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The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control at 10 : its power for global health and development in the 21st century – by Jonathan Liberman

August 5, 2014


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On 27 February 2015, it will be ten years since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) entered into force. At its upcoming sixth session, to be held in October, the treaty’s governing body, its Conference of the Parties (COP), will consider how the treaty’s impact might be assessed. In this article, Jonathan Liberman, Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, argues that the Convention carries great legal and political power for global health and development, it just needs to be used properly. […]

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HIV/AIDS and Global Health Governance: The Good, the Bad and the Alarming – by Peter Yu

December 5, 2013

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AIDS Ribbon Sculpture prototype

photo credit: Jayel Aheram via Flickr cc

The World AIDS Day was first observed 25 years ago on 1 December to raise awareness for this then-fatal disease. Since its discovery, HIV/AIDS has cost the lives of 25 million people worldwide. Another 30 million adults and 2.5 million children have been infected. If we count family members, loved ones and the numerous professionals and volunteers who have cared for the infected, HIV/AIDS has disturbed the lives of an incalculable number of individuals and communities from around the world.

Although reports about HIV/AIDS, especially those concerning the lack of access to antiretrovirals, tend to be depressing, recent years have seen some promising developments. This post will take stock of both the good and the bad in our continuous fight against HIV/AIDS. It will also draw key lessons from this fight and apply them to other global public health problems. […]

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