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07.01.19

Health equity and the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

By Eric A. Friedman

In September, the United Nations will convene a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with heads of state encouraged to attend. As typical for such meetings, a key outcome with be a political declaration, in this case on countries’ commitments around UHC. In May, a “zero draft” was made publicly available; as states negotiate […]

02.19.19

To Leave No One Behind on SDGs, Bring People Now Behind to the Head of the Table

By Eric A. Friedman

 Image courtesy of Eduspire. Those of us in the world of global health, or global development more generally, have probably heard it before – again and again: Leave No One Behind. That is a core promise of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals that the Agenda contains. If we are […]

09.28.18

Getting to the roots of TB: The promise of health equity programs of action

By Eric A. Friedman

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]

03.23.18

A Rights-Based Approach Is Required to End TB by 2030

By Drew Aiken

Photo: Hindustan Times Tomorrow is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, which commemorates March 24, 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of TB, mycobacterium tuberculosis. Today, TB is preventable, treatable and curable. Yet in 2016 there were 10.4 million new TB cases and 1.7 million deaths—a higher number of deaths than […]

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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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09.10.15

A proposal for the UN General Assembly: To achieve the SDGs, focus on the refugees

By Eric A. Friedman

Last month, the World Food Programme reported that it can only afford $13.50/month for food rations for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, down from $27/month. This month, September, 200,000 Syrians in Jordan will stop receiving food aid, joining hundreds of thousands of other Syrian refugees in the region who have stopped receiving food vouchers because of […]

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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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01.07.15

Death Slipped into Omnibus Spending Bill, a UN Proposal for a Different Future, and the Work Ahead

By Eric A. Friedman

Few coroners are likely to put “homelessness” as the cause of death. It is too bad, because we could use that level of honesty. The omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed last month to fund federal government operations and programs through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year (through September 2015) largely left out the […]

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