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2009 World AIDS Day- Universal Access and Human Rights

Today, 1st December 2009 marks World AIDS day. Browsing through the 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update , one can see that despite significant efforts towards combating the epidemic, the global HIV/AIDS statics are alarming.

According to the report, an estimated:

  • 33.4 million people are living with HIV worldwide               
  • 2.7 million people were newly infected in 2008
  • 2 million people died of AIDS related illness in 2008

This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. The challenge therefore for governments and donors, is to translate into real action and results, the knowledge of the interplay of HIV/AIDS and human rights. Notably:

  • The right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits;
  • The right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health;
  • The right to non-discrimination, equal protection and equality before the law;
  • The right to life;
  • The right to privacy;
  • The right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
  • The right to work;
  • The right to freedom of movement;
  • The right to seek and enjoy asylum;
  • The right to an adequate standard of living;
  • The right to social security, assistance and welfare;
  • The right to equal access to education;
  • The right to participate in public and cultural life;
  • The right to freedom of association;
  • The right to marry and to found a family;
  • The right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freely receive and impart information.

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Global Health Law Essay Competition

Ladies and Gentlemen, get your pencils ready!

The Global Health division of the Center for Strategic and International Studies is holding a contest for creative ideas in the field of global health.

Contest detail after the jump… Feel free to post creative global health suggestions in the comments. Continue reading

The House Health Care Reform Bill Less Expensive than Bush’s Tax Cuts

According to a new report by the Citizens for Tax Justice, current health reform efforts–which have an expected price tag of around $1 trillion for ten years–will cost significantly less than Bush’s tax cuts, which cost an estimated $2.5 trillion over the same period.

As the report notes:

“[M]any of the lawmakers who argue that the health care reform legislation is “too costly” are the same lawmakers who supported the Bush tax cuts. Their own voting record demonstrates that health care reform is not a matter of costs, but a matter of priorities.

“It’s difficult to see how the Bush tax cuts could provide us with two and a half times the benefits of health care reform. In 2010, when all the Bush tax cuts are finally phased in, a staggering 52.5 percent of the benefits will go to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers. President Bush and his supporters argued that these high-income tax cuts would benefit everybody because they would unleash investment that would spark widespread economic prosperity. There seems to be no evidence of this, particularly given the collapse of the economy at the end of the Bush years.”

We’re back from our summer sabbatical!

Hi readers,

We have taken a bit of a summer sabbatical in updating this blog, but it’s time to get back in the thick of things.  There is so much to report with health care reform making front page news and other health law issues exerting a quieter influence.  We are back from our break and more excited than ever to report on all the news that’s fit to print.

Thanks for sticking with us!  Now let’s get to it…

Event at Georgetown: Global Health in the 21st Century: A Perspective from the Fogarty International Center, NIH”

Georgetown University is hosting a seminar on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by Dr. Roger Glass, Director of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.  

Dr. Glass will deliver a  talk entitled Global Health in the 21st Century: A Perspective from the Fogarty International Center, NIH” at 10:00am in Warwick Evans Conference Room, Bldg D, Medical Center, Georgetown University.


Dr. Glass graduated from Harvard College in 1967, received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Buenos Aires in 1967, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1972. He joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977 as a medical officer assigned to the Environmental Hazards Branch. He received his doctorate from the University of Goteborg, Sweden in 1984, and joined the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, where he worked on the molecular biology of rotavirus. In 1986, Dr. Glass returned to the CDC to become Chief of the Viral Gastroenteritis Unit at the National Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Glass became the Director of the Fogarty International Center and Associate Director for International Research, NIH on June 11, 2006.

Dr. Glass’s research interests are in the prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses and noroviruses through the application of novel scientific research. He has maintained field studies in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, China and elsewhere. His research has been targeted toward epidemiologic studies to anticipate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines. He is fluent and often lectures in 5 languages. He has co-authored more than 400 research papers and chapters.

Dr. Glass has received numerous awards including the prestigious Charles C. Shepard Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award presented by the CDC in recognition of his 30-year career of scientific research application and leadership, and the Dr. Charles Merieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for his work on rotavirus vaccines in the developing world.

A word from Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD -Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Executive Dean, School of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center:

Global health is a major challenge of our time, and a mission focus for Georgetown University.  Our mutual interest in this area and opportunities that FIC provides are vitally important to our faculty, staff and students. I encourage you to join us for Dr. Glass’s seminar and learn more about his vision and priorities at FIC