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Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

10.12.18

Black Lives Matter: The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement?

By Mehgan Gallagher

Image: Courtsey of Rolling Stone   Racial tensions, inequalities police brutality, and violence are a major concern in the United States. People of color in America suffer from disparities across areas such as education, employment, housing, and incarceration rates.  African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million people in jail and are […]

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09.28.18

Getting to the roots of TB: The promise of health equity programs of action

By Eric A. Friedman

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]

09.27.18

The UN High-Level Meeting on TB: An Opportunity for States to Implement Rights-Based Approaches to TB?

By Drew Aiken

Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]

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09.20.18

‘History owes apology to the LGBT community’ – Supreme Court of India reads down colonial-era Section 377

By O’Neill Institute

In a recent landmark unanimous verdict, Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (Johar case), a five judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which made “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment. The genesis of […]

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09.14.18

A New Twist on Community Health Workers

By Mehgan Gallagher

Community health workers go door-to-door providing services in communities such as in Busia, Western Kenya. Photo courtesy of Living Goods   Community health workers are essential in delivering healthcare to some of the world’s most sickly and vulnerable populations.  They provide important sources of healthcare for people who are unable to access healthcare facilities due […]

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09.05.18

Argentina: Alarming regressive measure on the right to health

By Andrés Constantin

On September 3, 2018, after acknowledging the ongoing economic and financial crisis, the government of Argentina announced a series of austerity measures aimed at reducing Argentina’s fiscal deficit in 2019. The announcement confirmed the rumors of a substantial restructuring in the cabinet and the elimination of ten Argentine ministries, including the Ministry of Health. Under […]

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08.29.18

The United Nations Population Fund: An Evolving Human Rights Mission and Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Emilie Filmer-Wilson, the Human Rights Adviser at UNFPA, and Luis Mora, the Chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch at UNFPA.   The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) approach to public health is grounded in the premise that women’s sexual and reproductive health is determined not only by […]

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08.21.18

Changes in WHO MDR-TB Treatment Guidelines Promote a Human Rights-Based Approach to TB

By Drew Aiken

  Last week WHO issued key changes to treatment guidelines for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which implement a new priority ranking of available medicines and now include a fully oral regimen as one preferred option for MDR-TB treatment. The new ranking balances effectiveness and harms and prioritizes oral regimens over injection-based regimens. There is a significant […]

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07.27.18

Progress Towards Addressing Health Challenges and Inequity in Namibia

By Drew Aiken

  Last week, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan and held the inaugural National Health Assembly. The National Health Assembly is a forum to discuss health issues and challenges in the country, including the development of the UHC framework which is presently underway. National Health Assemblies have […]

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07.17.18

Human Rights at Home

By O’Neill Institute

This blog was authored by Nicholas Diamond, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center A rich tapestry of shared norms exist regarding human rights, ranging from the right to life to the prohibition on torture. These norms flow from various international agreements and, in some instances, as a matter of custom in international law. […]

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