43 blogs found.

The Right to Health and the Medical Futility Debate

Posted by Catherine Deans on October 11, 2014

A right to health approach dictates that a patient is entitled to exercise her autonomy by giving or refusing consent to treatment.  However, the scope of this right is complicated where the treating physician has proposed the withdrawal of treatment on the basis it will not benefit the patient further or that its harmful side-effects …Read more

WHO issues first report on suicide prevention

Posted by Kate Barth on October 1, 2014

Suicide stands as an enormous, and too often under-targeted, public health problem throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization’s recently issued a report on suicide, Preventing Suicide: a Global Imperative, an estimated 804,000 deaths from suicide occurred worldwide in 2012. This is a problem which pervades both and low-income countries, with suicides accounting …Read more

Final Thematic Report from Anand Grover, the now Former UNSR, is Available

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on September 25, 2014

The final thematic report of Anand Grover, the now former UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, is now available. The report is about the theoretical challenges, framework limitations and sheer misconceptions that have restricted the use of the right to …Read more

Liberia, Ebola and the Right to the Enjoyment of Just and Favourable Conditions of Work

Posted by Catherine Deans on September 20, 2014

On 19 September, it was reported that a group of people, including three doctors, were attacked when visiting a village in Guinea to raise awareness about Ebola.  It is understood that the motive for the attack was the villagers’ belief that healthcare workers were responsible for spreading the virus.  This tragic incident highlights the ongoing …Read more

Foreign Prisoners in Botswana’s Jails Secure Access to HIV treatment

Posted by Kate Barth on September 9, 2014

On August 22, 2014 Justice Bengbame Sechele of Botswana’s High Court ordered the government to provide treatment to foreign HIV+ prisoners at the expense of the State. The three applicants (two Zimbabwean prisoners and a local NGO advocating for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS) argued that the denial of treatment violated the prisoners’ right to life, right …Read more

Healthcare Inequalities in the United States: an Emerging Human Rights Crises

Posted by Catherine Deans on September 3, 2014

A recent report from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) – in collaboration with Sister Song and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health – has labelled healthcare inequalities in the US as a “human rights crises”.  The report reveals that racial and ethnic healthcare discrimination in the US is worsening, particularly with respect to …Read more

Case Study: Medical Abortions and Restrictions on Access to Medicine

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on August 29, 2014

The New York Times has a phenomenal report on Women on Web, an organization that provides drugs that induce a medical abortion to women in countries that heavily restrict access to abortions. The report covers the political and legal challenges Women on Web faces, both from domestic law in the Netherlands and importing restrictions of …Read more

Ebola and Gender

Posted by Kate Barth on August 22, 2014

Statistics from Ebola epidemic which has been spreading across West Africa show that women have been disproportionately affected by the disease, comprising between 55-60% of the dead. Considering that the mode of transmission of the Ebola virus—through contact with bodily fluids—and considering that women comprise the vast majority of caregivers in West Africa the fact …Read more

West Africa seeks to cordon off Ebola-affected area

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on August 13, 2014

As the Ebola epidemic rages on, affected States are desperate for any effective measures they can take. This situation has pushed Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to establish a cordon sanitaire, a measure not used in almost a century. A cordon sanitaire is a cordoned off area that contains an epidemic that, traditionally, no one could enter or leave until …Read more

Kenya’s Decreasing Resources for HIV may Cause it to Take Retrogressive Measures

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on August 5, 2014

In the shadow of the US-Africa Summit, comes a scaling down of the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR funds 70% of Kenya’s HIV programs and Kenya says that it doesn’t have the resources to replace PEPFAR. Kenya is developing a new policy and will soon release an HIV Response National Strategic …Read more