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Monthly Archives: February 2019

02.26.19

The air quality crisis in Bogota is an opportunity to rethink urban development

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Justin Sovich/Creative Commons Last week Bogota, Colombia, experienced an environmental and health crisis: due to air pollution, the city’s authorities activated a code yellow (in some places, even a code orange) and imposed restrictions on the circulation of cars. They explained that the poor air quality was a result of thermal inversions, […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

02.26.19

Genome editing and CRISPR

By Andrés Constantin

This post was written by Andrés Constantin and Patricio López Turconi. Genome editing and CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a new technique of genome editing that offers the possibility of inserting, removing and correcting DNA with relative simplicity and efficiency. Scientists had already developed the ability to edit the genome by altering its […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

02.20.19

Congressional Briefing on American Indian Women’s Reproductive Health

By Rebecca Reingold

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) was part of the record-breaking wave of women candidates who won in the 2018 mid-terms. She and Sharice Davids are the first two American Indian women elected to the U.S. Congress. Now that she is in Washington, Rep. Haaland is bringing attention to the devastating reproductive health challenges faced by American Indian […]

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02.19.19

To Leave No One Behind on SDGs, Bring People Now Behind to the Head of the Table

By Eric A. Friedman

 Image courtesy of Eduspire. Those of us in the world of global health, or global development more generally, have probably heard it before – again and again: Leave No One Behind. That is a core promise of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals that the Agenda contains. If we are […]

02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

By Laura Norato

Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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02.11.19

Reality check: Cigarettes are the only reason reduced risk tobacco products are even a thing

By Darlene Huang

First, a confession. I’m a total public health nerd. I’ve been absolutely captivated by the prevention of disease at a population level since I was introduced to the concept late in college. From the science that drives it to the programs, policies, and laws that either embrace or hinder it and everything in between and […]

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02.06.19

President Says We Can End the HIV Epidemic in 10 Years: What I Hope to See in His Plan

By Jeffrey Crowley

I had the privilege of serving as President Obama’s first HIV/AIDS Advisor and I led the process of creating our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.  The Strategy was a five-year plan that was updated in 2015. Yesterday, President Trump acknowledged our country’s great strides and said that his budget will commit the […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

02.03.19

The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of O Tempo Brazil is recovering from one of the biggest environmental and human tragedies the country has ever gone through. Someone reading this blog post two weeks ago would have probably guessed that it referred to the mining dam collapse in the city of Mariana in 2015. On that occasion the disaster […]

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