César Chelala

César Chelala

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant, co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award and two national journalism awards from Argentina.

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Medical personnel check people's temperature on the street as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 on April 5, 2020 on the outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen. Views
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe
The war in Yemen—the Arab world’s poorest country—has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over...
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A mob supporting then-President Donald Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. Views
Saturday, March 06, 2021
A Fragile Democracy
For several decades, the United States was considered by many as a beacon of democracy around the world. No longer. The events of January 6 have shown that what was once considered a model of the rule of law is instead a fragile democracy, vulnerable to unpredictable events. What happened that day...
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Tributes are seen to the deceased Diego Maradona outside the stadium prior to the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Naples, Italy Views
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Soccer’s God has Died
Death of a giant Maradona has died, and with him died one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Daniel, a manager at Ground Support, a legendary coffee house in Soho, Manhattan, expressed it well, “For us, soccer fans, it is as if for the Catholics the Pope would have died.” In my travels...
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It is known that interpersonal violence, particularly cases of domestic violence, increase in times of crisis with growing unemployment, rising numbers of sick people and scarcity of community resources. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Domestic Violence in the Times of the Pandemic
One of the most neglected consequences of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 is the increasing violence against women of all ages. UN Women has called it “the shadow pandemic,” and António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General has said, “Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for #...
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For President Donald Trump to withdraw support of the WHO at a critical time in the world's history, when a pandemic of enormous proportions is threatening the survival of millions of people, is unethical. Views
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Donald Trump's Misguided Attacks on WHO
As an international public health consultant, I have carried out several public health missions for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am aware of WHO's shortcomings, but also of its...
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When a viral infection evolves in a way that seems ominous from the beginning, the moral responsibility of all governments is to make this information widely known so that adequate measures of protection can be taken at the global level.  (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 01, 2020
Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Although far from over, the COVID-19 pandemic has already provided important lessons. From the public health point of view, perhaps the most important one is that the best service a government can give its citizens - and to the rest of the world- is to never ignore, dismiss, or hide the extent of...
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Sunday, April 12, 2020
The Promising Cuba/US Cooperation on Cancer
In 1991, I headed a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mission of Latin American physicians to evaluate a national Cuban project involving the use of interferon to treat inoperable lung cancer. At the time, there was a rumor that Fidel Castro had lung cancer was particularly interested in...
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
President Trump's Baseless Attacks on Wind Power
President Donald Trump always needs an enemy, and no enemy is too small for him. His latest? Wind power. In a speech to the conservative student group Turning Point USA, Trump told the students that he “never understood” the allure of wind power plants. By many accounts, President Trump doesn’t...
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 A Senate acquittal will be a triumph for Trump, and a disgrace for the United States, and for the world. Views
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Bitter Days for Donald Trump
Poor Donald Trump. They don't let you rest easy. When the political trial—and its consequences—looms ominously over his head, the powerful evangelistic magazine Christianity Today published an editorial in which it violently attacks the American president and asks for his removal from power. His...
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GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America
On March 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton took an unprecedented step. During a four-nation visit to Central America, he expressed regret for the role the United States had played in a brutal counter-terrorism campaign that had caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Guatemala’s civil war...
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