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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 […]

06.23.20

A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part I: Civil Society Calls for Right to Health Capacity Fund

By Eric A. Friedman

Even as we mourn our losses, it is not too soon to start planning for tomorrow, or else a better tomorrow may never come. For, I believe, the best tribute for all who perished – and will yet die – is to create a better tomorrow. And it may be when the pain is freshest […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

06.12.20

THE FEMALE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC: A CALL FOR EGALITARIAN CARE SYSTEMS

By Laura Norato

Women globally are facing a high burden during the crisis raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., women account for 52% of the essential workers, 78% of social workers, and 77% of health care workers. At home, things aren’t different. Women are more likely to be in charge of the sick, minors, and elders, […]

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06.11.20

Civil society steps up in the context of Covid-19: lessons from the push for transparency and accountability in Brazil

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of govloop It is well known that the right to health is closely related to and dependent upon access to information. This truth has become ever more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has demanded transparency and accountability from governments all over the world. In the absence of such attributes, the […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

06.01.20

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 […]

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05.03.20

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, […]

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 […]

04.17.20

COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]

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 […]

03.11.20

Focus on Vulnerable Populations in the Public Health Response to COVID-19

By Sean Bland

Cases of the new coronavirus that was first detected in China continue to increase in many parts of the world, including the United States. Commonly referred to in the press as simply coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include SARS, MERS, and the common cold, the disease caused by the coronavirus has been […]

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