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Come meet and listen to Rodney Ehrlich, GHJP Fellow and Gruber Fellow in Global Justice discuss

Mining, Health and Justice in South Africa

Monday April 8, 2013
Yale School of Public Health
47 College St, room 28
Noon – 1:30pm  

Mining holds a place of undiminished importance in the history and politics of South Africa. From the inception of gold mining in the late 19th century, mining lung disease has driven legislative, political and labour action, and posed an unsolved challenge to medical and dust control systems in the industry.  Despite more than a century of such activity, silicosis and tuberculosis (now fuelled by HIV as well) reached epidemic levels at the close of the 20th century. The presentation will cover the epidemiology of this co-epidemic, with an emphasis on tuberculosis, and its implications for the health system and the large population of miners and former miners throughout the subcontinent.  


Rodney Ehrlich holds joint appointments as Professor in the School of Public and Family Medicine and the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT), and is Director of Occupational Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital. His research interests include occupational and environmental disease; social epidemiology and worker compensation systems. He has held adjunct faculty appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and is currently Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.  He convenes the MPH programme at UCT, and is co-editor of a widely used South African textbook on Research Methods in Epidemiology.  He has been examining former miners for the past 25 years, which has directed his research into the epidemiology of silicosis and tuberculosis and the dysfunctionalities of the compensation system.  

Lunch provided  

Sponsored by The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund, and Yale Global Health Justice Partnership: a Program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health  

The Yale Global Health Justice Partnership proudly presents:


Yale Law School
40 Ashmun Street, room A005
April 5th, 2013
10am - 3pm

Agenda and Bio's here

This workshop will bring together leading academics and advocates to exchange ideas on optimal workers’ compensation policies.

The workshop is held in conjunction with a project of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership advising on policy options for reforming the compensation system for miners in South Africa. In light of recent social and legal developments in South Africa, there is growing domestic pressure for this reform. Part of the Yale project involves a comparative study of relevant practices from workers’ compensation systems for miners in several countries around the world.

Some of the policy questions we hope to explore in this workshop include:

  • What is the purpose of workers’ compensation?  
  • How can a workers’ compensation system be made financially sustainable? Is it preferable to have a uniform workers’ compensation system or should the mining sector be treated separately?
  • What should be the medical and legal standards for establishing a right to compensation?
  • How does a class action litigation approach interact with broader policy reform and advocacy efforts?
  • What are some innovative techniques for improving access to medical assessments and treatment for miners suffering from occupational lung diseases?
  • What contribution can a human rights approach make to practical operationalization of a workers’ compensation system?  

Registration is free but necessary, and access to the building is restricted to those who have RSVP-ed.

To register, please RSVP to zorka.milin@yale.edu

For additional information on the Global Health Justice Program, please visit http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/GHJP.htm.

 This program is sponsored by the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights and The Global Health Justice Partner at Yale Law School with the Yale School of Public Health

In Sickness and in Wealth: The Health Effects of Recession and Austerity

March 27, 2013
4:30pm - 6pm
Yale School of Public Health
60 College Street Room 101

Hosted by The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund, and the Global Health Justice Partnership: a program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health.

Sanjay Basu MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT before completing a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford before receiving his MD and PhD in  epidemiology at Yale. His research interests focus on global development and human health, and include the use of econometrics and simulation models to study how socioeconomic changes and social policy interventions affect primary disease risk among low-income populations. His current work includes studies on the health effects of economic shocks, global changes in chronic disease risk, and approaches to studying public health interventions using systems science methods.

Evaluating Human Rights: Assessing the Impact of 5 Years of Research and Advocacy on Detention of Drug Users in Asia

March 6, 2013
Yale Law School Room 128

Come meet Joe Amon, Director of the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch, hosted by The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund, and the Global Health Justice Partnership: a program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health.

BIO:   Joe Amon is the director of the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2005, Joe worked for more than 15 years conducting epidemiological research, designing programs, and evaluating interventions related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis and Guinea Worm disease. At Human Rights Watch he oversees work on access to essential medicines, HIV/TB, environmental health and disability rights. He is also a Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, an Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and in the Fall of 2012 was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo in Paris. Amon has a MSPH from Tulane University. His Ph.D., on the molecular epidemiology of malaria, is from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.



Understanding The Marikana Mining Massacre in South Africa: A Panel on the Omitted Narratives of Health and Justice

Nov 9, 2012
Yale Law School Room 129
Noon – 1:30pm

Join our panel as they seek to analyze developments pre and post the Marikana massacre in South Africa, with a focus on human rights and its role in addressing the wage and non-wage aspects of mine worker lives using a social justice lens. The panel will also discuss justice and health  aspects of compensation for regional mine workers who acquire fatal lung diseases while at, and because of, mine work.  The panel will provide an update about on-going work between SA academics and activists with the Yale Global Health and Justice Partnership and the joint project on mine workers’ rights in Southern Africa.


  • Fatima Hassan, Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellow at YLS and SA human rights lawyer and activist   
  • Gregg Gonsalves,  Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Global Health HIV and TB activist  

Moderated by:

  • Professor Ali Miller, Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Adjunct Associate Professor at YLS; Assistant Clinical Professor, YSPH and Lecturer, Jackson Institute

AIDS ACTIVISM: Perspectives from the U.S. and South Africa

Nov 9, 2012
Yale Law School Room 128
4pm – 5:30pm  

A Session on the history, lessons learned and challenges ahead for global AIDS activism and portions of the documentary “How to Survive a Plague”.  


  • Fatima Hassan, Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellow at YLS and SA human rights lawyer and activist
  • Gregg Gonsalves, Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Global Health HIV and TB activist

Hosted by: The Global Health Justice Partnership – a joint program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health, Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition (SGHAC) at Yale, and Yale Global Health Fellows Program 

The "War on Women"?
Women's Health and Women's Rights in the 2012 Presedential Election

Oct 24, 2012
Yale Law School Room 127
1pm - 2pm


  • Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-03), New Haven Congresswoman


In Conversation with:

  • Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
  • Dr. Nancy Stanwood, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine Sponsored by: American Constitution Society, ISP Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Global Health Justice Partnership

Dr. Ward Cates, President of Family Health International/Institute for Family Health

A Life Defending Women’s Reproductive Health

October 18, 2012
6pm – 7:30pm
Yale Law School Room 110

Ward Cates is a Yale College graduate and has both a medical and public health degree from the university. For over 30 years, Dr. Cates has worked on family planning and reproductive health services and was chief of the Centers for Disease Control's Abortion Surveillance Branch during the height of the struggles for a woman's right to choose, writing some of the key scientific articles that supported access to abortion services as a matter of public health urgency.  As director of the CDC's Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases he guided the agency's response to the then new epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Since then he has been a worldwide leader in reproductive health, STIs, HIV/AIDS research.  Come meet Dr. Cates for an informal discussion with students from all over the university.   

A Conversation with Zackie Achmat, long standing South African anti-apartheid, HIV/AIDS, social justice and LGBTI activist.

A Dangerous Man: Lessons in Activism and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Tuesday Oct 16 
4pm – 5:30pm 
Yale Law School Room 121

Zackie Achmat has a long history in the struggle for freedom; first against apartheid, then for gay rights, and then against HIV/AIDS. In the struggle for a new South Africa, he has also taken on a host of new issues, from education to refugee rights. Zackie gained worldwide fame for his AIDS activism in particular.

Time Magazine named him "person of the week" in 2001, in recognition of his leadership of the Treatment Action Campaign, a grassroots HIV activist organization leading the fight for AIDS medicines in South Africa. Time also called him "a dangerous man-- at least to those he sees as perpetrators of injustice," because of his exceptional effectiveness as an activist. Zackie led civil disobedience efforts to import generic medicines into South Africa, and famously refused, as a matter of conscience, to take the HIV medications he needed until his countrymen also had access to them. The Treatment Action Campaign also launched constitutional litigation that led to one of the most famous socioeconomic rights cases of our time. Come hear this world renowned activist and thinker reflect on his experiences, and what they might teach us today.