Category Archives: Global Health


New Online Resource: “The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources”

The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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Medical evacuations for West African Ebola patients: The unspoken possibility

Time and again, the global community finds a way to express its collective view – the view of the powers-that-be – that some members of our community are worth less than others, that lofty rhetoric and human rights law to the contrary, your life means less to the world if you are poor. And so […]

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Ebola in the US: A Single Case Should Not Distract Us from the True Crisis in West Africa

The author wrote this post in collaboration with Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first diagnosis of Ebola made in the United States (previous US cases were medical evacuees, who were already known to be infected). […]

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From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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10 Resources to Help You Get a Handle on the Ebola Epidemic

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Law Fellows Sarah Roache and Daniel Hougendobler The West African Ebola epidemic is an international public health crisis, and a threat to international security. For so many of us – the public health community, humanitarian and aid organizations, governments, ethicists, policy-makers, and engaged citizens – the epidemic triggers important […]

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Ebola and September 11: National traumas, heroes, enduring legacies, and a Framework Convention on Global Health

  343. For many Americans, that number will always be shorthand for heroism and sacrifice, for risking your own life to save others. It is the number of firefighters who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, among the 414 emergency workers killed that day. (The actual toll due to increased […]

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Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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#icebucketchallenge: A Public Health Practitioner’s Perspective

  I work in the field of public health. If you are reading this post, you probably do too. And if you think like me, you see the ALS ice bucket challenge with a mixture of awe, bewilderment and general frustration that you didn’t think of it first. The ice bucket challenge has proven to […]

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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). For more information about IHR procedures when a PHEIC is activated please visit our website and check out World Health Organization IHR i-Course.

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Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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