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Category Archives: Human Rights

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 […]

07.07.20

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

05.31.20

How can we ensure access to health for the stateless during times of COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of Anadolu Agency.  In the midst of a pandemic, the stateless are left unprotected to ensure their right to health, increasing the risks for an already vulnerable population.   In the midst of a pandemic, States have the duty to ensure access to health for all the population. However, what happens when 15 […]

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05.03.20

Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]

04.17.20

COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]

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 […]

03.09.20

COVID-19: A Moment of Moral Reckoning for Our Nation – and Ourselves

By Eric A. Friedman

Like with any crisis, COVID-19 will test who we are as individuals and a society. Will we be driven by our fears and our darker instincts, even prejudices? Or will we act with solidarity and empathy, looking out for one another, and being the best people we can be? This is, in a way, another […]

02.27.20

The difficulties in the implementation of the Right to Health in Argentina

By Sofia Bobbio

In Argentina the right to health is guaranteed in the text of the National Constitution and in the International Human Rights Treaties incorporated into our constitution. However, Argentina has faced some difficulties in the implementation of this right. Some of the biggest challenges the country has faced relate to the access to the health system, […]

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