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11.09.15

The Food Minority: Food Labels, Eating Disorders, and People Who Need More Food

By Eric A. Friedman

A colleague, Aliza Glasner, recently asked a fundamental question about the move towards food labeling that not only tells you about what nutrients are in the food, but also provide warnings about unhealthy food: What is healthy food? What is unhealthy food? That got me thinking. What about people for whom “healthy” is not the […]

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10.08.15

National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGs

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was originally posted in the Health and Human Rights Journal as parts of its series of blogs on the Sustainable Development Goals, and is re-posted here with permission.] “No one will be left behind.” The bold promise at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must guide their implementation. This requires utterly […]

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09.10.15

A proposal for the UN General Assembly: To achieve the SDGs, focus on the refugees

By Eric A. Friedman

Last month, the World Food Programme reported that it can only afford $13.50/month for food rations for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, down from $27/month. This month, September, 200,000 Syrians in Jordan will stop receiving food aid, joining hundreds of thousands of other Syrian refugees in the region who have stopped receiving food vouchers because of […]

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08.06.15

How many people lack access to health care? (Hint: More than WHO and the World Bank report)

By Eric A. Friedman

Not long ago, WHO and the World Bank came out of with a report that led to headlines like this one in the New York Times: “400 Million Lack Basic Health Services, Report Finds.” And no wonder these were the type of headlines that emerged. The World Bank’s own press release led with the same 400 […]

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07.08.15

The Right to Health, Europe, and Greece

By Eric A. Friedman

Following capital controls and the partial shutdown of the financial system after Greek’s default last week on a loan payment to the IMF, food and medicine are becoming scarce. The threat to health from austerity  are far from new with the latest phase of Greek’s economic disaster, however. A 2014 study in the Lancet “found evidence of […]

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07.07.15

The Worst Global Sickness

By Eric A. Friedman

  A family survives, if barely, “by eating water lilies and grasses in the marshes.” Still, they are better off than former neighbors who have been burned alive in their huts. You can join the thousands trying to escape the worst of it, those soldiers who are burning their homes and shooting their children, but […]

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06.05.15

Global Health Security: A Focus on Prevention

By Eric A. Friedman

It was a subtle shift. In January, in a special session on Ebola, the World Health Organization’s Executive Board called for WHO’s Director-General to provide options for a contingency fund in the context of WHO’s “need for adequate resources for [its] preparedness, surveillance and response work.” For a moment, it seemed that any additional resources that WHO […]

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05.07.15

Global Health: Progress or Peril? Hints from South Africa

By Eric A. Friedman

Why is it that even as global health indicators continue to improve significantly, there seems from civil society, from so many people, from communities around the world, expressions of disquiet, of continued urgency, even of outrage, a sense that we are headed in the wrong direction? There are many answers to this question. We see […]

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03.30.15

What the World Health Organization Executive Board resolution got wrong on humanitarian assistance

By Eric A. Friedman

You may have seen the January 2015 WHO Executive Board resolution on Ebola, which calls for many important things, including a global health reserve workforce, a contingency fund, and human resource management reform. All could help develop a smarter global health system. But did you see this paragraph on humanitarian assistance, which points decidedly in […]

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