Skip to Main Content

News Archives


Do Authoritarian Regimes Have an Advantage in an Outbreak Response?

By Johan Marulanda

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Thursday, February 13, 2020; 23:30 UK / 6:30 pm ET CONTACT: Karen Teber / WASHINGTON – In an effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak (previously known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease), China rapidly shut down a market in Wuhan suspected as the outbreak source and imposed unprecedented quarantines and cordon sanitaire […]


Former Obama Administration Office of National Drug Control Policy on New 2018 Drug Overdose Data

By Johan Marulanda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JOHAN MARULANDA / WASHINGTON January 30, 2020 | Today, the National Center for Health Statistics released reports on 2018 Mortality in the United States and 2018 Drug Overdose Deaths. Regina LaBelle, Director of the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute, and former Obama Administration […]


Georgetown Global Health Experts Weigh In on WHO Decision to Not Declare PHEIC

By Johan Marulanda

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Teber /   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON (January 23, 2020) – Today, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the recommendation of the Emergency Committee, decided not to declare the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).      Georgetown University global health security […]


Big Ideas for Using HIV Systems to Address the Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Johan Marulanda / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019, WASHINGTON, D.C. | Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise in the United States. From 2013 to 2017, there was a 22% increase in chlamydia cases, a 67% increase in gonorrhea cases, and an 80% increase in cases of syphilis. While great strides […]


The Public Health Crisis of Under-Immunization: A Global Plan of Action

By Johan Marulanda

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Nov. 6, 2019; 23.30 UK time / 6:30pm ET CONTACT: Karen Teber / WASHINGTON D.C. – In the midst of a “public health crisis of under-immunization,” leading global health experts in law and infectious diseases have developed an action plan to increase global vaccination uptake based on scientific evidence, ethics, and […]


Experts Show U.S. Foreign Policy Gains from a Presidential Pandemics Effort

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Johan Marulanda / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. | Analysis from leading researchers shows there could be significant benefits from a presidentially-led initiative focused on combatting pandemics. With the 2020 Presidential race under way, the researchers provide new evidence on the potential for a pro-active U.S. foreign policy effort to […]


Expanding Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) Can Help Curb Recent Surge in Hepatitis C and HIV Cases

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Johan Marulanda / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5, 2019 WASHINGTON D.C. | Recent increases in Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV cases related to opioid misuse has led to increased support for harm reduction efforts, including syringe services programs. “Cases of HCV increased three-and-a-half times from 2010-2016, primarily due to an increase in injection […]


Focused Policy Action Can Make Scaling Up PrEP and HIV Cluster Detection More Effective

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Johan Marulanda / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2019 WASHINGTON DC | President Trump announced his Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative in this year’s State of the Union address. The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is releasing three new documents to support this effort. “The EHE Initiative is […]


FDA Can and Should Regulate State-Legalized Cannabis to Protect the Public Health

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Johan Marulanda / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 2, 2019 WASHINGTON DC | As states across the country legalize cannabis, new businesses are developing dangerous new cannabis products and marketing them in irresponsible ways. Former FDA official says that FDA could use its existing authorities to “make state cannabis legalization less harmful and risky […]


Through Strategic Action, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Can Move the U.S. Toward Elimination of Hepatitis C among People with HIV

By Johan Marulanda

Contact: Johan Marulanda /  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON | 1 in 4 people living with HIV will become infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) during their lifetime. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the federal program that fills in gaps in care for uninsured and underinsured people with HIV to create a nationwide system of care […]