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Proposed Plan Could Improve Medicine Access for Millions

Last week, the administration of US President Joe Biden released a much-anticipated policy agenda for addressing exorbitant prescription drug costs in the United States. Congress and the White House should seize this opportunity to implement reforms…
President Joe Biden speaks about how his Build Back Better agenda will lower prescription drug prices, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 12, 2021.
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Tribal Treaty Requires US Government to Provide Competent Care

A United States Court of Appeals last week affirmed a lower court ruling that the US government is obliged to provide competent health care to South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a modest but important victory for the human right to health of tribe…
The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs host a field hearing in Rapid City, South Dakota, on June 17, 2016, to discuss proposed legislation aimed at fixing shortcomings at the network of hospitals run by the Indian Health Service.
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A Third Shot in Rich Countries Undermines Legal Obligations to Cooperate

The United States government’s announcement this week that eligible people can receive a third “booster” shot of Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines comes as less than two percent of people in low-income countries have received even a single dose of…
Empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine lie in a box during a vaccine campaign at the Vaccine Village in Ebersberg, Germany on May 15, 2021.
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On World Health Day, a Call for a ‘Fairer and Healthier World’

Today marks World Health Day with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for increased government investment and cooperation to tackle global health inequities. Government policy and practice primarily determine the equity or otherwise of health…
A man wearing a mask receives a vaccination in the arm
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Report Documents ‘Significant Disadvantage’ to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this piece contains the name and image of a deceased person. His name and image are used with the permission of the family.  On August 24, the Queensland Health Ombudsman found that…
Charlie Gowa (left), his mother Xernona PoiPoi, and brother Richard.
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579 Cases in 3 Months Show Need for Reproductive Rights, Sanitation

As Covid-19 dominates headlines, the Zika virus silently continues to put women and children at grave risk in Brazil, and the country has not taken nearly enough steps to combat the mosquito-borne disease or help the families impacted by it. Brazil…
Raquel, 25, holds her daughter Heloisa in Areia, Paraíba state, Brazil. Raquel gave birth to twin daughters with Zika syndrome in April 2016. “I want to give my best to my daughters,” she said in an interview with Human Rights Watch.
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War-torn Country’s Shattered Health Care System Is No Match for Pandemic

As if Yemen’s protracted armed conflict and humanitarian crisis were not enough, COVID-19 presents an imminent danger that further threatens the country’s people. Even though only one case of COVID-19 has been reported in…
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Ensure Accessible, Affordable Treatment for Millions of Vulnerable Americans

The stimulus package the United States Congress approved last week provides billions of dollars for hospitals but does not ensure COVID-19 treatment is affordable and accessible. This gap could prove devastating for millions of…
A woman waits outside the emergency check-in entrance at the Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore., on March 24, 2020.
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Hundreds of Cases of ‘Disappearances’ and Torture Reported Under al-Sisi’s Government

Instead of protecting its citizens from torture and forced disappearances, the Egyptian government prefers to criticize and attack groups calling for investigations. Human Rights Watch published evidence several weeks ago…
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Health Care Should be Recognized as a Fundamental Right

Philip Alston, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, did not mince words when he issued his recent report on poverty in the United States. Recent policies under the Trump administration “seem designed to…
People walk around the neighboring streets around the Fred Jordan Mission, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 12, 2018.
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US Maternal Death Rates Are Rising, With Black Women at Greatest Risk

Around the world every single day 800 women and girls die from preventable causes during and after pregnancy. Human Rights Watch has documented some of the root causes of these deaths – lack of accountability of health professionals to…
The maternity ward is show at the newly constructed Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center hospital in San Diego, California , U.S., April 17, 2017.
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Baseless Claims Made That Fund Supports Coercive Abortion, Sterilization

While attention has been focused on the tumult around US President Donald Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US officials quietly renewed a decision made last year to block funding for the UN Population Fund – known as…
Syrian women sit in the waiting area to see a female doctor at a maternity clinic run by United Nations Population Fund inside Jordan's Al Zaatari refugee camp, which houses nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees, in Mafraq, Jordan November 22, 2016.
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GOP’s Cuts to Medicaid, ACA, Mean Millions Lose Access to Drug Treatment Programs

US President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. What that means in practice remains to be seen – possibilities include increased federal funding, inter-agency coordination, and improved rural health…
US President Donald Trump signs a presidential public health emergency declaration on the nation's opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Order Undermines ACA, May Result in Higher Premiums for Many Americans

Having failed – again – to gain congressional support for repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), US President Donald Trump last week took two actions that will undermine some of its core principles. The President’s executive order allows for…
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) applauds as U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans and circumvent Obamacare rules at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2017
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Proposed Law Would Take Health Care out of Reach for Millions

This spring, “Mark,” a 65-year-old man from California, lost the toes on his right foot. Doctors had no choice but to amputate them after he developed complications from a staph infection. With a monthly income of US$1,499 from Social…
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaks with reporters following the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Sept
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Yelitza López’s greatest fear is to face a grave illness without pain relief. That fear is very real to her – López’s mother, Divisay, has advanced cancer and suffers from bouts of severe pain. “I cannot watch her suffer,”…
A woman walks past empty shelves at a drugstore in Caracas, February 23, 2016.
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Maladministration in Nigerian’s July 2016 Execution

The official Ombudsman of Indonesia has accused both the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Supreme Court of “maladministration” in denying a Nigerian citizen, executed for drug trafficking in July 2016, his legal rights. …
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Proposed Medicaid Spending Cuts May Lead to Rural Hospital Closures

Rural America is in the midst of a health emergency that will probably get much worse if the US Senate’s healthcare bill passes. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people who live in rural areas are more likely…
Pineville Community Hospital, Pineville, Kentucky.
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Saudi Arms Vote Shows Senators Can Do The Right Thing

Nearly half the United States Senate on Tuesday voted to ban a sale of US$510 million weapons to Saudi Arabia, because those weapons may be used to perpetrate war crimes against Yemeni civilians. It was a stunning result, just weeks…
Demonstrators that include mostly medical students protest a proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act in New York, U.S., January 30, 2017.