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04.01.19

Birth Plans and Obstetric Violence: The Question We Should Be Asking

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Quartz Many of the debates about reproductive health revolve around the autonomy of women during pregnancy and labor. This is most apparent, of course, in the discussions about pregnancy termination, but it also shows in the broader issue of obstetric violence. Earlier this year, the Regional Council of Medicine in Rio de […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

03.25.19

Contribute to drafting the Framework Convention on Global Health

By Eric A. Friedman

Those of us who have been working on the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) have long debated when it would be time to begin drafting the treaty. The FCGH Alliance has now begun the drafting process, with the aim of catalyzing widespread engagement – and we hope, most importantly, reaching people who rarely have […]

03.01.19

UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

By John Stephens

Today, the United Nations marks “Zero Discrimination Day,” an annual day of celebration that they made up in 2014. The day is meant to promote equality in all aspects of life, but in practice it seems to be a UNAIDS affair focused on discrimination against people living with HIV. Every member of the United Nations […]

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02.26.19

The air quality crisis in Bogota is an opportunity to rethink urban development

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Justin Sovich/Creative Commons Last week Bogota, Colombia, experienced an environmental and health crisis: due to air pollution, the city’s authorities activated a code yellow (in some places, even a code orange) and imposed restrictions on the circulation of cars. They explained that the poor air quality was a result of thermal inversions, […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

02.26.19

Genome editing and CRISPR

By Andrés Constantin

This post was written by Andrés Constantin and Patricio López Turconi. Genome editing and CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a new technique of genome editing that offers the possibility of inserting, removing and correcting DNA with relative simplicity and efficiency. Scientists had already developed the ability to edit the genome by altering its […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

02.19.19

To Leave No One Behind on SDGs, Bring People Now Behind to the Head of the Table

By Eric A. Friedman

 Image courtesy of Eduspire. Those of us in the world of global health, or global development more generally, have probably heard it before – again and again: Leave No One Behind. That is a core promise of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals that the Agenda contains. If we are […]

02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

By Laura Norato

Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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02.03.19

The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of O Tempo Brazil is recovering from one of the biggest environmental and human tragedies the country has ever gone through. Someone reading this blog post two weeks ago would have probably guessed that it referred to the mining dam collapse in the city of Mariana in 2015. On that occasion the disaster […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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