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Voices in the Field

Voices in the Field: Robert Simons

Date:04 June 2020
Robert Simons has gained extensive knowledge as a practitioner working with human rights. Simons was previously the Nurse Director of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has international healthcare experience in Sudan, Pakistan and Vietnam.

The Danger of Health Sector Corruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic: the case of Indonesia

Date:26 May 2020
Ratna Juwita - Anti-corruption is an important aspect that has to be prioritized during the public health emergency. During the public health emergency, one of the most important activities in dealing with pandemics is to provide quality medical equipment, medicine, and health services in a sufficient number through the procurement process
Global Responses to COVID-19: Rights, Democracy, and the Law - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

COVID-19, the Netherlands, and Human Rights: A Balancing Act

Date:26 May 2020
Brigit Toebes - The Netherlands, a country with 17 million inhabitants, had its first COVID-19 hospitalizations in the beginning of March 2020. On March 16th, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a range of measures aimed at “maximum control,” but not “maximum containment” of the virus: in other words, social distancing measures, but no full lockdown.

Nigeria’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Legal Perspective

Date:13 May 2020
Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe - The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a global crisis with short and long-term implications for health, the economy and social relations, especially in resource-constrained countries such as Nigeria. In Africa’s second most populous country with about 200 million the possibility of a public health disaster has implications not only for its citizens but for the West Africa region.
Voices in the Field

Voices in the Field: Eva Zhang

Date:11 May 2020
In celebration of her PhD defence, Voices in the Field interviewed Eva Zhang about her experience as a researcher specialising in the right to health in China.
Mapping out COVID-19 Emergency Relief Measures -

Protecting Households’ Access to Essential Services in Times of COVID-19

Date:05 May 2020
Marlies Hesselman - Nearly two months ago, two Chairs of US House Committees observed that ‘[a]ccess to clean water is a basic human right at all times’

De Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie: het beste wat we hebben

Date:23 April 2020
Brigit Toebes - Landen werken al anderhalve eeuw samen als het gaat om de bestrijding van infectieziekten. Sinds de 19e eeuw bestaan hiertoe internationale ‘sanitaire’ regelingen. De uitbraak van het coronavirus (COVID-19) wordt gereguleerd door de recente Internationale Gezondheidsregeling, die sinds 2007 bindend is voor alle landen ter wereld.5 Deze Regeling is aangenomen in het kader van de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO i), het gespecialiseerde orgaan van de Verenigde Naties dat toeziet op de bescherming van de mondiale gezondheid.

Covid-19, Privatisation of Health Care and the AAAQ Framework

Date:27 March 2020
Gema Ocaña - Media across the globe have warned of the incapacity of health care systems to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] The privatisation of health care systems and the cuts in public health budgets, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, are widely cited as the main reasons for such incapacity. This short piece asks: How the privatisation and underbudgeting of health care systems can affect our ability to respond to the pandemic caused by coronavirus? Does international human rights law have a role to play in this context?

Public Health and the European Court of Human Rights: Using Strasbourg's Arsenal in the COVID-19 Era

Date:27 March 2020
Aikaterini Tsampi - The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the case-law of the ECtHR will inevitably be largely used to provide for human rights law arguments for the screening of the COVID-19 related response. The scholarly analysis issued so far already builds on ECHR law (see, indicatively, Coghlan, Spadaro). Given the versatile impact of the COVID-19 related measures on a considerable number of human rights, numerous ECtHR cases can be used as guidance for the assessment of the current situation.

Refugees and the global response to Covid-19

Date:26 March 2020
Nadine Voelkner - According to UNHCR figures (25.03.2020), there are currently a staggering 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Among them, 25.9 million, half of whom are under the age of 18, have crossed international borders and are, therefore, designated as refugees. The 1951 Refugee Convention theoretically safeguards the right to health for refugees, which includes access to public health services and essential medicine equivalent to the level of citizens of host countries.