Category Archives: Global Health

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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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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11.14.19

The Challenges of Turning Policies Into Data

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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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10.18.19

More or the same? Reflecting on debates around the Global Fund’s mandate

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Last week, the Global Fund met its replenishment target of $14B. The news was greeted mostly with sighs of relief, especially because it was a near thing. The Global Fund is the largest star in the global health firmament, channeling more money than any other multilateral actor.* It has leveraged this funding to impressive ends. […]

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10.10.19

Our House is on Fire: Climate Change as a Global Public Health Crisis

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In September, the United Nations Secretary-General convened a Climate Action Summit to mobilize governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to enhance global action and address the undeniable threats from climate change. In his opening statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that: “[t]he best science, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tells us that […]

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10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

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At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

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09.27.19

Migrants’ Access to Healthcare: Data Wanted

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Countries’ obligations to respond to the health needs of migrants (including regular and irregular migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers) was a topic of conversation at the O’Neill Institute this week. In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which proclaims Member States’ “commit[ment] to protecting the safety, dignity and […]

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09.04.19

The Framework Convention on Global Health: An Empowering International Instrument to Advance the Right to Health

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We often look to how the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would empower people, enhancing meaningful participation and government accountability to the right to health, with an emphasis on people who now have the least voice and to whom governments are least accountable. Such empowerment is central to the FCGH. Here, I focus on […]

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08.21.19

Human Duties, Populism and Hope for Global Health

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This post was written by Ana Isabel Fernández Alonso and Andrés Constantin « All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (…) » Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the “ABC” of activists and scholars in the field and a statement used in countless speeches to address unity among […]

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08.13.19

Proposing an international fund for migrant and refugee health

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Few groups of people face less welcome in the world today than migrants forced from their homes, whether by conflict, persecution, violence, poverty, climate change or other environmental degradation, or hopelessness – or often, a mix of these factors. They seek basic safety, freedom, and opportunity – what all of us have a right to, yet […]

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