Monthly Archives: September 2014

While Rosemary Namubiru awaits appeal hearing, Uganda’s HIV response, healthworkers living in Uganda with HIV face questionable future

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Rosemary Namubiru, a 65-year-old nurse living with HIV in Uganda, had a date in court  last week for her appeal of a negligence conviction stemming from a workplace accident that happened when she was administering an injection to a sick child, according to the New Vision newspaper. Namubiru has been incarcerated since January, when she […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

Nothing about us without us: The evolving role of PEPFAR in community engagement

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group. This month, while working with PEPFAR programs in West Africa to raise awareness on issues such as gender and sexual diversity and their significance in HIV epidemic dynamics, I was reminded by civil society organization leaders of […]

Is Uganda ready for a World Bank health sector loan? Groups advise a close look

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In June, some four months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, two months after a U.S.-funded Military HIV Research Program clinic serving gay men in Kampala was shut down by police action, and in the midst of international sanctions and condemnation of the country’s approach to health and human […]

CDC Ebola model shows impacts of speed, scale, as well as of neglect to be great

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Lagging international response as it stood in August would lead to from half a million to more than a million Ebola cases across Sierra Leone and Liberia by January, according to report A spread sheet created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to project the trajectory of the West Africa Ebola epidemic […]

Ebola highlights pace of “interconnectedness,” role of leadership, and what happens when one moves faster than the other

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In remarks last week at the United States Agency for International Development’s 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted what he referred to as both “new opportunities,” and “new challenges,” of interconnnectedness, and “a hyperconnected world.” Challenges, he noted, are exemplified by the ongoing, still escalating Ebola crisis in West […]

Congress Funds Government until December 11 and Goes Home to Campaign—PEPFAR, Tuberculosis and Global Fund held at Current Levels

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Congress adjourned for seven weeks after completing action on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running until December 11th with debate largely focused on the bill’s authorization of the President’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebel groups to mount an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).  Despite concerted […]

Collaboration is key for protecting US investments in global health, say health leaders

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“Health systems don’t begin or stop at the clinic,” said Mark Dybul, “because a bunch of health people are not going to deal with the black market.” From involving local law enforcement to INTERPOL to ensure high quality commodities, building effective health systems requires an integrated approach involving the right partners, Dybul, executive director of […]

Obama at CDC on Ebola: Describing “a potential threat to global security that has profound effects on all of us,” President announces scaled up government-wide strategy

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The number of people infected with Ebola could rapidly grow from the thousands now counted and uncounted, to tens of thousands, and then to hundreds of thousands, President Obama said at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga today, as he announced a more intensive and strategic U.S. response to the […]