What We’re Reading

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A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, “Dignity Denied: Violations of the Rights of HIV-Positive Women in Chilean Health Facilities,” tells the stories of 27 women who have suffered from cruel treatment in Chilean health facilities. Among other things, the report looks at forced sterilization and denial of care.

The New York Times profiled USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah last Saturday. The piece looks at his experience, his achievements thus far in the position, and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Daily Nation published an op-ed from Jorge Bermudez and Philipe Douste-Blazy of UNITAID, and Anthony Lake of UNICEF this week. They argue that focusing on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV will lead to an “AIDS-Free Generation.”

Zimbabwe is in the midst of a critical shortage of laboratory technicians, according to The Zimbabwean. Sheetal Patel – a public health specialist at the Disease Control and Prevention Center – told the newspaper that there are only 166 laboratory scientists serving the entire country.  For all 124 Ministry of Health laboratories to be fully staffed, there should be four technicians in each facility – or 496 total.

A new study in the Official journal of the International AIDS Society looks at the effect of mass rape on HIV in conflict areas. The Change.org post on the report is here.

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