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06.01.20

The 73rd World Health Assembly and COVID-19

By Sarah Wetter

The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) convened on May 18-19, 2020. For the first time ever, representatives from the WHO’s 194 member-states came together virtually instead of in Geneva, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting’s overarching focus was to chart a path toward overcoming the novel coronavirus, which has infected over 5 million […]

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05.31.20

How can we ensure access to health for the stateless during times of COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of Anadolu Agency.  In the midst of a pandemic, the stateless are left unprotected to ensure their right to health, increasing the risks for an already vulnerable population.   In the midst of a pandemic, States have the duty to ensure access to health for all the population. However, what happens when 15 […]

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05.29.20

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on HIV Lessons for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By Sean Bland

A critical component of the public health response to COVID-19 is contact tracing. Contact tracing is a strategy for identifying persons who may have been infected with COVID-19 following contact with an infected person. If done effectively, contact tracing could allow us to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and safely relax social distancing even before […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

05.08.20

Lessons from the HIV Policy Lab: tracking national HIV policies and ART access amidst COVID-19

By Mara Pillinger

This post was authored by Kate Daley (with Mara Pillinger)   COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to accelerate and expand national policies on differentiated service delivery (DSD) for people living with HIV (PLHIV). DSD is “a responsive, client-centred approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to better serve individual needs and reduce […]

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05.03.20

Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]

04.23.20

Can the UN CESCR guide States’ responses to COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of The Economist, artist Alice Mollon. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ new General Comment No. 25 sheds light on States’ use of science and technology in their pandemic responses, and highlights the importance of research and scientific work as the pandemic […]

04.17.20

COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]

04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

03.16.20

The Coronavirus Response Act Has a Deadly Loophole

By Lawrence Gostin

On Friday, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act and invoked the Stafford Act, measures that could provide a much needed lifeline for ill-prepared and underfunded state and local health agencies at the front lines of the pandemic. The actions unlock $42 billion from the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund, and […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

03.11.20

Focus on Vulnerable Populations in the Public Health Response to COVID-19

By Sean Bland

Cases of the new coronavirus that was first detected in China continue to increase in many parts of the world, including the United States. Commonly referred to in the press as simply coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include SARS, MERS, and the common cold, the disease caused by the coronavirus has been […]

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