The Secret Theft of Human Rights

BY LINDSEY HIEBERT. Photography by Lindsey Hiebert. Birth and human rights are closely related; rights are principles and standards that protect individuals, and they are earned at birth, when individuals can begin to fruitfully take advantage of them. Many obstacles prevent human rights from being fulfilled, including oppressive regimes and discrimination. Birth, the same event…

Haiti: Improving the Maternal Health Situation through Increased Contraceptive Use

BY RACHEL ARNESEN. Photography by Jose Jose and Jean Francoise Leblanc. Each day, about 800 women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.[1] While 800 deaths per day is an alarming statistic, what is even more shocking is that almost all of these deaths—over 99% of which occur in developing countries—are preventable.[2] In the…

The BRICS Wall of Protection: What South Africa’s Patent Policy Means for the Future of National Health

BY ALEXANDER WARD. In 2001, the Doha Declaration guaranteed flexibility of public health initiatives within the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).  Included in the new legislation is the right for countries to issue compulsory licenses (CLs) for life-saving drugs, outline country-specific terms for the acquisition of these licenses, and…

The Interdisciplinary Investments: Collaboration in Global Health

BY THERESA OEI. Photography by Janice Car for the CDC, and the NIAID. The global health field is, by nature, interdisciplinary. It encompasses technological innovation, scientific research, medical care, policy making, and economic development. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), however, typically address only one or two of these issues in an attempt to…

Educating Leaders Around the World

BY ELISABETH GEORGE AND SHIRIN AHMED, Yale GHLI. Photography by GHLI. Although often overlooked, effective leadership and management are critical to strengthening health systems and achieving large-scale goals. The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI), led by Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD and Michael Skonieczny, MPA, develops leadership through education and research programs that strengthen health…