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08.09.16

Global Implementation of PrEP: The Importance of Addressing Social and Structural Barriers

By Sean Bland

Global implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill taken to prevent HIV infection, has made major strides in the last year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Truvada for daily oral PrEP in July 2012, but no other country approved PrEP in the subsequent three years. In November 2015, France became the second […]

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01.11.16

The Persisting Toll of Global Health Inequity

By Eric A. Friedman

Inequity kills — by one measure, more than one in three of us. And this unconscionable toll hasn’t been getting much better. That was the finding from calculations by Juan Garay of the European Commission several years back, explained in his new book available for free viewing, Health Equity: The Key for Transformational Change (p. 33-35).  Essentially, if […]

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12.15.15

Why We Need the Framework Convention on Global Health Following the SDGs

By Eric A. Friedman

Next month, the WHO Executive Board will meet with a lengthy agenda, representing the range of serious health burdens and threats that persist. One challenge stands above the rest: immense global and national health inequities, linked to some 20 million deaths every year (about which more in an upcoming blog). The Executive Board could take […]

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10.08.15

National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGs

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was originally posted in the Health and Human Rights Journal as parts of its series of blogs on the Sustainable Development Goals, and is re-posted here with permission.] “No one will be left behind.” The bold promise at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must guide their implementation. This requires utterly […]

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09.18.15

Upcoming Global Health Law Leader: Estefania Palomino on Women's Health and Social Justice

By Ana S. Ayala

A few weeks back, we welcomed our new class of students in our Global Health Law LL.M. Program. As the Director of the program, I could not be more enthusiastic about what this group of students will offer their communities and the world once they leave the program. As their advisor, I have the pleasure of getting to know […]

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05.07.15

Global Health: Progress or Peril? Hints from South Africa

By Eric A. Friedman

Why is it that even as global health indicators continue to improve significantly, there seems from civil society, from so many people, from communities around the world, expressions of disquiet, of continued urgency, even of outrage, a sense that we are headed in the wrong direction? There are many answers to this question. We see […]

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10.06.14

Medical evacuations for West African Ebola patients: The unspoken possibility

By Eric A. Friedman

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 […]

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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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06.04.13

Bolivia’s Health at a Crossroad: USAID Is Expelled and Bolivia Launches Its Own Health Program

By Ana S. Ayala

Only days after the Bolivian Constitutional Court ruled that Evo Morales could run for a third consecutive term in 2014, on May 1, Morales announced USAID’s expulsion from Bolivian soil–another one of Morales’ efforts to decrease U.S. presence and influence in the country (he expelled the U.S. Ambassador and the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2008). […]

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