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Author Archives: Eric A. Friedman

01.07.15

Death Slipped into Omnibus Spending Bill, a UN Proposal for a Different Future, and the Work Ahead

By Eric A. Friedman

Few coroners are likely to put “homelessness” as the cause of death. It is too bad, because we could use that level of honesty. The omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed last month to fund federal government operations and programs through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year (through September 2015) largely left out the […]

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11.11.14

From Afghanistan to Ebola: 8 lessons for Global Governance for Health and a Framework Convention on Global Health

By Eric A. Friedman

You may have missed this news from mid-October: Due to the plethora of humanitarian disasters demanding global resources, along with the diminishing international combat presence in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut food rations in Afghanistan, affecting up to 1 million people. With its funding appeal experiencing about a $150 million shortfall, […]

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10.06.14

Medical evacuations for West African Ebola patients: The unspoken possibility

By Eric A. Friedman

Time and again, the global community finds a way to express its collective view – the view of the powers-that-be – that some members of our community are worth less than others, that lofty rhetoric and human rights law to the contrary, your life means less to the world if you are poor. And so […]

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09.04.14

Ebola and September 11: National traumas, heroes, enduring legacies, and a Framework Convention on Global Health

By Eric A. Friedman

  343. For many Americans, that number will always be shorthand for heroism and sacrifice, for risking your own life to save others. It is the number of firefighters who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, among the 414 emergency workers killed that day. (The actual toll due to increased […]

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07.29.14

Missing in the debates on the unaccompanied child migrants: The right to health

By Eric A. Friedman

“There are no nations! There is only humanity.” — Isaac Asimov (in I, Asimov: A Memoir) In a tragedy born of gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, compounded by poverty, tens of thousands of children, many unaccompanied by an adult, are risking the treacherous journey across Mexico and to the United States. What […]

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05.09.14

Plight of the Rohingya in Burma: Time for Action

By Eric A. Friedman

Imagine a government that would take the only effective medical care away from part of its population for no reason other than that they are a reviled minority, forever outsiders, who are being subjected to murderous attacks – and the health providers could be witnesses to that violence. And that the organization providing the care […]

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04.09.14

Planetary health, Lesson 1: What does evolving evidence on saturated fat say about the state of our species and our planet?

By Eric A. Friedman

I grew up quite sure about what was the greatest food threat to my health: fat. Not at first – I remember in elementary school the snacks my mother would prepare when my brother and I got home from school, with plenty of grapes, apples, peanut butter – and cheese. We had whole milk in […]

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03.21.14

Universal Health Coverage Should Be Universal: An Analysis of a World Health Organization/World Bank Proposal

By Eric A. Friedman

Universal health coverage (UHC). It is an ambitious, historic goal. At least in its strongest form, it entails enabling all people to receive the health services they need. Not long ago, it seemed that UHC would be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. While no […]

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