Category Archives: WHO


4 Challenges to Mitigating the Impact of Zika Virus Infection

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as three to four million people in the region could be infected in the next year. 23 countries and territories in the region have already reported cases of infection with the virus. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits […]

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The Persisting Toll of Global Health Inequity

Inequity kills — by one measure, more than one in three of us. And this unconscionable toll hasn’t been getting much better. That was the finding from calculations by Juan Garay of the European Commission several years back, explained in his new book available for free viewing, Health Equity: The Key for Transformational Change (p. 33-35).  Essentially, if […]

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Why We Need the Framework Convention on Global Health Following the SDGs

Next month, the WHO Executive Board will meet with a lengthy agenda, representing the range of serious health burdens and threats that persist. One challenge stands above the rest: immense global and national health inequities, linked to some 20 million deaths every year (about which more in an upcoming blog). The Executive Board could take […]

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Law’s Power to Safeguard Global Health: LJD Week 2015

This week several members of the O’Neill Institute attended and participated in the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Week program. On Tuesday morning, members of the Institute led a session on “Law’s Power to Safeguard Global Health.” I moderated the session, and was fortunate to be joined by one of the Co-Chairs of The Lancet […]

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Are hot dogs the new cigarette? What to make of WHO’s latest finding

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) made waves with meat-eaters around the world by classifying processed meat as carcinogenic, and red meat as probably carcinogenic: Processed Meat: Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer. Red meat:  After thoroughly reviewing […]

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The O’Neill Institute Responds to WHO’s Dr. Margaret Chan’s Global Futures Initiative Lecture

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law was pleased to attend Georgetown University’s Global Futures Initiative lecture by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization on the “Global Future of Governance.”  Members of our team were invited to submit responses to the Global Futures Initiative blog, which are excerpted below. […]

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An Eye-Opening Evening

This post was written by Rebecca Donsky, a 2016 candidate for the Global Health Law LL.M. at Georgetown Law.  The views presented here are her own. Any questions or comments can be directed to rd886@georgetown.edu. On September 30, 2015 I attended an event at Georgetown Law hosted by Professor Eric Rosenthal of Georgetown Law, the […]

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Global Health’s 21st Century Challenge: From An Inspiring Lecture to A Candid Conversation with WHO’s Dr. Margaret Chan

This post was written by Anna Tordjmann, a 2016 candidate for the Global Health Law LL.M. at Georgetown Law.  The views presented here are her own. Any questions or comments can be directed to at925@law.georgetown.edu. I am a candidate in the Global Health Law LL.M at Georgetown Law, and I received the unique chance to […]

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The unmet need for family planning, an unmet human right

On October 9-11, the University of Washington School of Law hosted the Human Right to Family Planning Conference. It explored the relationship between the right to health and family planning – globally and locally, bringing together advocates, doctors, nurses, lawyers, public health professionals, pharmacists, politicians, academics and researchers, among others.

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“I’d like to see the last Guinea worm die before I do”

Former U.S. President, Noble Peace Prize winner and member of The Elders, Jimmy Carter, recently announced he was diagnosed with cancer. We wish him well. During his press conference announcing his diagnosis, he made the following comment when asked about his remaining priorities for the Carter Center: “I would like to see Guinea worm completely […]

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