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Felicia M. Knaul
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Felicia M. Knaul is associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, where she serves as Secretariat Co-Chair of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, an initiative she helped to found in 2009 and for which she is lead author on the report and book entitled Closing the Cancer Divide. She is a senior economist at the Mexican Health Foundation where she leads a research group on health financing and health system reform in Latin America and the Caribbean region. She is a board member of numerous organizations including the Union for International Cancer Control. Dr. Knaul has held senior government posts in Mexico and Colombia and has worked for bilateral and multilateral agencies including WHO, the World Bank and UNICEF. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Dr. Knaul founded the Mexican non-profit Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho which promotes research and advocacy initiatives in Latin America. She published a book on her personal experience - available in Spanish and English as Beauty without the Breast - and lectures extensively on breast cancer in the developing world as both patient-advocate and health systems researcher. She has more than 130 academic and policy publications spanning topics including cancer care and control in developing countries, financial protection in health, health system reform, women and health, and children in poverty. Most recently she lead-authored an overview of the Mexican Health Reform published in The Lancet. Dr. Knaul is Canadian, and resides in Boston and Mexico City. She and her husband, Dr. Julio Frenk, have two children, Hannah and Mariana Havivah. Starting in 2013, she is writing a regular, monthly blog at the Huffington Post about the challenges of inequity in global health and about innovative approaches to improving quality and access to health care for poor countries and populations.

Entries by Felicia M. Knaul

Closing the Global Pain Divide

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:29 PM

I have seen, heard, and read about many atrocities that stem from lack of access to health care in low- and middle-income countries. Out of all of them, I think the issue that has most upset me is the lack of access to pain control that plagues so many poor...

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What Is Maternal Health?

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:13 AM

March 8th is observed around the world as International Women's Day -- an opportunity to reflect on many aspects of the well-being of the world´s women including health.

It is also an opportunity to break out of the silos and through the barriers that practitioners and advocates alike have...

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Closing the Cancer Divide: The Opportunity of Lifetimes

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:30 PM

For the poor, cancer remains a silent killer. Breaking this silence could save hundreds of thousands and likely even millions of lives each year -- most of them in developing, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Though I am not a fan of the military metaphor, would this not truly...

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Closing the NCD Divide: A Matter of Equity and Social Justice

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 11:44 AM

The right to health of the majority of the world's inhabitants is severely hampered due to vast inequalities in access to care and many of the social rights that determine their health. These inequalities are not just a matter of health, but issues of social justice and human...

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Including Non-Communicable Diseases in the Rio+20 Dialogue on Sustainable Futures

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Co-written with Felicia Marie Knaul

The upcoming Rio+20 Conference ( June 20-22, 2012) is a pivotal moment for leaders across the world to come together to find solutions to many of the issues that plague the planet. The conference will focus on important issues core to sustainability, including decent jobs,...

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Closing the Global Cancer Divide: Together It Is Possible

(24) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 9:00 AM

By Felicia M. Knaul, MA, PhD and Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH

On this World Cancer Day, we celebrate the remarkable progress in prevention, detection, care and treatment of cancer. Overall, treatment success has increased dramatically, with survival rates in high income countries like the U.S. now reaching over 90...

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