02.28.20

Is a gentrified city a healthy city?

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During my internship in D.C., the social phenomenon that has shocked me the most is homelessness. Although this was not my first visit to the District, coming here as a temporary resident introduced me to a new, sad facet of the city. When I asked locals about what had forced that many people to experience […]

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02.27.20

Food Banks, Hunger and the Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases

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  This post was written by Delfina Scagliotti, Intern at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Andrés Constantin Poverty and associated hunger are one of the most serious problems worldwide. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) last report, an estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat […]

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02.27.20

The difficulties in the implementation of the Right to Health in Argentina

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In Argentina the right to health is guaranteed in the text of the National Constitution and in the International Human Rights Treaties incorporated into our constitution. However, Argentina has faced some difficulties in the implementation of this right. Some of the biggest challenges the country has faced relate to the access to the health system, […]

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02.21.20

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

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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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02.21.20

A Framework Convention on Alcohol Control? Part 1.

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In my last post, I briefly outlined how tobacco is now subject to strict legal restrictions in the United States. The sale, promotion, and advertising of tobacco products are also subject to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), an international legally binding treaty negotiated under the World Health Organization (WHO). Adopted in 2003 (in […]

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02.19.20

Argentina’s Debt in Mental Health

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  In Argentina 2010, the National Mental Health Law (Law No. 26.656) was unanimously passed. This legislation reflects the willingness of the Argentine government to follow the mental health guidelines established by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), of which Argentina is a member state. Law No. 26.656 includes among […]

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02.15.20

Pandemics Do Have Borders

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One of the most common refrains in global health security is that pandemics don’t respect national borders. But the COVID-19 epidemic has turned up the heat under simmering disputes over Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s status vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China, reminding us that politics of sovereignty and autonomy don’t stop for pandemics, either. The […]

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02.12.20

Behind the Headlines: 10 Million Deaths From Antimicrobial Resistance by 2050 (or Not?)

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One of the greatest health threats of our time, one that grows by the year, is antimicrobial resistance. Bacteria and other microbes develop mutations that protect them against antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs, meaning that infections, including deadly ones, that we can now treat will become more difficult — even possible — to treat. The […]

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02.11.20

TOBACCO CONTROL: EVIDENCE THAT AN INTERNATIONAL REGIME ON GLOBAL HEALTH MAY STILL BE POSSIBLE

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In an era in which governments withdraw from international commitments, prioritize national policies and seem reluctant to cooperate at a multilateral level, a global instrument reaffirming the right to health may look impossible. Yet, in the midst of this exacerbated nationalism, there are advocates for a Framework Convention for Global Health (FCGH), a treaty aimed […]

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02.10.20

Child Euthanasia in Belgium

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This post was written by Leticia Mora, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold.   Belgium has long been one of the most progressive countries when it comes to euthanasia. In 2002, Belgium formally legalized euthanasia by way of the Belgian Euthanasia Act, which allowed euthanasia for adults who experience “constant and unbearable physical […]

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