Most infectious disease epidemics target the body, and thus epidemic response focuses on preventing the spread of infection and attempting to heal those who have become ill. However, even where pathogenesis disregards the brain, an epidemic can still sicken the mind. A silent epidemic of mental illness often accompanies outbreaks of infectious disease. Here […]
You thought all was taken care of with Ebola, that the epidemic in West Africa was coming to an end. That’s what has been in our newspapers, the Ebola headlines when we still see them. And looking across the three countries, it is true. Cases in Liberia have plummeted from their heights. More recently, cases […]
You may have missed this news from mid-October: Due to the plethora of humanitarian disasters demanding global resources, along with the diminishing international combat presence in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut food rations in Afghanistan, affecting up to 1 million people. With its funding appeal experiencing about a $150 million shortfall, […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, WHO ; Tagged: Ebola, fcgh, Framework Convention on Global Health, global governance, global governance for health, governance, health governance, health systems, One Health, right to health.
The recent Ebola outbreak has brought the the tracking and containment of infectious disease to the forefront of global consciousness. Indeed, tracking and monitoring the spread of disease is one of public health’s most important (and oldest) tasks. Ever since John Snow removed the handle from the Broad Street pump his hand-drawn maps indicated were at the center of […]
Photo Courtesy of Reuters This Oped was written by Michelle Ratpan and originally appeared on OpedSpace. Michelle works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank and is a graduate of the Global Health Law and International Institutions LLM Program (2010). In the following Oped, Michelle examines the current […]
The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months. Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat. As national governments […]
Posted in FDA, Global Health, Health reform, Healthcare, Human Rights, Resources, Trade, WHO ; Tagged: Ebola, global health, human rights, IHR, infectious disease, law, O'Neill Institute, public health, WHO.
Time and again, the global community finds a way to express its collective view – the view of the powers-that-be – that some members of our community are worth less than others, that lofty rhetoric and human rights law to the contrary, your life means less to the world if you are poor. And so […]
The author wrote this post in collaboration with Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first diagnosis of Ebola made in the United States (previous US cases were medical evacuees, who were already known to be infected). […]
This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014. Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976. The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author. […]
This post was written by O’Neill Institute Law Fellows Sarah Roache and Daniel Hougendobler The West African Ebola epidemic is an international public health crisis, and a threat to international security. For so many of us – the public health community, humanitarian and aid organizations, governments, ethicists, policy-makers, and engaged citizens – the epidemic triggers important […]
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