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Category Archives: Global Health


India Must Have Vaccine Transparency for the World’s Largest Immunization Program to Succeed

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Kashish Aneja.  On January 16, India is set to launch the world’s largest national immunization programme with two of its ‘made in India’ vaccines. India sits at the center of the COVID-19 response, not just because it has the second-highest number of global cases, or only due to its […]



Racially-Driven Police Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Erica White, Intern, O’Neill Institute, and JD Candidate, ASU Law; and Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute. On June 15, 2020 the United Nations Human Rights Council convened for the first time after a three-month long hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council focused on a major threat to […]


A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]


A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the food and beverage industry and our ability to respond to health challenges

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program Since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, the food and beverage industry has been raising its profile by engaging in highly publicized donations. Last month, for example, Coca-Cola announced that they were “supporting communities and health professionals” by “donating over 2.5 million liters […]



COVID’s Constitutional Conundrum

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M. and Hanna Reinke. Extant threats of the COVID-19 pandemic extend well beyond the health of Americans. Unprecedented emergency legal preparedness and response efforts to quell the pandemic are testing core legal foundations globally. In the United States, federally-declared dual states of general emergency […]



A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part I: Civil Society Calls for Right to Health Capacity Fund

By Eric A. Friedman

Even as we mourn our losses, it is not too soon to start planning for tomorrow, or else a better tomorrow may never come. For, I believe, the best tribute for all who perished – and will yet die – is to create a better tomorrow. And it may be when the pain is freshest […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights



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, […]



COVID-19: Sounding the Alarm to Revisit National Tobacco Control Measure in India

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Kashish Aneja and Dr. Ravi Mehrotra World No Tobacco Day is observed around the globe every year on May 31. This year it holds unparalleled significance in light of the extraordinary global health circumstances we find ourselves in. There is an emerging correlation between tobacco and COVID-19 that reinforces the need […]



Defunding the WHO Will Hurt African Health Programs

By O’Neill Institute

Authors: Amy Patterson, Professor of Politics, University of the South; Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Skidmore College The Main Point: In addition to supporting work on AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health in Africa, funding the WHO lets the U.S. engage in global health diplomacy in the region. This collaboration is […]


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