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Right to Health in National Courts

By Johan Marulanda

In honor of International Human Rights Day, the O’Neill Institute invites you to a panel event hosted by PAHO/WHO, which will convene key international and regional from the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, OHCHR, World Bank and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Panelists will include members of the Supreme Courts […]



Human Capital Index as a Tool for Civil Society Accountability

By Laura Norato

The best-known measure for determining the size (and success) of a country is the gross domestic product (GDP), which represents the monetary value of the goods and services that a particular economy produces in a given period. However, the GDP fails to reflect a population’s actual wellbeing or the wealth distribution since, for example, it […]



More Doctors: Brazil’s program to improve access to healthcare suffers severe blow

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Karina Zambrana/ASCOM This week, the Brazilian healthcare program More Doctors (in Portuguese, “Mais Médicos”) suffered a severe blow as Cuba announced it would no longer participate. Launched by the government of former president Dilma Rousseff, More Doctors is a program created to improve access to healthcare in the public health system, by placing physicians […]



Swift legal intervention mitigates a drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak in Malawian prisons, but the worst could still be ahead

By John Stephens

A recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Malawian prisons should be a wake up call. It shouldn’t be a surprise that six people in Malawi’s nightmarishly congested prisons contracted drug-resistant TB—the prisons provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to thrive and spread. This is true of many prisons throughout the world, especially in countries with high […]



The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Vote for Global Solidarity in an Era of Nationalistic Populism

By Eric A. Friedman

A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in, and seeking to more fully give life to, the right to health, enhancing accountability and advancing health equity – is an idea that persists. You may well ask: A global treaty in the current political environment, with many governments and rapidly strengthening […]


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 […]


The UN High-Level Meeting on TB: An Opportunity for States to Implement Rights-Based Approaches to TB?

By Drew Aiken

Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]



Georgetown’s Lawrence Gostin on Presumed New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

By Felix Swierski

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Teber / WASHINGTON (Aug 1, 2018) – Today, the World Health Organization announced that preliminary laboratory testing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) indicates “a cluster of cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province.” The DRC announced last month that the Ebola outbreak that began earlier this […]



Health Equity Programs of Action

By O'Neill Institute

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966) Yet grave health inequalities persist, whether neighborhoods only miles apart yet separated by decades in residents’ life expectancies, the vast differences in access to skilled birth attendants in many countries based on whether a […]


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