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Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

08.03.20

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 […]

07.28.20

UN Experts Call for Decisive Measures to Tackle NCDs: Front-of-Package Warning Labelling

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Oscar A. Cabrera and Andrés Constantin. “Without clear efforts to promote action on the prevention of unhealthy diets, the rise of [noncommunicable diseases] will remain on the margins of global health action. States cannot remain passive in the face of NCDs. They should adopt an integral approach to reduce […]

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07.27.20

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 […]

07.13.20

The Impact of the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Landon Myers. Four months after the United States began to feel the effects of COVID-19, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act. During the pandemic, policymakers and insurers have strongly embraced telehealth, or the remote provision […]

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07.07.20

The pandemic of violence against women

By Ivonne Garza

Ivonne Garza Garza, Associate at O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Cristina M. Zamora Gómez, PhD Student in Public International Law at University of Seville Image courtesy of  El Tiempo. Photographer Patrick Baz for AFP.     As women battle to survive COVID19 they face a second pandemic: increasing gender-based violence.  Are States’ responses […]

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06.23.20

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

06.12.20

THE FEMALE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC: A CALL FOR EGALITARIAN CARE SYSTEMS

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, […]

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06.11.20

Civil society steps up in the context of Covid-19: lessons from the push for transparency and accountability in Brazil

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of govloop It is well known that the right to health is closely related to and dependent upon access to information. This truth has become ever more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has demanded transparency and accountability from governments all over the world. In the absence of such attributes, the […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

04.23.20

Can the UN CESCR guide States’ responses to COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of The Economist, artist Alice Mollon. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ new General Comment No. 25 sheds light on States’ use of science and technology in their pandemic responses, and highlights the importance of research and scientific work as the pandemic […]

04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

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