Ongoing global Covid-19 vaccine and therapeutic inequities threaten to prolong and exacerbate the pandemic for all countries. As advocates, academics, and policymakers alike call for the U.S. and other wealthy nations to share these lifesaving resources with the world, it is prudent to consider the lessons learned from the HIV pandemic that can be translatedREAD MORE
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Monkeypox in the Global Context: Combatting Racism and Intersectional StigmaAs of August 17th, more than 32,000 cases of the monkeypox virus have now been identified across nearly 90 countries. Vaccines and treatments are being rolled out by health agencies around the world, most of which are responding to the first significant monkeypox outbreak within their country. Early outbreak response 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 TigrayViolence 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. To weaken an adversary’s resilience and will to fight, hospitals, ambulances, and supply vehicles are commonly targeted by military forces, while health care personnel and patients are often assaulted, threatened, or stripped of access to care.
These tactics violate basic human rights and international humanitarian law. In Ukraine, Russian forces carried out more than 200 attacks on health care within the first 70 days of the war. In Tigray, more than 80% of the hospitals have been destroyed since the conflict began in November of 2020. Despite evidence of these inhumane methods of warfare, most are not documented or are met with impunity.
In this webinar, experts will weigh in on the growing calls to strengthen the right to health in conflict. They will tackle 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 is being 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.
Global Equity During Pandemics: Lessons from HIV and COVID for Designing a New ParadigmOngoing global Covid-19 vaccine and therapeutic inequities threaten to prolong and exacerbate the pandemic for all countries. As advocates, academics, and policymakers alike call for the U.S. and other wealthy nations to share these lifesaving resources with the world, it is prudent to consider the lessons learned from the HIV pandemic that can be translated into this current moment. PEPFAR and the experiences of HIV health workers offer a roadmap and over 20 years of learnings for implementing vaccine and therapeutic scale-up and delivery efforts in low resource settings. On January 20th, 2022, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research grand rounds event brought together members of the HIV research and advocacy communities to critically reflect upon applicable lessons for approaching Covid-19 healthcare delivery and identify necessary steps for a paradigm shift in how the world responds to global health crises. The grand rounds included a 1-hour panel discussion between leaders of the global HIV response and a 30-minute fireside conversation between Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. John Nkengasong. These conversations were oriented towards practical, timely steps that advocates, academics, and policymakers can take to advance equity in this and future global health crisis.
International Comparisons of High-Need Patient Care Trajectories webinar (Nov. 11th 2021)International Comparisons of High-Need Patient Care Trajectories
Jose F. Figueroa | Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, HSPH
Irene Papanicolas | Associate Professor of Health Economics, LSE
John E. McDonough | Professor of Public Health Practice, HSPH
Jennifer Dixon | Chief Executive, The Health Foundation
David Blumenthal | President, The Commonwealth Fund
Presented by the International Collaborative on Costs, Needs, and Outcomes in Care (ICCONIC) with support from @The Health Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the London School of Economics.