Stephens

On September 26, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly approved a Political Declaration that sets out the first globally coordinated response to one of the greatest public health and human rights crises of our time, tuberculosis (TB). United Nations documents are typically structured by two main elements, “preambular paragraphs” and “operative paragraphs;” the former provide context […]

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10.01.18

The World Bank as a ‘Human Rights Free Zone’? Five Challenges and Opportunities to Integrating Rights in its Health Work

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Yusra Ribhi Shawar, an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a courtesy appointment at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Jennifer Prah Ruger, the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.   […]

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