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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 […]

08.20.18

Solidarity in a Time of Fear and Resistance: Here and Everywhere

By Eric A. Friedman

The past several weeks have brought reminders of the importance of solidarity with our fellow human beings who face threats to their well-being, whether from the diseases of hate and cruelty or from the equally devastating disease of indifference. We begin in Washington, DC, then move to the global stage. ****** As a resident of Washington, DC, […]

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07.17.18

NIFLA v. Becerra: SCOTUS’s Special Treatment of Speech about Abortion

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Ainslie Tisdale and Rebecca Reingold. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision,NIFLA v. Becerra, that a California law that required disclosure of certain information was unconstitutional because it violated crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) freedom of speech. CPCs are non-profit and typically religiously-affiliated organizations that provide […]

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07.16.18

amfAR and the O’Neill Institute Host Briefing on Long-Acting HIV Treatment and Prevention

By Sean Bland

Today, amfAR and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law hosted a briefing at Georgetown Law in connection with the release of four new amfAR reports, “Long-Acting HIV Treatment and Prevention Are Coming: Preparing for Potential Game Changers.” Jeffrey S. Crowley and I wrote the reports for and in partnership with amfAR.   […]

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07.16.18

The incivility of (too-) civil society in the tuberculosis response

By John Stephens

Anyone who knows the world of the global tuberculosis response knows, too, its refrain: “We must do for TB what we did for HIV!” It is less rallying cry than lament.  Those of us who form part of “civil society” at the international level in the TB world attend the big TB conferences, but mostly […]

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07.11.18

A Need for Greater Participation of States in Handling the Hepatitis C Epidemic

By Sonia Canzater

This blog post was authored by Dr. Daniel Lising, Research Assistant for the O’Neill Institute’s Hepatitis Policy Project. Daniel is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M in Global Health Law. As the scourge of the opioid crisis continues, an often-overlooked consequence is the increased proliferation of blood borne illnesses such as […]

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07.02.18

Schools need to prepare us for the world, not only the workforce

By Eric A. Friedman

Long ago, psychologists recognized that children are not simply mini-adults. Similarly, children are not simply future workers. They are current and future citizens of the world, citizens (or otherwise participants in) of our democracy, members of their individual communities. That – along with giving short thrift to critical functions of the Labor Department, such as protecting […]

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06.18.18

What happens today matters: a last chance to save the Political Declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

By John Stephens

Today, the United Nations General Assembly will, for better or worse, shape the next decade of the global response to the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Millions of people will feel the decisions made today. Millions of lives will be won or lost as member states barter and jockey over the content of the Political Declaration […]

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05.20.18

A New and Unsettling Force for Health and Beyond—The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

By John Stephens

In the year before his murder in April 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King embarked on a new era of justice work in which he aligned with organized labor and the poor to unite a movement across racial, gender, ethnic, religious, and geographic lines. King’s “Poor People’s Campaign” marked the connections between the various […]

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05.16.18

A Lack of Consensus around Surrogacy Regulation at the National Level

By Rebecca Reingold

For many years, surrogacy laws around the world have been in flux. Currently, the Canadian Parliament is considering a bill that would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. In the UK, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced they will review various laws that regulate surrogacy as […]

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