Category Archives: WHO


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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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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How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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Ebola Is Spreading: What We Need to Know about the IHR (2005)

West Africa is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease’s first appearance in humans in 1976. This time around, what began as one outbreak in Guinea in February has spread to 60 outbreak sites to date. Since then, it has already killed over 600 people and infected nearly 1,100 in Guinea, Liberia, and […]

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6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future – The O’Neill Institute Retrospective

We are delighted to present the Retrospective for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future.  

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Universal Health Coverage Should Be Universal: An Analysis of a World Health Organization/World Bank Proposal

Universal health coverage (UHC). It is an ambitious, historic goal. At least in its strongest form, it entails enabling all people to receive the health services they need. Not long ago, it seemed that UHC would be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. While no […]

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