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Author Archives: Eric A. Friedman

05.03.20

Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]

04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

03.09.20

COVID-19: A Moment of Moral Reckoning for Our Nation – and Ourselves

By Eric A. Friedman

Like with any crisis, COVID-19 will test who we are as individuals and a society. Will we be driven by our fears and our darker instincts, even prejudices? Or will we act with solidarity and empathy, looking out for one another, and being the best people we can be? This is, in a way, another […]

02.12.20

Behind the Headlines: 10 Million Deaths From Antimicrobial Resistance by 2050 (or Not?)

By Eric A. Friedman

One of the greatest health threats of our time, one that grows by the year, is antimicrobial resistance. Bacteria and other microbes develop mutations that protect them against antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs, meaning that infections, including deadly ones, that we can now treat will become more difficult — even possible — to treat. The […]

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01.07.20

We can spare people a painful death for a few dollars a week

By Eric A. Friedman

The nature of life is that we all have to die at some point, but we don’t all have to suffer in dying. We can stave off death for only so long, but we can do far more to mitigate, if not eliminate, the pain that comes at this defining moment of our lives. Yet […]

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12.16.19

Righting wrongs: America’s duty to mistreated asylum seekers and immigrants

By Eric A. Friedman

Democratic presidential contenders have shown admirable support for immigrants, who have been routinely and cruelly targeted by the present administration. Perhaps nothing demonstrated this support more than a moment back in June, when during the second night of the first round of Democratic debates, all ten candidates on the stage raised their hands when the […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.25.19

Stigma and Discrimination: Still Destroying Lives

By Eric A. Friedman

We know how pervasive the most flagrant discrimination used to be when it came to people with mental disabilities and people with HIV. People with mental disabilities were once warehoused in institutions, apart from society, perhaps treated forever as children, without rights of their own. They were dubbed “retarded,” “insane,” even “mad,” rather than people […]

10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

By Eric A. Friedman

At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

09.04.19

The Framework Convention on Global Health: An Empowering International Instrument to Advance the Right to Health

By Eric A. Friedman

We often look to how the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would empower people, enhancing meaningful participation and government accountability to the right to health, with an emphasis on people who now have the least voice and to whom governments are least accountable. Such empowerment is central to the FCGH. Here, I focus on […]

08.13.19

Proposing an international fund for migrant and refugee health

By Eric A. Friedman

Few groups of people face less welcome in the world today than migrants forced from their homes, whether by conflict, persecution, violence, poverty, climate change or other environmental degradation, or hopelessness – or often, a mix of these factors. They seek basic safety, freedom, and opportunity – what all of us have a right to, yet […]

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