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05.31.19

World No Tobacco Day 2019

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Every May 31, since 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors the World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day intended to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and the use of other tobacco products. According to WHO, tobacco use kills more than […]

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05.20.19

Today’s Worst International Crimes and How You Can Respond: Part I

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The gravest of crimes – crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide itself. Ongoing, perpetrators not held accountable, victims still in desperate need, U.S. complicity, indifference. All continue a long and tragic situation of too little action for crimes that are often too large to truly fathom. All demand that we speak up. And from the […]

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05.17.19

May 19th is NATIONAL HEPATITIS TESTING DAY – Get vaccinated. Get tested. Get treated. Get CURED!

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This Sunday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day. The day reminds us of the significant health threat viral hepatitis can be, the means of prevention and treatment of infections, and the importance of regular screenings. The U.S. saw approximately 4,000 new cases of Hepatitis A in 2016. Hepatitis A (HAV) causes headache, fatigue, and […]

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05.07.19

Vaccines & Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 1

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The current measles outbreak – the largest since the disease was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 – is inspiring the adolescent children of some anti-vaxxers to take unprecedented action. A teen in Ohio began to question his mother’s decision not to vaccinate her children in 2018 and, after conducting his own research, decided to […]

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03.22.19

Tobacco industry, bribery and anticorruption

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This post was written by Camila Florencia Tort, Consultant at the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Organization of American States and Andrés Constantin. The World Health Organization projects the death toll from tobacco will rise to more than eight million by 2030. Despite the strides made in curbing the tobacco epidemic, the tobacco industry […]

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02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

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Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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01.15.19

Teaching Dr. King, Teaching Ourselves

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Georgetown University has a tradition for Martin Luther King Jr. Day that we should all join. In 2013, Georgetown incorporated “Teach the Speech” into its “Let Freedom Ring!” Initiative. Now, each year, the university selects a Martin Luther King Jr. speech and, along with a teach-in open to all, encourages all faculty to incorporate the […]

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12.13.18

Bringing human rights and the law to the fight against TB in prisons

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The world over, prisons provide ideal conditions for TB transmission—globally, TB incidence in prisons is 33 times that in the general population; and new data confirms that TB in prisons spills over into communities. In other words, prisons are like TB factories that drive TB epidemics all over the world. This November and December, the […]

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12.04.18

A Call for Action Now: The Health of Millions of Immigrants Is at Risk

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As captured by Emma Lazarus, the torch of the Statute of Liberty lights the path for “the poor,” “the homeless, tempest-tossed,” welcoming them to this land, to the United States. Yet this administration’s basest instincts, so harsh towards those “yearning to breath free,” already seeking to block those who are fleeing persecution and remove who […]

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11.20.18

Trump Administration Further Restricts Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

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This post was written by Emily Fruchterman, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. The day after the midterm elections, the Trump administration released a series of new rules likely to have a troubling impact on American women’s access to reproductive care. The first two are final rules that significantly expand the ability of employers […]

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