Global Health Forum

Global Health Forum

January 16, 2019

The Case for Government Regulation Over Indoor Air Pollution

by Kesiah Clement

Last spring I took a course titled, Environmental Law, Technology, and Justice which examined how environmental laws in the United States were originally created to protect public health. I learned that while the federal government does have measures in place to regulate outdoor air pollution, there is little government oversight on indoor air pollution. In fact, indoor air pollution has always often been ignored and is an invisible issue when it comes to promoting public health.

December 4, 2018

The High Level Impact of the World Health Organization

by Robert Treval

Students at Georgetown like to say that global bureaucratic institutions do not work well, that no one reads their reports, or that high-level meetings are ineffective. While there may be some truth in those statements, following the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks has made me think twice about these criticisms. The WHO recently published three documents that honor several promises made by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, for improving the organization and finding better health solutions. The documents include the World Malaria Report 2018, the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) WHO Impact Framework, and the Declaration of Astana. Together, they recognize the global trend towards country agency and a need for primary care, even in the context of infectious disease control.