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02.13.17

The Global Virome Project: Understanding Our Viral Enemies to Create a Safer World

By Ana S. Ayala

There is no doubt that viruses, emerging and re-emerging, have become an imminent global health threat. Starting in 2014, we saw the decimation of West African countries as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Soon after came the Zika outbreak that continues to pose a threat to countries in the Americas and around the world. Since December […]

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01.12.17

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Call for Leadership from the Global Health Trio

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin, and was first posted with as a Health Affairs blog. It is connected to a related Health Affairs publication, Global Health: A Pivotal Moment Of Opportunity And Peril.] In the current issue of Health Affairs, we explore a pivotal moment of opportunity and peril […]

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11.18.16

Global Health Security: What Could Be an Easy Win-Win for the Trump Administration

By Ana S. Ayala

If there is anything that we have learned from the Ebola crisis and the Zika outbreak in the Americas is that public health surveillance and response systems are critical to ensuring health security at the national and global levels. Health systems that ensure strong surveillance and rapid response to disease threats are the key to minimizing the […]

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10.31.16

The Disabilities Rights Convention’s 7 Lessons for the FCGH

By Eric A. Friedman

The proposal for a global treaty on the right to health, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), may reach another milestone in the next two days, with its most prominent appearance yet. For the first time, WHO will hold a forum for the six candidates for next May’s election to be its Director-General. Any […]

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10.31.16

The Disabilities Rights Convention’s 7 Lessons for the FCGH

By Eric A. Friedman

The proposal for a global treaty on the right to health, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), may reach another milestone in the next two days, with its most prominent appearance yet. For the first time, WHO will hold a forum for the six candidates for next May’s election to be its Director-General. Any […]

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07.29.16

Why We Need Anthropologists During Public Health Emergencies

By Rebecca Reingold

Anthropologists play a key role in responding to public health emergencies, particularly infectious disease outbreaks. However, in the early stages of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, many of the response teams sent by Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. military, etc. failed to include anthropologists. In the face of resistance to treatment […]

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01.29.16

4 Challenges to Mitigating the Impact of Zika Virus Infection

By Rebecca Reingold

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as three to four million people in the region could be infected in the next year. 23 countries and territories in the region have already reported cases of infection with the virus. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits […]

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01.11.16

The Persisting Toll of Global Health Inequity

By Eric A. Friedman

Inequity kills — by one measure, more than one in three of us. And this unconscionable toll hasn’t been getting much better. That was the finding from calculations by Juan Garay of the European Commission several years back, explained in his new book available for free viewing, Health Equity: The Key for Transformational Change (p. 33-35).  Essentially, if […]

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