Author Archives: Antigone Barton

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 […]

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 […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions . . .

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When members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched their report Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work last week, they did so, as J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies noted Thursday, in the midst of a busy news week (“a crowded geopolitical field,” Morrison said). Still, the […]