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Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

11.27.18

What’s “Special” about the System of United Nations Special Procedures?

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Thérèse Murphy, Professor of Law and Director of the Health & Human Rights Unit at Queen’s University Belfast, and Amrei Müller, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow within the Health & Human Rights Unit. The United Nations Special Procedures are far more interesting than their title suggests, and we argue it […]

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11.16.18

More Doctors: Brazil’s program to improve access to healthcare suffers severe blow

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Karina Zambrana/ASCOM This week, the Brazilian healthcare program More Doctors (in Portuguese, “Mais Médicos”) suffered a severe blow as Cuba announced it would no longer participate. Launched by the government of former president Dilma Rousseff, More Doctors is a program created to improve access to healthcare in the public health system, by placing physicians […]

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11.16.18

Suicide in Prisons and Jails: A Growing Concern

By Mehgan Gallagher

Photo Credit: Urdupoint.com Suicide among inmates in prisons and jails in the United States and abroad is a serious concern.  The United States has lower rates of suicide in prison compared to Western European and Nordic countries   However, compared to other nations, the United States has the highest prison population in the world and rates […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.09.18

Swift legal intervention mitigates a drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak in Malawian prisons, but the worst could still be ahead

By John Stephens

A recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Malawian prisons should be a wake up call. It shouldn’t be a surprise that six people in Malawi’s nightmarishly congested prisons contracted drug-resistant TB—the prisons provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to thrive and spread. This is true of many prisons throughout the world, especially in countries with high […]

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11.02.18

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues ruling on the progressive realization of the right to health

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights The past couple of years have brought interesting developments regarding the adjudication of the right to health at an international level. Following years of debate within the legal community as to the possibility of direct adjudication of social, economic and cultural rights under the American Convention […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.02.18

Mainstreaming the Human Right to Food Within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The Rise and Decline of an Agenda for Change

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Carolin Anthes, a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). The international community has committed to achieve zero hunger by 2030. This year’s World Food Day message by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rightly reminds us: “Our actions are our future!”-“A #ZeroHunger world […]

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10.29.18

UN Human Rights Committee: Denying Undocumented Migrants Access to Essential Health Services Violates the Right to Life

By Drew Aiken

Recently the United Nations Human Rights Committee made an important ruling, finding that the Canadian government violated the rights of an undocumented immigrant for denying her access to essential health care. The Committee recommended that the government review its legislation to ensure that undocumented migrants have access to essential health services as well as the […]

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10.26.18

Venezuela’s health crisis: national and cross-border effects

By Andrés Constantin

This blog was written by Carolina I. Andrada, intern at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Andrés Constantin On October 15, 2018, the Medical Federation of Venezuela (FMV) alerted that the nation’s measles epidemic had become sickeningly large. The FMV’s president, Douglas León Natera, warned that the case count had surpassed 650,000 and […]

10.25.18

Medical Discrimination Against Transgender Persons

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Brenna Gautam, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute and a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center.  On October 11, 2018, a jury awarded two transgender women $780,000 after a federal judge ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on gender treatment in state employee insurance plans violates federal law. The plaintiffs can […]

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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

10.19.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Vote for Global Solidarity in an Era of Nationalistic Populism

By Eric A. Friedman

A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in, and seeking to more fully give life to, the right to health, enhancing accountability and advancing health equity – is an idea that persists. You may well ask: A global treaty in the current political environment, with many governments and rapidly strengthening […]

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