01.17.20

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

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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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01.09.20

What does International Humanitarian Law has to Offer to Public Health in Situations of Armed Conflict?

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  In Global Health Law, it is clear that we are used to thinking about health-related problems, seeing them in the eyes of laws and know whether such laws could bring or have already brought any favorable changes to peoples’ lives in any way. Conflicts and wars cause catastrophic effects on overall human health. When […]

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01.07.20

We can spare people a painful death for a few dollars a week

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The nature of life is that we all have to die at some point, but we don’t all have to suffer in dying. We can stave off death for only so long, but we can do far more to mitigate, if not eliminate, the pain that comes at this defining moment of our lives. Yet […]

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12.19.19

Byanyima’s Strategy: Focus on Injustice & Innovation in the Fight Against HIV

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Last week, UNAIDS new Executive Director, Dr. Winnie Byanyima, announced the creation of a strategic advisory group to be co-chaired by Georgetown’s own Matt Kavanagh (along with Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director at CAPRISA, and Rico Gustav, Executive Director GNP+). Since you’re reading a policy research institute’s blog, you probably don’t need convincing that […]

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12.16.19

Let’s not forget that e-cigarettes are technically illegal in the U.S. right now

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Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its decision in Nicopure Labs, LLC v. FDA. Finding fully in favor of the FDA, the court affirmed the district court’s judgement upholding the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and its application to e-cigarettes. The litigation stemmed from FDA’s May 2016 “deeming rule” making […]

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12.16.19

Righting wrongs: America’s duty to mistreated asylum seekers and immigrants

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Democratic presidential contenders have shown admirable support for immigrants, who have been routinely and cruelly targeted by the present administration. Perhaps nothing demonstrated this support more than a moment back in June, when during the second night of the first round of Democratic debates, all ten candidates on the stage raised their hands when the […]

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12.13.19

An International Human Right to Die with Dignity?

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This post was written by Leticia Mora, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold.  Paul Lamb, a 63-year-old man who was paralyzed from the neck down following a car crash nearly 30 years ago, recently said: “The worst thing in the world is for someone to say ‘you’re going to be in pain […]

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12.09.19

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

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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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12.07.19

All Eyes on Coca-Cola

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As December begins, so do the preparations for the holidays. In many places of the world, the streets are already lit up. It will not be long until Coca-Cola’s trucks start circulating – a practice that is years old. The so-called Christmas Caravan started out as a commercial in 1995, coming to life with a […]

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11.25.19

Stigma and Discrimination: Still Destroying Lives

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We know how pervasive the most flagrant discrimination used to be when it came to people with mental disabilities and people with HIV. People with mental disabilities were once warehoused in institutions, apart from society, perhaps treated forever as children, without rights of their own. They were dubbed “retarded,” “insane,” even “mad,” rather than people […]

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