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Training in Malaysia connects health and human rights (11/5/2018) - In Malaysia, a course taught in conjunction with United Nations University in August 2018 drew 40 participants from research, policy, public health, law, NGOs and other domains to learn about the effectiveness, limits and possibilities of human rights interventions in advancing the highest attainable standard of health.
2018 International AIDS Conference Roundup (7/27/2018) - The 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam focused on breaking barriers and building bridges in the HIV response, and highlighted the importance of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations.
L.A.’s diversity shapes Sofia Gruskin’s approach to global health research L.A.’s diversity shapes Sofia Gruskin’s approach to global health research (6/25/2018) - The USC Institute for Global Health nears its 10th anniversary with a new director and a new vision focused on equality A Southern California native, Sofia Gruskin has always felt at home in Los Angeles. The city drew her back in 2011, after 18 years at Harvard University, to launch a health and human rights…
Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA Sofia Gruskin named director of USC Institute for Global Health (3/20/2018) - Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, has been appointed director of the USC Institute for Global Health, Keck School of Medicine Interim Dean Laura Mosqueda, MD, announced in a memo to faculty and staff on March 19.
Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health in Vietnam (12/18/2017) - At the biennial Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Vietnam Nov. 27-30, Sofia Gruskin presented to more than 1,000 attendees at a plenary session on strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Patient education session, Uganda. USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services (11/10/2017) - New methodology strengthens public health monitoring using human rights
United Nations group honors USC human rights leader (11/8/2017) - Days after President Donald Trump first addressed the United Nations since taking office, UN supporters gathered to celebrate the organization—and to honor leaders including USC Professor of Preventive Medicine and Law Sofia Gruskin—at the 10th Annual West Coast Global Forum in Los Angeles Sept. 25.
Baseline findings presented in Ghana (9/28/2017) - Laura Ferguson, associate director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, returned to Ghana in September to discuss and present draft findings of the baseline assessment on human rights barriers to accessing HIV services.
The report from the High Level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents is handed over to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the 70th World Health Assembly May 22. Photo Courtesy WHO. Work progresses in women, children and adolescents project (9/28/2017) - Experts met in New York this month following the launch of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents report at the 70th World Health Assembly and Human Rights Council in June.
Trump’s policies could ravage global health progress, experts say (9/27/2017) - USC event series examines potential health consequences of the current U.S. administration
Tuberculosis Botswana Field work commences for Global Fund project in Ghana, Indonesia (8/2/2017) - In July, Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) leadership traveled to two focus countries for the Global Fund Program to Reduce Human Rights Barriers to HIV, TB, and Malaria Services Baseline Evaluation project, which the program is working on in partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI). 
Findings presented at World Bank  (6/16/2017) - Laura Ferguson traveled to Washington D.C., in May to present initial research findings on reproductive and maternal health and human rights to the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, the Nordic Trust Fund and the Global Financing Facility.
NCD Short Course New Short Course: Human rights & NCDs (6/6/2017) - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights has launched a free, open-access short course on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and human rights. 
Is populism bad for women’s rights? (6/5/2017) - Experts reflected and speculated about women’s rights and reproductive justice under the rule of populist leaders at a University of Geneva event May 17.
Tuberculosis Botswana New project aims to reduce human rights barriers to health services (6/5/2017) - Sponsored by the Global Fund, the Program on Global Health & Human Rights has launched a new project with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to help reduce human rights barriers for health services.
The report from the High Level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents is handed over to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the 70th World Health Assembly May 22. Photo Courtesy WHO. Stand up for human rights to – and through – health, experts urge government (5/23/2017) - A transformative report published May 22 by a United Nations-backed group will set the health and human rights agenda for women, children and adolescents over the next decade.
Improving the knowledge base for #ZeroDiscrimination in health care New tool maps knowledge base to end HIV-related stigma in health care (4/7/2017) - A new tool produced by the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, in collaboration with UNAIDS, maps out resources to address HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care. The web-based repository and tool-finder launched April 7 and is available free to the public at http://www.zeroHIVdiscrimination.com.
World AIDS Day WORLD AIDS DAY: Moving beyond despair to concerted HIV activism (12/1/2016) - In this World AIDS Day post for the journal Reproductive Health, Professor Laura Ferguson calls for doubled-down HIV advocacy as global politics shift further into uncertainty.
Botswana Key Informant Interviews Africa regional HIV work continues in Botswana for key informant interviews (11/12/2016) - In October Program on Global Health & Human Rights Professor Laura Ferguson and Project Administrator Alexandra Nicholson traveled to Gaborone, Botswana, to conduct key informant interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including government representatives, parliamentarians, representatives from key population groups and more as part of an ongoing project with the United Nations Development Programme.
Photo by Health Systems Global. Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (11/2/2016) - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR)  led two presentations at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research Nov. 14-18 in Vancouver, Canada.
aw School Hosts Discussion about Transgender Health Law School Hosts Discussion about Transgender Health (10/28/2016) - Students, faculty and staff discussed the intersection of the law and global health for transgender populations at “Maximizing Sexual Health & Rights of Transgender Populations: The Changing Role of the International Classification of Diseases” Oct. 10.   The Daily Trojan covered the event. Read the story »
Laura Ferguson presents findings at African Regional HIV Grant meeting in South Africa. Africa Regional HIV Grant Evaluation Update: Interviews in Cote D’Ivoire, findings presented in South Africa (10/5/2016) - This month, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Professor Sofia Gruskin and Adjunct Professor of Research Dr. Daniel Tarantola flew to Cote D’Ivoire to conduct key informant interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including government representatives, parliamentarians, representatives from key population groups and more as part of the ongoing project with the United Nations…
Sofia Gruskin at UNSW. Photo courtesy Tim Wong / Twitter Professor Gruskin Named Senior Visiting Fellow with University of New South Wales (10/5/2016) - This month Professor Sofia Gruskin was named Senior Visiting Fellow by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Ferguson travels to Zimbabwe on behalf of the World Bank (10/5/2016) - This month Dr. Laura Ferguson traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe, to attend the World Bank and Health Results Innovation Fund’s “Annual Results and Impact Evaluation Workshop for Results-Based Financing” Workshop.
UN Photo/Martine Perret. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Leaders appointed to champion health, human rights of the vulnerable (10/3/2016) - For the first time, the world’s governing bodies have tasked a group of experts to expand the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents everywhere.
Program on Global Health & Human Rights to evaluate $10.5 million Africa Regional HIV Grant (10/3/2016) - The Program on Global Health and Human Rights (GHHR) is proud to announce an exciting new project to conduct the baseline and endline evaluations for the Global Fund’s $10.5 million Africa Regional HIV Grant.
Sofia Gruskin Presents at AIDS2016 Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at AIDS 2016 (8/10/2016) - In late July Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, presented at the 2016 International AIDS Conference bridging session “Removing Human Rights Barriers to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment: Using Data to Drive Action Globally” in Durban, South Africa.
AIDS 2016 Poster Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents project poster at AIDS 2016 (8/10/2016) - At the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) Director Sofia Gruskin presented an abstract at the “legal protection of people living with HIV and key populations” track.
SexPolitics: Mapping Key Trends and Tensions in the Early 21st Century” Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at Sexuality Policy Watch (8/10/2016) - Sexuality Policy Watch hosted a seminar/workshop, “SexPolitics: Mapping Key Trends and Tensions in the Early 21st Century,” in Durban, South Africa, July 13-15. The USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) joined 35 researchers and activists from across the globe to share perspectives on the transformation of the sexuality politics landscape since 2002, the year…
Law and Global Health Working Group Law and Global Health Working Group receives USC Collaboration Fund award (8/10/2016) - The USC Law and Global Health Working Group, chaired by Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, has been announced as a recipient of the USC Research Collaboration Fund.
Laura Ferguson, Ph.D., MSc, M.A. Experts discuss Global Fund objectives (5/11/2016) - Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to Geneva, Switzerland,  April 14-15 to participate in the meeting “Scaling up programs to reduce human rights barriers to HIV, TB and malaria services and increasing the evidence of their health impact” jointly organized by the Global Fund, UNAIDS and the Open Society Foundations.
Midline evaluation prepped in The Gambia (5/5/2016) - In April Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to The Gambia to commence preparations for midline evaluation data collection for the World Bank project focused on maternal and child nutrition and health. She attended meetings with a range of stakeholders in preparation for the quantitative and qualitative midline data collection that will take place this summer. Midline data will…
Boston University symposium tackles health rights of prisoners, the public Boston University symposium tackles health rights of prisoners, the public (4/16/2016) - Boston University’s (Public) Health and Human Rights symposium April 6 invited scholars and policymakers from across the country to discuss a human rights strategy for public health advocacy, building on the alliance between the fields to promote a population-based rights to health and protection from abusive practices.
Access and delivery partnership Professor Ferguson Travels to Seattle for UNDP ADP Interviews (4/10/2016) - This month Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to Seattle to conduct another round of interviews as part of the mid-term evaluation being conducted by the Program on Global Health and Human Rights of the “Access and Delivery Partnership” (ADP) project. The project seeks to build capacity in low and middle-income countries to access and deliver new…
Strengthening Health and Legal Rights in Iran Strengthening Health and Legal Rights in Iran (3/18/2016) - This month Professor Sofia Gruskin concluded her work supporting the University of Albany on a project using health and legal principles to introduce internationally recognized legal rights as relevant to health in Iran.
Tanzania flag Access and Delivery Partnership project evaluation commences in Tanzania (3/18/2016) - Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to Tanzania this month to conduct interviews as part of the mid-term evaluation being conducted by the Program on Global Health & Human Rights of the Access and Delivery Partnership project, a five-year collaborative project between the United Nations Development Programme, PATH and the Special Programme for Research and Training in…
USC Partners with Vietnamese Political Academy USC Partners with Vietnamese Political Academy (3/18/2016) - A delegation of officials from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, the primary institution for training the country’s civil service elite, signed a partnership agreement with three USC schools March 2 to facilitate research, student exchanges and faculty collaboration.
Professor Laura Ferguson joins Reproductive Health Matters as Associate Editor (2/10/2016) - Based on her diverse expertise related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, Professor Laura Ferguson has been appointed as an associate editor of Reproductive Health Matters.
Sexuality, Health & Human Rights Event Videos Now Available (2/10/2016) - A wealth of insights and valuable discussions from the two-day event, “Sexuality, Health and Human Rights: Fulfilling the Promise of Health and Human Rights for All” in October is now available to experience online.
Sound and Fury—Engaging with the Politics and the Law of Sexual Rights Applying Human Rights to Sexuality and Sexual Health (1/26/2016) - The November issue of Reproductive Health Matters featured “Sexual Rights as Human Rights: A Guide to Authoritative Sources and Principles for Applying Human Rights to Sexuality and Sexual Health,” written by Professor Sofia Gruskin and co-authors.
Supreme Court Amicus Brief: Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole Supreme Court Amicus Brief: Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole (1/24/2016) - Professor Sofia Gruskin joined with researchers from across the country in supporting the Supreme Court Amicus Brief: Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Kirk Cole, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services et. Al: Brief for Social Science Researchers as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners. The brief argues against the Texas House…
Literature review examines rights and sexual, reproductive health of women living with HIV Literature review examines rights and sexual, reproductive health of women living with HIV (1/23/2016) - Professors Sofia Gruskin and Shubha Kumar published “Human Rights and the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women Living with HIV- A Literature Review,” in the Journal of the International AIDS Society this month.
Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting (1/19/2016) - The World Health Organization hosted the “Strengthening Family Planning’s Normative Standards for Human Rights Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability” meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this December.
Maternal, child health findings disseminated in The Gambia (1/18/2016) - Professor Laura Ferguson disseminated baseline evaluation findings for her ongoing project with the World Bank in December.
Sexual health, rights & law meeting at WHO reflects on gaps, opportunities Sexual health, rights & law meeting at WHO reflects on gaps, opportunities (1/15/2016) - In the World Health Organization’s “Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law” meeting this December Professor Sofia Gruskin presented her reflections on the gaps and opportunities in international and regional standards related to sexual health and human rights.
VIDEO: Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights: Fulfilling the Promise of Health & Human Rights for All (1/15/2016) - In November the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, in partnership with Occidental College, hosted the two-day panelist discussion, “Sexuality, Health and Human Rights: Fulfilling the Promise of Health and Human Rights for All,” as part of the USC Global Health Lecture Series.
The Gambia – Impact Evaluation Baseline Report: Health System (12/31/2015) - by Laura Ferguson, Rifat Hasan and Chantelle Boudreaux, published by The World Bank.
The Gambia – Impact Evaluation Baseline Report: Child Health and Nutrition (12/31/2015) - by Laura Ferguson, Rifat Hasan and Sneha Paranandi, published by The World Bank.
The Gambia – Impact Evaluation Baseline Report: Fertility and Family Planning (12/31/2015) - by Laura Ferguson, Rifat Hasan, and Alexandra Nicholson, published by The World Bank.
The Gambia – Impact Evaluation Baseline Report: Maternal Health and Nutrition (12/31/2015) - by Laura Ferguson, Rifat Hasan and Hannah Thomas, published by The World Bank.
Reproductive Health Matters: Sexuality, sexual politics and sexual rights (12/23/2015) - For a short time, articles from Reproductive Health Matters‘ issue on sexuality, sexual politics and sexual rights are available to download for free. USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights Director Sofia Gruskin co-authored several features on sexual rights. View the full text below: “Sound and Fury – engaging with the politics and the law…
Human Rights and Family Planning: Debates, Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities (11/18/2015) - This month the University of Washington, Seattle, hosted The Human Right to Family Planning Conference to address the rights and health concerns of the 222 million women and girls in low- and middle-income countries who do not have access to family planning services. The three-day event held in collaboration with students, academics, practitioners, researchers, NGOs,…
Human rights project continues in Democratic Republic of the Congo (11/18/2015) - This month professors Laura Ferguson and Sofia Gruskin traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to conduct key informant interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGO representatives, parliamentarians, religious leaders and more as part of GHHR’s ongoing project with the United Nations Development Programme. This work builds on the mid-term evaluation of…
PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board Convenes in D.C. (11/18/2015) - In mid-November Professor Sofia Gruskin participated in the first meeting of the reconstituted PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board. The committee was established under the general authority of the Secretary of State and the Department of State to help advise scientific, implementation and policy issues relating to PEPFAR’s work in relation to the global HIV response. Professor…
Trailblazing Minds Convene to Discuss Sexuality, Health & Human Rights (11/18/2015) - This month the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, in partnership with Occidental College, hosted a two-day event, “Sexuality, Health and Human Rights: Fulfilling the Promise of Health and Human Rights for All.” It commenced at Occidental College Nov. 1 and culminated Nov. 2 at USC, where it was introduced by City of…
Sexual rights as human rights: a guide to authoritative sources and principles for applying human rights to sexuality and sexual health (11/1/2015) - By Alice M. Miller, Eszter Kismödi, Jane Cottingham and Sofia Gruskin, published in Reproductive Health Matters.
Sound and Fury—Engaging with the Politics and the Law of Sexual Rights Sound and Fury—engaging with the politics and the law of sexual rights (11/1/2015) - By Alice M. Miller, Sofia Gruskin, Jane Cottingham and Eszter Kismödi, published in Reproductive Health Matters.
Men’s violence against women and men are inter-related: Recommendations for simultaneous intervention (10/16/2015) - By Paul J. Fleming, Sofia Gruskin, Florencia Rojo and Shari L. Dworkin, published by Social Science & Medicine.
Operationalizing Human Rights in Efforts to Improve Health (10/2/2015) - Professors Laura Ferguson’s and Sofia’s Gruskin’s publication came out this October in the 34th volume of the Knowledge Summary on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. “Operationalizing human rights in efforts to improve health” focuses on the present challenge of globally high death rates due to inequities and social conditions. The publication highlights the ways that integrating…
WHO meets on equity, human rights and gender (10/2/2015) - In October Professor Sofia Gruskin traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend a WHO meeting on equity, human rights, gender and social determinants of health. As part of WHO’s efforts to further its mandate of mainstreaming these issues, Professor Gruskin and external experts are working to develop an overarching integrated framework. With GHHR Legal Fellow Ian…
WHO experts convene to discuss contraception care guidelines (10/2/2015) - Professor Laura Ferguson joined World Health Organization experts this week for a meeting to discuss strengthening contraceptive programs through the development of a rights-based quality assessment tool. The objectives of the meeting are for the participants to provide input on the outline of a global quality assessment tool, as well as to identify the next steps…
Rights-based evaluation examines implications of Indonesia legal aid group (10/2/2015) - Professors Sofia Gruskin and Laura Ferguson traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, for a Program on Global Health & Human Rights project with Open Society Foundation and partner organization Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat, a legal aid institute in October. During their weeklong visit they worked with LBHM to begin examining the health implications of its work and…
Aging and Health—A Landmark WHO Report (10/2/2015) - On Sept. 30, the International Day of Older Persons, the World Health Organization released the 2015 World Report on Ageing and Health. The report compiles and summarizes the best available global evidence to examine how countries have responded to the health of elderly populations through policies and more. Professor Laura Ferguson was a lead contributor to the…
Daniel Tarantola joins GHHR as Adjunct Professor of Research (9/4/2015) - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights team at the Institute for Global Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Tarantola will be joining the Program as Adjunct Professor of Research. Dr. Tarantola brings with him a wealth of experience and a widely recognized body of work.
Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA Professor Gruskin lectures on the right to health at UC Berkeley (9/4/2015) - This month Professor Sofia Gruskin delivered the opening lecture for the graduate-level health and human rights course offered through UC Berkeley‘s schools of law and public health. The talk, “Health and Human Rights: Concepts, Methods, Challenges and Opportunities,” focused on the right to health, bringing ethics and rights together for health, what a rights-based approach…
United Nations New project uses human rights to strengthen family planning programs (9/4/2015) - This month the Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new project with the World Health Organization focused on the human rights aspects of monitoring, evaluation and accountability for family planning programs at the country, regional and global levels. In working to address the unmet need for family planning and contraception, GHHR will…
Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia Revisiting the Use of Condoms in Brazil (9/1/2015) - By Inês DouradoI, Sarah MacCarthy, Manasa Reddy, Gabriela Calazans and Sofia Gruskin, published in Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia.
International Aids Society 2015 Conference (8/20/2015) - In July the Program on Global Health & Human Rights presented a poster at the 2015 International Aids Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The poster, which focused on assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments in Sub-Saharan Africa, reflected the findings of the program’s mid-term evaluation of the Sida-supported project “Strengthening Regional and National…
Gender, Equity and Rights at the World Health Organization (8/20/2015) - This month the Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new project with the World Health Organization’s Gender, Health Equity and Human Rights team to assist with mainstreaming equity, human rights and gender within the WHO’s work. The program will focus on human rights, specifically, and examine the distinct qualities, synergies and overlaps…
Project continues towards improving The Gambia’s national health monitoring (8/20/2015) - Dr. Laura Ferguson visited The Gambia this month as part of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights’ ongoing Maternal and Child Nutritional and Health Results Project with the World Bank. She provided technical support to the national government for its monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition in the country. Working with a…
Eliminating HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Healthcare Settings (8/20/2015) - This month the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new partnership with UNAIDS to develop a toolkit intended for national, district and institutional health managers as well as care providers focused on elimination of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings. The program will assist in mapping existing good practices,…
Amnesty International votes in favor of decriminalizing sex work (8/20/2015) - Amnesty International voted Aug. 11 to support the health and human rights of sex workers by adopting a resolution that calls for all countries to decriminalize sex work. The policy—which drew high-profile criticism from a range of celebrities, organizations and governments—occurred during Amnesty’s International Council Meeting in Dublin. Professor Sofia Gruskin, along with experts experienced…
(Photo/Valeria Preisler) World Health Organization report focuses on ties between sexual health, human rights and law (7/27/2015) - In its first report to address sexual health, human rights and the law, the World Health Organization called on policymakers, health care providers, non-governmental organizations and others to remove barriers to information and services.
Professor Gruskin appointed to transgender health, human rights group (7/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin was appointed to the advisory board of Transforming Ourselves Through Organizing, and Services (TOD@S), a research partnership in the field of transgender health and human rights. The group is spearheading a project focused on anti-violence for transgender people in Lima, Peru, by endorsing and engaging grassroots transgender organizations in both the U.S.…
GHHR contributes to UN human rights discussion of the right to life (7/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin and GHHR legal fellow Ian Henry submitted a contribution to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) Secretariat in preparation for the July 14 Half-Day of General Discussion on the proposed General Comment on Article 6 (Right to Life) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The…
Lessons From Law & Health Programs in Kenya (7/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin and co-authors published methodology and findings from conducting a human rights based evaluation in this month’s New Directions for Evaluation. “Integrating Human Rights in Program Evaluation: Lessons From Law and Health Programs in Kenya” discusses the value of operationalizing human rights principles and strategies in context of legal integration programs using the…
Partnership with Vietnam to integrate human rights in population law (7/23/2015) - Through a longstanding relationship with Vietnam, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Director Sofia Gruskin began a new project in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She will advise Vietnam’s population law to ensure it covers key human rights issues in conformity with Vietnam’s ratified international treaties and national legal system. Through…
Indonesia project aims to increase access to justice, health, human rights (6/23/2015) - The USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights has begun a new project with the Open Society Foundations focused on strengthening the capacity of and increasing access to justice for people who use drugs, with a special focus on young populations in Indonesia. As part of this project GHHR will partner with and provide…
Human rights partnership continues with UNDP (6/23/2015) - The USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to continue to work together, building on their recently completed project entitled “Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan…
Dr. Ferguson assisting monitoring and evaluation in The Gambia (6/23/2015) - This month Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to The Gambia to continue her ongoing work with the World Bank focused on maternal and child nutrition and health. The primary purpose of this trip was to assist the monitoring and evaluation team within the National Nutrition Agency and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to strengthen…
Professor Gruskin lectures for Heidelberg University, Germany (6/23/2015) - This month Professor Sofia Gruskin lectured remotely for the Masters Program in International Health at Heidelberg University, Germany. Her session focused on the history, content and application of rights-based approaches in health policy and programming. Over the course of the two-hour session, students from all parts of the world were able to engage through Skype…
New report targets discrimination, violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity (6/23/2015) - This month the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a new report to the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The report presents a breadth of evidence on the continuing abuse, violence, harassment, and discrimination facing LGBT populations and intersex persons…
Notions of punishment and justice (5/23/2015) - A two-day USC conference in late April explored Austin Sarat’s Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty. “Execution, Spectacle, Law: A symposium on capital punishment with Austin Sarat” was organized by the USC Center for Law, History and Culture, the Program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, the Faculty Workshop of the Gould…
Changing Perspectives of Reproductive and Sexual Rights (5/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin delivered a talk entitled “Reproductive and Sexual Rights: Changing Perspectives from Cairo & Beijing (1990s) to Transgender Population & the International Classification of Diseases (2015),” at Occidental College, a lecture also delivered earlier this year at Harvard University. Using the upcoming revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) as an example,…
Professor Gruskin joins committee for 2016 rehabilitation symposium (5/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin has been invited by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) to join the Scientific Committee for IRCT’s 2016 Scientific Symposium focusing on delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation. The symposium will provide a unique opportunity for the global rehabilitation movement to come together to learn and exchange…
Professor Gruskin Joins WHO Family Planning Advisory Board (5/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, has been invited by the World Health Organization to join the Department of Reproductive Health and Research’s Advisory Group on Strengthening Family Planning. The group will focus on strengthening health systems’ capacities to monitor human rights dimensions in contraceptive programs in the…
Roundtable discussion on the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: why prioritise talk over aid in the midst of the Ebola crisis? (5/7/2015) - By Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Dina Balabanova, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Karen Daniels, Kopano Matlwa Mabaso, Martin McKee, Tolib Mirzoev, Adnan A. Hyder and Sofia Gruskin, published by BMC Health Services Research.
Assessing changes in HIV-related legal, policy environments in Sub-Saharan Africa (4/23/2015) - This month Dr. Laura Ferguson presented at the Southern California Law and Social Science Conference on Regulation, Law and Social Science sponsored by the Southern California Legal Empirical Studies (SCELS), USC Price School of Public Policy, USC Gould School of Law, and USC Dornsife’s Political Science Department. As part of the “Regulation and Impacts Beyond…
Reproductive and Sexual Rights: Changing Perspectives (4/23/2015) - This month professor Sofia Gruskin delivered a talk entitled “Reproductive and Sexual Rights: Changing Perspectives from Cairo & Beijing (1990s) to Transgender Population & the International Classification of Diseases (2015),” at Harvard University. The talk, organized by T.H. Chan’s Women, Gender and Health Seminar Series, focused on situating human rights law in global health work…
Professor Gruskin nominated to PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board (4/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin has been nominated to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPRAR) Scientific Advisory Board where, as a member of the board, she will provide ethical and technical advice and guidance to the United States Global AIDS Coordinator over the upcoming years on both scientific and programmatic issues of concern. To help…
Reproductive Justice and the Pace of Change: Socioeconomic Trends in US Infant Death Rates by Legal Status of Abortion, 1960-1980 (4/1/2015) - By Nancy Krieger, Sofia Gruskin, Nakul Singh, Mathew V. Kiang, Jarvis T. Chen, Pamela D. Waterman, Jillian Gottlieb, Jason Beckfield and Brent A. Coull, published in the American Journal of Public Health.
New Report: LGBT People and Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa (3/23/2015) - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights mid-term evaluation report for the UNDP project focused on LGBT people and women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa has been published by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. It summarizes the successes and challenges of the project and provides recommendations…
Masters Series: Understanding Constitutional Issues (3/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin was invited to the Pasadena Senior Center to deliver a talk entitled “The Human Right to Health: How Can Law and Rights Inform an Ethical Approach to Improving Health and Well Being?” focused on what a rights-based approach to health can offer and the different roles of different actors moving forward to…
Coming Out as an Advocate (3/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin delivered a talk this month at the first annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference, hosted at the USC Health Sciences Campus. Made up primarily of medical students from universities across southern California, the audience had significant interest in training on issues surrounding LGBT policy with a global focus. Professor Gruskin’s lecture focused…
Dr. Ferguson travels to Kenya to Disseminate Findings of Zumberge (3/23/2015) - Dr. Laura Ferguson recently returned from Kenya, where she was disseminating the findings of her Zumberge-funded research assessing the acceptability of a new policy on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) that was being pilot tested in two hospitals in Kenya. Based on interviews with PMTCT clients and health workers, the findings are…
Presentation of UNDP Evaluation Report in Zambia (3/23/2015) - This month Dr. Laura Ferguson traveled to Zambia to present GHHR’s mid-term evaluation report for the UNDP project focused on LGBT People and Women and Girls Affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report summarizes the successes and challenges of the project and provides recommendations for moving forward the work being implemented across…
Quarantine: Balancing Human Rights with Medical Best Interests (3/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin was an invited panelist for the Zygo Student Lunchtime Series talk hosted by USC Dornsife, the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. The panel, hosted on January 23rd, discussed the heavily criticized mandated quarantine policies happening in the context of Ebola, and the…
The current state of play of research on the social, political and legal dimensions of HIV (3/1/2015) - By Vera Paiva, Laura Ferguson, Peter Aggleton, Purnima Mane, Angela Kelly-Hanku, Le Minh Giang, Regina M. Barbosa, Carlos F. Caceres and Richard Parker, published in Cadernos de Saude Publica.
Sofia Gruskin to present keynote at Ireland health, human rights conference (2/23/2015) - Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health, will present a keynote at the Feb. 6 human rights event for Ireland President Michael D. Higgins’President’s Ethics Initiative. The event, “The Human Right to Health,” will be held at the National University of Ireland,…
Baseline Survey Report – The Gambia: Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project (2/16/2015) - by Laura Ferguson and Rifat Hasan, published by RBF Health.