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07.27.20

A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]

10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

By Eric A. Friedman

At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

09.04.19

The Framework Convention on Global Health: An Empowering International Instrument to Advance the Right to Health

By Eric A. Friedman

We often look to how the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would empower people, enhancing meaningful participation and government accountability to the right to health, with an emphasis on people who now have the least voice and to whom governments are least accountable. Such empowerment is central to the FCGH. Here, I focus on […]

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 […]

02.04.16

Beyond cost-effectiveness: Why we need a human rights approach to universal health coverage

By Eric A. Friedman

This blog was jointly prepared by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin. The world having agreed to universal health coverage as a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals, a basic question becomes: Coverage of what? A traditional approach to answering this question is to focus on cost-effectiveness. Start with a given resource envelope. […]

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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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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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03.21.14

Universal Health Coverage Should Be Universal: An Analysis of a World Health Organization/World Bank Proposal

By Eric A. Friedman

Universal health coverage (UHC). It is an ambitious, historic goal. At least in its strongest form, it entails enabling all people to receive the health services they need. Not long ago, it seemed that UHC would be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. While no […]

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