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Author Archives: Isabel Barbosa

07.14.20

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the food and beverage industry and our ability to respond to health challenges

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program Since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, the food and beverage industry has been raising its profile by engaging in highly publicized donations. Last month, for example, Coca-Cola announced that they were “supporting communities and health professionals” by “donating over 2.5 million liters […]

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06.11.20

Civil society steps up in the context of Covid-19: lessons from the push for transparency and accountability in Brazil

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of govloop It is well known that the right to health is closely related to and dependent upon access to information. This truth has become ever more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has demanded transparency and accountability from governments all over the world. In the absence of such attributes, the […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

04.10.20

The Invisible Pandemic of NCDs May Now Come To Light

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of U.S. News & World Report Recently, those of us participating in Global Health Law listservs received the news that, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (GMC/NCD) had created a Technical Working Group on Covid-19 and non-communicable diseases […]

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02.21.20

From mining to food and beverage, corporations dictate the rules of the game

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Center for Public Integrity The post The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine discussed how the recent environmental disasters in Mariana and Brumadinho, Brazil, affected the population’s health in more or less obvious ways. Later, the post Business, […]

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01.17.20

No room for reproductive choices: forced contraception within the FARC in Colombia

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Sputnik Mundo, featuring Olga. A few years ago, Colombia made the headlines after the government signed a peace accord with the FARC (in Spanish, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), ending the country’s most famous conflict, which lasted decades. President Juan Manuel Santos even won a Nobel Peace Prize for this. But it […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.08.19

Mexico to adopt front-of-package warning labels in the fight for healthy foods

By Isabel Barbosa

On October 22, Mexico’s legislators passed a bill to reform the General Health Law (in Spanish, “Ley General de Salud”) to include front-of-package warning labels. In both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the bill passed in a landslide: in the House of Representatives, there were 458 in favor, 2 abstentions, 0 against; in the Senate, 114 […]

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10.04.19

Gun Violence and E-Cigarettes: It Might Be Worth Focusing on Similarities Instead

By Isabel Barbosa

Image by Slyngstad Earlier this month, amid the alarming outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in the United States, the Trump Administration announced its intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes. This prompted a response from gun-control advocates, who pointed out that gun deaths vastly outnumber the fatalities attributed to vaping.  Shannon Watts, founder of […]

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Thematic Areas: Non-Communicable Diseases

08.04.19

The Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela and the Burden on Girls and Women

By Isabel Barbosa

This post was written by Santiago Martínez-Neira, consultant to the International Commission of Jurists, and Isabel Barbosa. Image courtesy of Human Rights Watch It is well known that Venezuela is going through a humanitarian crisis. Beyond the political and economic implications of this sad outcome, the crisis reminds us that, in such scenarios, girls and […]

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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

06.24.19

The judicialization of health goes beyond healthcare

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Mancia.org For a long time, the debate about the judicialization of health has focused on access to healthcare — such as access to medication and/or surgeries. Year after year, as lawsuits piled up, courts have debated whether the right to health means that individuals are entitled to certain treatments. Scholars have also […]

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