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Monkeypox in the Global Context: Combatting Racism & Intersectional Stigma
The global response to the monkeypox outbreak bears a striking resemblance to the early HIV/AIDS response; we have seen the use of harmful and stigmatizing language, widespread circulation of images of African bodies with rashes, and the conflation of sexuality and monkeypox infection. On August 18th, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a panel of global experts who considered how intersectional stigma and racism have shaped priorities and undermined strategy in the global response to the monkeypox outbreak. Panelists drew on the successes and failures of prior pandemic responses to discuss how bias limits the efficacy of public health strategy and how equitable, evidenced-based approaches can protect the health of all.
Protecting Health Care in Conflict Areas: Lessons from Ukraine to Tigray
Violence against health workers, health facilities and patients has become a pervasive aspect of modern war. Conflict and unrest create a state of insecurity that makes maintaining a functional health system nearly impossible. On July 6th, experts weighed in on the growing calls to strengthen the right to health in conflict. They tackled pressing questions around how to ensure access to health care during times of instability, and how to improve global governance systems to support the penalization of crimes against health care. This webinar was hosted by the Harvard Global Health Institute, in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the MGH Center for Global Health, and the Security and Global Health Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Dr. Ivers Joins #GEM22, Discusses Heath Equity
In April 2022, HGHI Faculty Director Dr. Louise Ivers joined the Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) for a session focused on health systems strengthening and health equity. #GEM22 is the annual flagship event offered by the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University and, this year, hosted jointly with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Watch the full recording of the event below!
2021 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S.
The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration that monitors and reports annually on the relationship between health and climate, and its implications for national governments. The global report is a product of more than 100 experts from 40 global institutions. The companion U.S. Brief is supported by over 70 U.S. institutions, organizations, and centers. HGHI affiliate faculty member Dr. Renee Salas has served as the lead author of the annual Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018. The 2021 U.S. Brief highlights the converging health crises of extreme heat, droughts, wildfires, exposes the inequitable health risks of climate change, and highlights opportunities to improve health through swift action.