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04.23.20

Can the UN CESCR guide States’ responses to COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of The Economist, artist Alice Mollon. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ new General Comment No. 25 sheds light on States’ use of science and technology in their pandemic responses, and highlights the importance of research and scientific work as the pandemic […]

04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

03.27.20

A Public Health Framework for Implementing Economic and Social Supports

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Senior Scholar, John Monahan.   A Public Health Framework for Implementing Economic and Social Supports Now that President Trump has signed a $2 trillion-plus Coronavirus response law (along with two other pandemic-related funding bills earlier this month), attention will rightly shift to federal, state, and county agencies charged […]

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03.25.20

(Re)Introducing the Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative

By Matthew Kavanagh

Our team is excited to share a new name for our continued work at the intersection of global public health, law, policy, and governance. Our focus has evolved and expanded to look comparatively and internationally at the rules, both formal and informal, that govern health, with particular attention to aid, rights, equity, and structures for […]

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03.23.20

Community-Led Monitoring for Better Health Services

By Johan Marulanda

Workshop on Community-Led Monitoring in HIV Services With increased opportunities and interest from donors, we are offering a webinar for civil society organizations focusing on: What are the key elements of Community-Led Monitoring of HIV and Health Services? What models have communities used to collect information? How can what we learn be turned into data […]

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02.15.20

Pandemics Do Have Borders

By Mara Pillinger

One of the most common refrains in global health security is that pandemics don’t respect national borders. But the COVID-19 epidemic has turned up the heat under simmering disputes over Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s status vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China, reminding us that politics of sovereignty and autonomy don’t stop for pandemics, either. The […]

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02.13.20

Do Authoritarian Regimes Have an Advantage in an Outbreak Response?

By Johan Marulanda

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Thursday, February 13, 2020; 23:30 UK / 6:30 pm ET CONTACT: Karen Teber / km463@georgetown.edu WASHINGTON – In an effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak (previously known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease), China rapidly shut down a market in Wuhan suspected as the outbreak source and imposed unprecedented quarantines and cordon sanitaire […]

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02.12.20

Behind the Headlines: 10 Million Deaths From Antimicrobial Resistance by 2050 (or Not?)

By Eric A. Friedman

One of the greatest health threats of our time, one that grows by the year, is antimicrobial resistance. Bacteria and other microbes develop mutations that protect them against antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs, meaning that infections, including deadly ones, that we can now treat will become more difficult — even possible — to treat. The […]

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02.04.20

The Legal Determinants of Health: Geneva Launch

By Johan Marulanda

The Lancet Commission, Global Health & the Law Report The law is central to virtually all aspects of public health. Tobacco control laws aim to reduce smoking, food product regulations encourage healthy nutrition, vaccination laws have saved millions of lives, pollution laws and environmental regulations safeguard the public’s health in a myriad of ways, accessible […]

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01.31.20

Would Argentina Benefit from a Soda Tax?

By Sofia Bobbio

In Argentina 6 out of 10 adults are overweight, this means that it is one of the countries with the highest rates of obese and overweight people for its population ratio: according to the National Survey of Risk Factors 2019 (ENFR), 66.1% of the adult population of Argentina is overweight – 33.1% of the population […]

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