Monthly Archives: August 2013

Can investment and technology end AIDS without attention to human rights? We’re reading about prevention — products and policy

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HIV Preventives: This UNITAID report looks at the availability, acceptability and affordability for products targeting HIV transmission and acquisition, including female condoms, male circumcision devices (although only one, the PrePex, has received a go-ahead from the World Health Organization, this category is bigger than you might think –in addition to the “Shang Ring” from China, […]

Brief: Flat funding of biomedical research costs lives, slows progress, hurts economy, and diminishes America’s leadership

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A decade-long trend of diminished investment in medical research, exacerbated by budget-standoff driven “sequester” cuts are showing immediate and long term impacts: in stymieing promising studies, and in thwarting the development of the next generation of scientists, according to a brief from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and TAG, Treatment Action Group. The brief […]

At urban crossroads, research, care and community meet

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA —Here at the Warwick Avenue Triangle every form of land transportation into the city converges — trains, buses, trucks, taxis — bringing three million people a day through this intersection. This makes it a convenient spot for a TB clinic which is one of the services offered here at the Centre for […]

Facing transition to “country ownership” civil society representatives highlight populations’ diverse needs, common goals

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — What do  sex workers, traditional healers, and gay rights advocates have in common? In a place frequently referred to as “the epicenter of the epicenter” of the global AIDS epidemic, they share concerns, with the general population that they are part of, that gaps in access to health care, and  HIV […]

Short staffed Durban clinic raises question: What is the cost of waiting?

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA— No one knows the cost of waiting better than the people of South Africa where government denial that HIV causes AIDS set back an appropriate response, including provision of life-saving medicine, by a decade at a cost of at least a third of a million lives. On the outskirts of Durban, in […]

“You need courage to work with these children”

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA— “Isibindi is a Zulu word that means courage, because you can’t work with these children without courage.” The woman who told us that was one of more than a dozen Isibindi staffers playing with children yesterday in a Safe Park outside this city that local HIV responders call “the epicenter of the […]

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Progress challenged by power failures, survivors spread word of life-saving test

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This Care Card issued to patients at the Ngombe integrated clinic run by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia serves as their medical files, containing all necessary information on tests and medicines they require. On this day, however, staff has to work quickly to download card contents; the electricity has been out again, and only two hours of power from the generator remains.

Kasisi Children’s Home: “Because of you we can help the children”

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LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — The sunny and spacious grounds of Kasisi Children’s Home are filled with playground laughter, the aroma of Sunday lunch cooking, brightly painted rooms, walls decorated with artwork from small hands. About an hour outside of Zambia’s capital city, in the middle of a gold and green landscape, this is a happy and […]

Heading to Africa . . . we’ll send postcards and bring back stories

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Center for Global Health Policy staff will leave for a week in Zambia and South Africa tomorrow. Hosting four congressional staffers, we’re heading to two places hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis: Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Durban. Each country has important stories to tell about the impact of these health crises and the […]

Wrong numbers: We’re reading about what happens when people don’t count

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In 2009 the Zambian government released a midpoint review of its national AIDS strategy and noted a problem that had become clear in the three years since the strategy had been launched: ” . . Some risk behaviour groups (i.e. multiple concurrent sexual partners, discordant couples, uncircumcised men, and MSM) were missed out,” reviewers wrote, […]