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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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07.24.15

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women’s Health

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was co-authored by Rebecca Reingold and Sandra Majestic. Last month, sexual and reproductive rights activists found a new use for drone technology. The Dutch NGO Women on Waves, in collaboration with other women’s rights organizations, coordinated the first “Abortion Drone”. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew packets of abortion pills from the German town […]

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05.28.15

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Our Health, Our Lives, Our Rights

By Rebecca Reingold

Today is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Since 1987, the campaign has provided advocates with a space to identify gaps in the area of women’s health and coordinate calls to action. The collaborative calls to action have focused on a range of topics, including access to quality health care, access to safe […]

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10.27.14

O'Neill Institute and WLW Launch Publication on Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Health and Rights

By Ana S. Ayala

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Women’s Link Worldwide proudly announce the official launch of their joint publication Conscientious Objection and Abortion: A Global Perspective on the Colombian Experience. The publication is available in both English and Spanish. In 2009, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued a landmark Decision T-388/09 that sets […]

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08.08.14

Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

By Ana S. Ayala

Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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05.02.14

The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

By Ana S. Ayala

“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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03.13.14

"Uganda Be Kidding Me": Anti-Homosexuality Bill Becomes Law

By Ana S. Ayala

On February 24, 2014, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the infamous anti-homosexuality bill into law. He signed it despite threats of losing economic aid from the United States (Uganda’s largest donor). Now, a number donors have suspended aid to Uganda, including the United States and the World Bank. The European Parliament passed a resolution just […]

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02.07.14

CVS’s Bold Move: Goodbye Tobacco, Hello Health Care

By Ana S. Ayala

 This week, the second-largest drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) announced that it will stop selling tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies starting on October 1. The medical and tobacco control advocacy organizations applaud the decision, as it contributes to combatting tobacco consumption in the U.S. and exerts pressure on competitors to do the same. […]

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11.27.13

Retail Clinic: Friend or Foe?

By Ana S. Ayala

After not being able to get his son to the doctor for a strep throat test, Rick Krieger established the first retail clinic at a local grocery chain in 2000. The idea was to address issues of access to health care and allow patients to obtain care and treatment for minor conditions “in a quick, […]

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11.19.13

It’s All About Legs-Part II: Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil?

By Di Wu

After I wrapped up last month’s blog post on the ownership of amputated limbs in China, I read an astonishing news story online: a 47-year-old Chinese peasant, Mr. Zheng Yanliang, cut off his diseased right leg to save both his life and healthcare costs. Mr. Zheng lives in Qingyuan County in the Hebei Province, just […]

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