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Author Archives: Laura Norato

06.12.20

THE FEMALE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC: A CALL FOR EGALITARIAN CARE SYSTEMS

By Laura Norato

Women globally are facing a high burden during the crisis raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., women account for 52% of the essential workers, 78% of social workers, and 77% of health care workers. At home, things aren’t different. Women are more likely to be in charge of the sick, minors, and elders, […]

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12.09.19

HEALTH INFORMATION APP-SHARING: A BALANCE BETWEEN INNOVATION AND PRIVACY

By Laura Norato

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) has recently proposed rules on medical information sharing, intended to make it easier for patients receiving medical records and understand their treatment choices through their smartphone’s apps. The rules require health providers to send medical information to third-party apps after a patient has authorized the data exchange. […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

08.12.19

Global Health and Digital Rights: a Discussion on Human Rights

By Laura Norato

The discussion about digital rights has been mainly centered on civil and political rights. Nevertheless, the emergence of social networks, communication platforms and connected devices, the appearance of new technologies and digital services directed to the most vulnerable populations information, and the existence of daily-updated algorithms that can predict choices based on data collected over […]

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05.07.19

Health and safety at workplaces: an opportunity for a joint effort

By Laura Norato

Last April 29 was the first official world day for safety and health at work. The International Labor Organization inspired by its centenary anniversary, attempted, with the establishment of this date, to reaffirm the importance of a healthier workforce as a prerequisite for a brighter future of work and a more sustainable development. It was […]

04.22.19

Making gender equity in the health workforce a priority

By Laura Norato

While gender issues have been at the top of the global agenda, there are few comprehensive studies on gender in the health and social workforce at the global level. The WHO had recently released a study in 104 countries that found that seven out of ten health and social workers are women, and unpaid care […]

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03.20.19

Women’s day, a reminder for old age protection in 2019

By Laura Norato

To commemorate International Women’s day, the WHO posted a comment last week on its website called “Ten top issues for women’s health.” Dr. Flavia Bustreo, the WHO Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, listed “getting older” as one of those ten main issues that still face great challenges in term of health […]

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02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

By Laura Norato

Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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01.18.19

Drug prices regulation in Colombia: An Issue of Sustainability and Social Justice

By Laura Norato

Access to medicines is part of the Human Right to Health. The core components of this internationally recognized right indicate that every effort should be made to ensure that all actors in the health sector take up the challenge of ensuring that medicines are available, accessible and acceptable and of proper quality to all, including […]

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11.30.18

Human Capital Index as a Tool for Civil Society Accountability

By Laura Norato

The best-known measure for determining the size (and success) of a country is the gross domestic product (GDP), which represents the monetary value of the goods and services that a particular economy produces in a given period. However, the GDP fails to reflect a population’s actual wellbeing or the wealth distribution since, for example, it […]

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