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12.04.18

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 […]

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12.04.18

A Call for Action Now: The Health of Millions of Immigrants Is at Risk

By Eric A. Friedman

As captured by Emma Lazarus, the torch of the Statute of Liberty lights the path for “the poor,” “the homeless, tempest-tossed,” welcoming them to this land, to the United States. Yet this administration’s basest instincts, so harsh towards those “yearning to breath free,” already seeking to block those who are fleeing persecution and remove who […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.30.18

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 […]

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11.30.18

Constitutional Courts and the defense of democracy, rights, and liberties

By Johan Marulanda

Hosted by: The O’Neill Institute, Due Process Law Foundation, and The Dialogue The event will be held in Spanish and livestreamed Light refreshments will be served RSVP: info@dplf.org The situation of human rights in Latin America has significantly worsened in recent year. In this adverse context, it has been the region’s Constitutional Courts that have […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.16.18

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 […]

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11.16.18

Suicide in Prisons and Jails: A Growing Concern

By Mehgan Gallagher

Photo Credit: Urdupoint.com Suicide among inmates in prisons and jails in the United States and abroad is a serious concern.  The United States has lower rates of suicide in prison compared to Western European and Nordic countries   However, compared to other nations, the United States has the highest prison population in the world and rates […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

11.09.18

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 […]

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11.02.18

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues ruling on the progressive realization of the right to health

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights The past couple of years have brought interesting developments regarding the adjudication of the right to health at an international level. Following years of debate within the legal community as to the possibility of direct adjudication of social, economic and cultural rights under the American Convention […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

10.26.18

Venezuela’s health crisis: national and cross-border effects

By Andrés Constantin

This blog was written by Carolina I. Andrada, intern at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Andrés Constantin On October 15, 2018, the Medical Federation of Venezuela (FMV) alerted that the nation’s measles epidemic had become sickeningly large. The FMV’s president, Douglas León Natera, warned that the case count had surpassed 650,000 and […]

10.19.18

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 […]

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