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Global Health News

This page highlights featured news from the Office of Global Health and from Dornsife centers, programs, and faculty conducting research in global public health.

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Featured Global Health News 

More Than 4,000 Attacks Against Health Workers, Facilities, and Transports Since 2016 Underscore Need for Action to Protect Health Care in Conflict

May 5, 2021 — A report from the Office of Global Health and 40+ other members of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition identifies 4,000+ incidents of violence against health care in the past five years and highlights the need for the UN Security Council and all nations to prevent attacks and hold those accountable.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Harm Reduction Services

April 14, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, in collaboration with experts from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Society, the International Network of People who Use Drugs and other civil society leaders and researchers, wrote a statement on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to HIV, hepatitis and harm reduction services that was read at the opening plenary of the 64th annual meeting of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Human Rights and Fair Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: The International Aids Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights

March 24, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, and other members of The Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights call for COVID-19 vaccine access for low and middle-income countries.

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Sounding the Alarm on a Global Public Health Challenge

March 24, 2021Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM, associate research professor at Dornsife's Urban Health Collaborative, participated in an expert panel focused on the public health burden of fatty liver disease in Latin America. The panel and subsequent white paper were organized by The Economist Intelligence Unit and the International Liver Foundation.

The Power of Geospatial Data In Developing Countries

February 9, 2021 — Dornsife 2019 Visiting Global Health Scholar Victoria Gammino, PhD, MPH, discusses her Mitre Corp's team efforts to develop a machine learning model to identify health facilities in Africa.

Life Expectancy and Causes of Death Differ Dramatically Across Cities in Latin America

January 25, 2021 — A recent investigation from the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) Project published in Nature Medicine showcases the differences in life expectancy and causes of death in Latin America and highlights the importance of identifying urban and health policies and interventions to promote health in the region and in the growing urban areas of the world.

Human Rights and Digital Health Technologies

December 8, 2020 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health and Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention co-authored this piece for the Health and Human Rights journal along with Kenechukwu Esom and Mandeep Dhaliwal. It outline key harms related to digital technologies for health, as well as ethical and human rights standards relevant to their use.

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Protecting Girls From Sexual Violence in Schools: Recognizing Their Rights to Education, Health and Autonomy

October 14, 2020 - Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention, hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) interview about protecting girls from sexual violence in schools.

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Professor Ezeh Receives Prestigious Macdonald Medal Award and Bixby International Leader Fellowship

September 22, 2020 - Alex Ezeh, PhD, professor of Global Health in the department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, received two honors that recognize his commitment to global health.

Webinar: Protecting Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 - The virtual event, moderated by Nina Sun, JD, assistant clinical professor and deputy director of Global Health at Dornsife, focused on the urgent need to protect populations and communities left behind during the pandemic.

Who Gets Care in a Pandemic? Assuring Human Rights Is Part of Preparedness

April 23, 2020 - Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, authored an op-ed about how doctors and nurses decide who receives care and what that means for health and human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protecting Girls From Sexual Violence in Schools: Recognizing Their Rights to Education, Health and Autonomy

October 14, 2020 - Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention, hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) interview about protecting girls from sexual violence in schools.

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Addressing the Needs of Adolescent Mothers and Children in the Fight Against HIV at the World Health Organization in Geneva

December 18, 2019 - Ali Groves, PhD, MHS, assistant professor of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), was selected to participate in an advocacy development session at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Groves was joined by her mentee, Sarah Bowler, MPH ’20, a Dornsife Fellow and student in the department of Health Management and Policy.

She spoke about her current projects, research goals and challenges. Read a Q&A with assistant professor Ali Groves.

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SALURBAL Team Members Participate in the 2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Palo Alto, California

September 7, 2019 - Claire Slesinski was one of the researchers representing the Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) project at an event organized by the Planetary Health Alliance. This annual meeting works toward “catalyzing efforts towards resolving the great planetary health crises of our time.”

She spoke about challenges, predictions, and advice as a global health professional. Read a Q & A with Claire Slesinski, SALURBAL project manager.

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New Grant to Assess Health of Mexican Immigrants to the United States

July 2, 2019 - Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, was awarded a 5-year, $3.1 million R01 grant, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in June 2019.

She shared some of her team’s achievements and important next steps in understanding and improving health care for migrants.

Read At the Border: Q&A with Ana Martinez-Donate on the Drexel News blog.

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