43 blogs found.

Call for evidence on the health impacts of trade and investment agreements

Posted by Kate Barth on February 9, 2015

The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, a collaborative initiative between the University of Oslo and The Lancet, recently released a call for evidence regarding the health impacts of trade and investment agreements.  These submissions will be considered in a report on the impact on health and its social determinants of such agreements and negotiation processes, which the …Read more

26 men charged with homosexual offenses acquitted by Egyptian court

Posted by Kate Barth on February 2, 2015

The last decade has witnessed many encouraging steps in the struggle for LGBTI rights with states increasingly decriminalizing consensual same-sex activity, extending recognition for gay marriage and recognizing transgendered individuals as vulnerable persons. However, we have by no means achieved a worldwide consensus on the issue; over 70 states still criminalize consensual non-heterosexual sexual activity.[1]  …Read more

Repost: Menstrual Health and Human Rights — Yes, That’s Right

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on January 14, 2015

The Human Rights at Home blog has a great post on the  subject of menstrual health. Menstrual health is a critical part of sexual and reproductive health yet is often viewed as taboo or is simply neglected. Fortunately, the post announces a major conference on menstrual health with a human rights prospective from June 4-6, …Read more

Respecting Good and Bad Choices

Posted by Kate Barth on January 14, 2015

Ensuring informed consent is central to safeguarding an individual’s right to health. At its core, the concept of informed consent requires more than mere acceptance of a particular medical procedure; rather, it demands that such medical procedure has been freely and voluntarily chosen by a sufficiently informed person. Any intervention taken without informed consent violates a …Read more

Weaknesses in Health Systems and the Need for a United Front against Communicable Diseases

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on January 7, 2015

Going off of Ban Ki-moon’s November statement that the Ebola outbreak should end by mid-March, there have been promising signs that the disease is coming under control. Liberia plans to reopen schools next month. The US is lifting Ebola screenings requirements for travelers from Mali. While positive notes, the tragedy remains that this was an …Read more

2014 – A Devastating Year for Children

Posted by Catherine Dean on December 18, 2014

UNICEF has declared 2014 to have been a devastating year for children. On 8 December, UNICEF issued a press release citing the “worsening conflicts across the world” as the cause of “horror, fear and despair” for millions of children. UNICEF estimates that as many as 15 million children have been exposed to violence and its …Read more

Extreme Heat: A Violation of Human Rights in Texas Prisons

Posted by Jamie Milne on November 29, 2014

During a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on October 27, 2014, advocates from the University of Texas School of Law’s Human Rights Clinic, joined by Brian McGiverin from the Texas Civil Rights Project, revealed the violation of the human rights of inmates in Texas prisons who are exposed to dangerously high temperatures …Read more

Guest Post: Ebola’s Ripple Effects [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Emily Newhook on November 20, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst in history—but its rapid spread and high mortality rate are just part of a much larger problem. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are already grappling with myriad social, economic and public health issues that have become even more vulnerable in the wake of this crisis. Unless the infection …Read more

Insufficient Investment and Research on how Ebola affects Children

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on November 10, 2014

The New York Times has an interesting article about children with Ebola often surviving or dying while having similar levels of care and symptoms. The article discusses the experience of a clinic in Liberia whose doctors acknowledge that they “didn’t know how to predict” whether a child with Ebola would survive or not. The clinic …Read more

Handing over the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Health

Posted by Kate Barth on October 31, 2014

On October 6 and 7th, a group of around 30 health activists, advocates and human rights experts from around the world met in New Delhi to celebrate the handover of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental …Read more