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(Equal) Pay for (Equal) Work

We have a global health worker shortage of 4.5 million, and unsurprisingly, the shortage is most acute in low- and middle-income countries.  Sub-Saharan Africa has 11% of the world’s population, 24% of its disease burden and 3% of its health workers (PDF).  If you want a good visual of this, head back to Cynthia’s post […]

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Drawing the Line Between Health and Rights

As protests and civil unrest continue across North Africa and the Middle East, reports are emerging of Bahraini and Syrian security forces threatening, assaulting, and arresting protesters seeking medical treatment at hospitals.  According to The New York Times, health care workers in Bahrain have been arrested, for protesting but also for treating patients, and security […]

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Just Tweet It.

Since the the unrest and protests in Moldova and Iran in 2009, everyone’s been talking about a “Twitter Revolution.”  Breathless media reports have cited Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms as the great democratizers of the 21st Century.  After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, the Red Cross raised $24 million in five […]

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Towards a Holistic View of Health and Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948, is the foundational document of modern human rights. In Article 25, the UDHR lays out the right to health: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and […]

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About the Author

Julia Robinson
Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson has worked in South Africa at an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in Sierra Leone for an organization that provides surgeries, medical care, and support to women suffering from obstetric fistula. She is interested in human rights, global health, social justice, and innovative, unconventional solutions to global issues. Julia lives in San Francisco, where she works for a sustainability and corporate social responsibility non-profit. She has a BA in African History from Columbia University.


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