Category Archives: Global Health

From JAMA Forum: Reforming the World Health Organization After Ebola

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown.  It was originally published by news@JAMA on April 14, 2015.  It is re-posted here with the permission of the author.  Any questions or comments can be directed to In September 2014, at the […]

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What I’ve Been Reading: Infectious Disease

Looking back over the public health books I’ve read in the last few months, I realized a noticeable slant towards infectious disease. In this post I will share some of my favorite reads from the past 6 months or so. These range from a page-turning beach read (The Demon in the Freezer) to a classic work […]

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Get your popcorn.* The O’Neill Institute goes to the movies [Part I]

*you may want to wait until after you see these films to decide whether your popcorn of choice is safe to eat. Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. In Part I of this season’s film series, we will focus on the role […]

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Cardiologist and Knitters Come Together to Save Lives

In Bolivia, knitting and weaving are ancient craft skills that have been developed over centuries and even predate the Incan Empire. Today, Bolivian women are  knitting high-technology devices known as “occluders” to combat a type of congenital heart disease in children. Developed by cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the device is an inexpensive alternative to the standard devices that are industrially produced. With Bolivia being one of the poorest […]

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What the World Health Organization Executive Board resolution got wrong on humanitarian assistance

You may have seen the January 2015 WHO Executive Board resolution on Ebola, which calls for many important things, including a global health reserve workforce, a contingency fund, and human resource management reform. All could help develop a smarter global health system. But did you see this paragraph on humanitarian asssitance, which points decidedly in […]

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Trade leaks and litigation funds: how the tobacco industry reels us into more pointless battles

A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustrations at the endless cycle of the tobacco industry demanding more and more evidence to justify simple tobacco control measures – and governments around the world giving in. Yesterday, parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between 12 countries including the US, were […]

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The O’Neill Institute Summer Program Is Back!

It’s that time of year! Join us for our 2015 O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Infectious Diseases. Apply now at:

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Injecting Compassion into the Vaccine Debate

As a child I was surrounded by vaccine resisters. Nearly everyone I knew was vociferously opposed to the practice. We were particularly galled by the mandatory nature of vaccination—it seemed beyond the pale that such an invasive and traumatic procedure would be conducted without our consent. There was one ringleader in particular who spurred on […]

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At the Intersection of Abortion, Advocacy & Pop Culture

Even in countries where abortion has been legalized, women face numerous barriers when attempting to access the procedure. These include provider, facility, commodity, procedural, economic, information and stigma barriers. Stigma barriers are arguably the hardest to tackle, since they reflect deep-seated cultural values and judgments. Pop culture, however, can serve as a powerful tool for […]

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Scheduling Ketamine under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971: WHO Veto Power?

Currently, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is meeting in Vienna, Austria and one of the most debated issues is whether the Commission will vote to schedule the drug ketamine under the Convention of Psychotropic Substances of 1971. Regarding this issue, a critical legal interpretation question exists – does WHO have the power to veto the […]

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