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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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02.05.14

Pete Seeger: Health's Hidden Hero

By Eric A. Friedman

He might not have known it, but Pete Seeger, who died last week at 94, was one of the great health advocates of our time. Those of you familiar with the folk music legend may also be surprised to hear this. We think of his songs about the unions and workers’ rights, about racial justice, […]

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12.10.13

Giving Life to Human Rights Day

By Eric A. Friedman

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary – this year, the 65th – of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. It is a date well known in human rights circles, but with little recognition from the broader public, at least in the United States. This should […]

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12.09.13

Reflections upon the death of Nelson Mandela

By Eric A. Friedman

I was in the middle of listening to the folk anthem If I Had a Hammer when I learned that Nelson Mandela died last Thursday. Afterwards, I watched this video of the folk trio Peter Paul and Mary singing in 1986, at the global height of the anti-apartheid movement, No Easy Walk to Freedom: “Nelson […]

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11.12.13

Universal Health Coverage, Non-communicable Diseases, and Indicators

By Eric A. Friedman

The large and growing burden of non-communicable diseases in lower-income countries is now a common storyline in global health. So too is the global movement towards universal health coverage. Might the former help in measuring progress towards the latter? Might progress on addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – in particular, treatment for breast cancer, or perhaps […]

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10.08.13

Consultation on the Framework for a Framework Convention on Global Health

By Eric A. Friedman

You may be aware of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a proposed global health treaty to be rooted in the right to health and aimed, above all, at global and domestic health equity. The international coalition of civil society and academics known as the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global […]

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10.01.11

Unanswered Questions of the UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

By Eric A. Friedman

 The United Nation’s High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), convened at UN Headquarters September 19-20, brought with it high expectations. The only previous UN General Assembly Special Sessions on a health issue had been on HIV/AIDS, with the first, in 2001, credited with helping spur the […]

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06.18.11

Promises of Progress from the High-Level AIDS Summit at UN

By Eric A. Friedman

At last week’s high-level United Nations AIDS review, world leaders adopted a Political Declaration that indeed included a commitment to having 15 million people on AIDS treatment by 2015, among other targets aimed at real progress. Along with the commitment on AIDS treatment, the other headline from the conference was the commitment to work towards […]

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