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Category Archives: WHO

10.21.15

An Eye-Opening Evening

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Rebecca Donsky, a 2016 candidate for the Global Health Law LL.M. at Georgetown Law.  The views presented here are her own. Any questions or comments can be directed to rd886@georgetown.edu. On September 30, 2015 I attended an event at Georgetown Law hosted by Professor Eric Rosenthal of Georgetown Law, the […]

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10.15.15

Global Health’s 21st Century Challenge: From An Inspiring Lecture to A Candid Conversation with WHO's Dr. Margaret Chan

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Anna Tordjmann, a 2016 candidate for the Global Health Law LL.M. at Georgetown Law.  The views presented here are her own. Any questions or comments can be directed to at925@law.georgetown.edu. I am a candidate in the Global Health Law LL.M at Georgetown Law, and I received the unique chance to […]

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10.12.15

The unmet need for family planning, an unmet human right

By Rebecca Reingold

On October 9-11, the University of Washington School of Law hosted the Human Right to Family Planning Conference. It explored the relationship between the right to health and family planning – globally and locally, bringing together advocates, doctors, nurses, lawyers, public health professionals, pharmacists, politicians, academics and researchers, among others.

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08.31.15

“I’d like to see the last Guinea worm die before I do”

By Mary DeBartolo

Former U.S. President, Noble Peace Prize winner and member of The Elders, Jimmy Carter, recently announced he was diagnosed with cancer. We wish him well. During his press conference announcing his diagnosis, he made the following comment when asked about his remaining priorities for the Carter Center: “I would like to see Guinea worm completely […]

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08.06.15

How many people lack access to health care? (Hint: More than WHO and the World Bank report)

By Eric A. Friedman

Not long ago, WHO and the World Bank came out of with a report that led to headlines like this one in the New York Times: “400 Million Lack Basic Health Services, Report Finds.” And no wonder these were the type of headlines that emerged. The World Bank’s own press release led with the same 400 […]

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08.04.15

The Ebola Vaccine: Where in union there is strength

By Ana S. Ayala

Excitement and promise are the prevailing reactions to the interim results of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOB (also known as the “Canadian vaccine”) trial. To date, the vaccine has proven 100% successful and shown to have few side effects, which particularly impressive for a live vaccine. In addition, it has been well tolerated. As expected, many […]

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06.26.15

A Cause for Celebration: The Americas Lead the Way on Health for Older Persons

By Ana S. Ayala

This post was co-authored by Ana Ayala and Lois Sheng Liu. On June 15, the 45th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons, the very first legally-binding instrument that directly protects the rights of older persons, including their right to health […]

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06.05.15

Global Health Security: A Focus on Prevention

By Eric A. Friedman

It was a subtle shift. In January, in a special session on Ebola, the World Health Organization’s Executive Board called for WHO’s Director-General to provide options for a contingency fund in the context of WHO’s “need for adequate resources for [its] preparedness, surveillance and response work.” For a moment, it seemed that any additional resources that WHO […]

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05.29.15

Put away your cigarettes and lighters, May 31 is World #NoTobacco Day!

By Ana S. Ayala

This Sunday, put away your cigarettes and lighters and turn on your “reflecting caps.” May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), one of the eight major global health days observed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health advocates worldwide. On this day, we reflect on the various health risks associated with […]

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05.27.15

JAMA Forum: Critical Choices for the WHO After the Ebola Epidemic

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. It originally appeared in JAMA Forum. The original posting can be found here. In the aftermath of an unconscionably inadequate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, this year’s World Health Assembly was seen as critically important to the future of the […]

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