Category Archives: WHO


A Cause for Celebration: The Americas Lead the Way on Health for Older Persons

This post was co-authored by Ana Ayala and Lois Sheng Liu. On June 15, the 45th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons, the very first legally-binding instrument that directly protects the rights of older persons, including their right to health […]

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Global Health Security: A Focus on Prevention

It was a subtle shift. In January, in a special session on Ebola, the World Health Organization’s Executive Board called for WHO’s Director-General to provide options for a contingency fund in the context of WHO’s “need for adequate resources for [its] preparedness, surveillance and response work.” For a moment, it seemed that any additional resources that WHO […]

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Put away your cigarettes and lighters, May 31 is World #NoTobacco Day!

This Sunday, put away your cigarettes and lighters and turn on your “reflecting caps.” May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), one of the eight major global health days observed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health advocates worldwide. On this day, we reflect on the various health risks associated with […]

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JAMA Forum: Critical Choices for the WHO After the Ebola Epidemic

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. It originally appeared in JAMA Forum. The original posting can be found here. In the aftermath of an unconscionably inadequate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, this year’s World Health Assembly was seen as critically important to the future of the […]

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The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of the launch of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. This commission’s focus is that law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can […]

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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 gostin@law.georgetown.edu. In September 2014, at the […]

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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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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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WHO: A Spoon Full of Sugar? Well…But Don’t Overdo It

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Disney’s Mary Poppins’ “A Spoon Full of Sugar” would never have triggered for me a single thought about obesity or diabetes. After all, the message is that keeping a positive attitude can make the most boring of tasks fun, or at the very least, bearable. However, the funny thing […]

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Five observations on the Ebola Special Session Resolution

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization recently finished its special session on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its 136th regular session. Significantly, the Executive Board adopted a resolution, EBSS3.R1 (Ebola Resolution), during the special session. This Resolution makes significant pronouncements and calls for a broad range of actions. However, a […]

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