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05.17.19

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

By Sonia Canzater

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

By Rebecca Reingold

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

By Andrés Constantin

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

By Laura Norato

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

By Eric A. Friedman

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 […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

12.13.18

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

By John Stephens

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

By Eric A. Friedman

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 […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.20.18

Trump Administration Further Restricts Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

By Rebecca Reingold

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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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

10.11.18

Auschwitz, South Sudan, and Searching for What Might Have Been

By Eric A. Friedman

From Auschwitz… I write these words just after my parents visited Auschwitz, that place of murder and Mengele, torture and terror, starvation and slavery, whose very name will be forever synonymous with the depths of darkness into which humanity can descend. As my parents told me after their experience, being there makes one shudders at […]

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10.09.18

We need new laws: new report shows the nature of coercion and criminalization in TB-related laws

By John Stephens

On September 26, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly approved a Political Declaration that sets out the first globally coordinated response to one of the greatest public health and human rights crises of our time, tuberculosis (TB). United Nations documents are typically structured by two main elements, “preambular paragraphs” and “operative paragraphs;” the former provide context […]

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