Last month in an effort to stem its soaring obesity rates, Mexico took bold public health action and passed a new soda and junk food tax. Beginning on January 1, 2014, Mexico will impose a national tax of one peso per liter (about 10 percent) on sugar-sweetened beverages and 8 percent on junk food. The […]
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This week Washington, DC hosted the Fourth Global Fund Replenishment, which was followed by a half-day conference: “The Global Fund 2014-2016: Sustaining the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” held at Georgetown University. While the Global Fund fell short of its $15 billion goal, the $12 billion pledged represents a 30% increase over its last […]
After I wrapped up last month’s blog post on the ownership of amputated limbs in China, I read an astonishing news story online: a 47-year-old Chinese peasant, Mr. Zheng Yanliang, cut off his diseased right leg to save both his life and healthcare costs. Mr. Zheng lives in Qingyuan County in the Hebei Province, just […]
The large and growing burden of non-communicable diseases in lower-income countries is now a common storyline in global health. So too is the global movement towards universal health coverage. Might the former help in measuring progress towards the latter? Might progress on addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – in particular, treatment for breast cancer, or perhaps […]
On October 24, 2013, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and the Lawyers Collective formally launched the Global Health and Human Rights Database. This long-awaited database provides users with free online access to law from around the world on health and human rights, offering an interactive, searchable, and fully […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, Resources; Tagged: Anand Grover, Global Health and Human Rights Database, Gostin, health and human rights, lawyers collective, O'Neill Institute, WHO, World Health Organization.
On October 9, 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York against the United Nations (U.N.) by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and on behalf of Haitians and Haitian Americans whose family members or themselves […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights; Tagged: Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Center for Economic and Policy Research, cholera, Haiti, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, United Nations.
You may be aware of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a proposed global health treaty to be rooted in the right to health and aimed, above all, at global and domestic health equity. The international coalition of civil society and academics known as the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global […]
Ensuring access to medicines requires a two-pronged approach. First, medicines must be invented and developed. For conditions that widely affect both the rich and poor, this presents little problem. Because those in the developed world can afford to pay large sums for these medicines, pharmaceutical companies have a strong financial incentive to develop treatments. However, […]
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In her opening remarks to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: [e]fforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion . . . [i]t is […]
This post was written by and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) and Belen Rios (Research Assistant, Global Health LL.M. ‘13) at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org On Friday May 31st, as we mentioned in our blog, all around the globe, […]
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