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The 73rd World Health Assembly and COVID-19

By Sarah Wetter

The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) convened on May 18-19, 2020. For the first time ever, representatives from the WHO’s 194 member-states came together virtually instead of in Geneva, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting’s overarching focus was to chart a path toward overcoming the novel coronavirus, which has infected over 5 million […]



Lessons from the HIV Policy Lab: tracking national HIV policies and ART access amidst COVID-19

By Mara Pillinger

This post was authored by Kate Daley (with Mara Pillinger)   COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to accelerate and expand national policies on differentiated service delivery (DSD) for people living with HIV (PLHIV). DSD is “a responsive, client-centred approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to better serve individual needs and reduce […]



Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]



(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 […]



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 […]



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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