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11.25.19

Stigma and Discrimination: Still Destroying Lives

By Eric A. Friedman

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 […]

11.25.19

Informed consent and early motherhood

By Andrés Constantin

In an article published a few months ago, Soledad Deza and Adriana Álvarez, examine what they consider to be “an unattended medical obligation”: requiring informed consent to girls and adolescents to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth. Deza and Álvarez assess different interrelated and inescapably linked aspects of early motherhood, among which is […]

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11.21.19

Using HIV Prevention and Care Systems to Address the Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections

By Sean Bland

This week, the O’Neill Institute released a new brief, Big Ideas: HIV Prevention and Care Systems Have Critical Roles in Addressing Sexually Transmitted Infections. This brief discusses key actions for HIV programs to reduce the public health impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. It was written by me and Jeffrey S. […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

11.20.19

The Status of WHO Regulations under International law – ‘Agreements’ vs. ‘Regulations’

By Lidiya Teklemariam

It was during my LLM studies last year – I took this one-week course that made me think thoroughly about the types and nature of legal instruments produced by the World Health Organization (WHO). This course, Public Health Emergencies: Enabling Preparedness & Response through Law and Policy, analyzed case studies from various global events including […]

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11.15.19

Legislators Should Think Outside the Box to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – Support of Safe Injection Sites is An Opportunity to Prevent Diseases and Overdose Deaths

By Sonia Canzater

Many communities that hard being hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic are looking for innovative ways to increase efforts to reach out to PWID and reverse the exponential increases in overdose deaths, infectious disease, and substance use in their regions by operating supervised safe injection sites. The city of Philadelphia is well on its […]

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11.14.19

The Challenges of Turning Policies Into Data

By Mara Pillinger

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably more than familiar with evidence-based policymaking. You may not be as used to thinking about laws and policies themselves as a form of data. But they can be. By collecting, mapping and analyzing laws/policies across jurisdictions and over time, we can systematically evaluate the relationships between policies and […]

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11.11.19

Roundup of Federal Efforts to Improve Reproductive Health in U.S.

By Rebecca Reingold

In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to drum up bipartisan support in the U.S. for federal legislation on various issues, including reproductive health. Yet Senators and Representatives continue to introduce, reintroduce, and sometimes even pass bills aimed at addressing unmet reproductive health needs and improving reproductive health outcomes, particularly among underserved and marginalized […]

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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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11.08.19

Overdose Prevention Sites Are an Effective Approach to Address Infectious Diseases Associated with Injection Drug Use

By Sean Bland

The United States has been battling a serious drug use epidemic for several years. While opioids including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl have received significant attention, other drug use, including use of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, remain major public health issues as well. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase, and […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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