Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

Senator Markey introduces global LGBT human rights bill

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On Friday Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, a bill that would direct the Department of State to make international LGBT rights a foreign policy priority. The bill calls for establishing a position in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for coordinating inter-bureau and inter-agency […]

Report, patent reform add signposts to intersection of health and human rights

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“It is well understood,” this paper from Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership begins, “that patent protection increases the price of medicines and thereby decreases access to them.” The result: The rich really are different. They can have more health. It is a truth, this paper points out, that runs counter to the right to health […]

Building drug detention center monitoring into Viet Nam’s grant terms, Global Fund takes step to address human rights concerns

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At what point does help become harm? And at what point can funders use their clout to stop harm? Those are  questions facing health and human rights donors giving aid to countries where the people at the highest risk of disease are further threatened by government laws and policies that sanction their detention, forced labor, […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

With “transitions” underway, report emphasizes distinction between “country ownership” and government ownership

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THE DISTINCTION? “COUNTRY” INCLUDES CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS REPRESENTING THOSE GOVERNMENTS JAIL, NEGLECT, LEAVE VULERNABLE In Zambia, the nation’s Home Affairs Minister tells gay rights advocates to “go to hell” while an HIV treatment advocate faces jail time for speaking of the need to reach vulnerable populations. In Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, homophobic views voiced by […]

Nigerian health, human rights groups to legislature: Rescind anti-gay bill

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Saying Nigeria legislators’ passage of the “Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill and other Related Matters” last week violates the country’s constitution as well as human rights, groups and individuals in the country are calling on legislators and President Goodluck Jonathan to consult with civil society organizations and the and the nation’s commission charged with protecting […]

Panel: Aim to ensure healthy lives through universal health care, access and equity

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A report from the United Nations-assigned panel framing an approach to post-2015 global development goals asserts that universal access to basic healthcare, eliminating discriminatory barriers that stand between vulnerable people and services, a commitment to social, economic, and environmental equity, as well as investing in disease prevention will be essential to reaching the attainable goal […]

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

U.S. Global Health Diplomacy raises question: What is country ownership?

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A little more than four years ago when the then new Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby came to a town hall style talk at the Kaiser Family Foundation to discuss the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the idea of  “country ownership” of AIDS-fighting efforts came up once, in a question put to him about […]

More than a decade of countering disease and disaster in Haiti penitentiary yields results as donors turn attention to prisons

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The following is the first of a two-part feature on health and justice in a Haitian prison. Today Science Speaks looks at how a decade of work by an organization called Health through Walls has led to recognition of and responses to conditions there, with tools to diagnose tuberculosis among prisoners. When Dr. John May […]