Peru’s “right to life” for the zygote and ban on emergency contraception

This guest post was written by Maria Alejandra Cardenas. Her bio and link to her American Comparative Law Review article on this topic is found at the end of the article Over the past eight years, the Constitutional Courts of Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, and Peru have issued decisions banning or highly restricting access to emergency contraceptive drugs. These decisions have all followed a similar pattern in their arguments as well…

The meaning of human rights for women working in the Rwandan health sector

Monday, March 8 marked the celebration of International Women’s Day, a global tribute to the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In this guest post, Dr. Agnès Binagwaho, Permanent Secretary of Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, reflects on the human rights of women in Rwanda. Sixteen years ago, during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, perpetrated by Hutu extremists against Tutsis and the Hutu moderates, where one million…

Keeping Haiti on the radar

[Editor’s Note: This OpenForum op-ed was written by Abigail Hook, a Harvard College undergraduate currently volunteering with the FXB Center] The wealth of global response to Haiti’s January earthquake suggests a tremendous sense of global responsibility for a country whose current death toll is over 200,000. Now that Haiti is on the world’s central radar, how might those involved in rebuilding ensure that Haiti become a lasting center of global…

Developing a health system: The case of Nyaya Health in rural Nepal

[Editor’s Note: This two-part entry features a narrative and photo essay by Dan Schwarz. The entire photo series and Dan’s bio may be found below.] Founded on an unwillingness to accept the grave inequities and double standards that are tolerated every day within the world, Nyaya Health, a small NGO in rural Nepal, operates with a mission of health equity and social justice. Nyaya — which means “justice” in Nepali…

Student’s view: A lesson of malnutrition in Nicaragua

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by Meredith Baker. Her bio may be found at the end of the article.] This past winter break, I had the opportunity as part of my undergraduate program to travel to Nicaragua and participate in community development work. While I have witnessed considerable poverty before, the community of Nuevo Amanecer, Nicaragua, brought me to a new understanding of what abject poverty can…

Liberian urban gardens: A new attempt to boost food security

Liberia, a country whose identity is bound tightly to a history of unrest and violence, is attempting a new project in Montserrado County (the region that includes the capital city of Monrovia) in an attempt to confront the increasing problem of food insecurity. In an area where only 1% of residents grow their own food, the project’s promotion of “market gardens” has already made a difference for thousands. Headed by…

Dr. Evan Lyon, HHR Executive Editor, to host webcast this evening [February 16]

This evening [February 16] at 8:00 pm EST, Dr. Evan Lyon, Executive Editor of Health and Human Rights and member of the OpenForum blog team, will host a webcast to discuss his recent work in Port-au-Prince post-earthquake. Click here shortly before 8:00 pm to participate. More information on the webcast from Stand With Haiti, the Partners In Health blog covering their work in Haiti, including earthquake relief efforts: Join PIH…

Dr. Paul Farmer Interviewed for PBS Newshour

Dr. Paul Farmer, PIH co-founder and the United Nations’ deputy special envoy to Haiti, shares his perspective on the Haitian earthquake disaster with PBS Newshour’s Ray Suarez during a televised interview. He discusses the challenges facing aid workers and the immediate and long-term needs of the Haitian community. Please watch the video or visit the PIH website here.

Democracy Now! interviews Dr. Lyon in Haiti

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! reported on the situation in Haiti yesterday. She spoke extensively with Dr. Evan Lyon at the general hospital campus in Port-au-Prince about the lack of supplies and the misconceptions about security in Haiti. A transcript of this segment can be found here. Dr. Lyon was also interviewed yesterday on Here and Now.