Category Archives: Congressional Study Tour 2013: Lusaka, Zambia, and Durban, South Africa

Congressional Study Tour 2013: Lusaka, Zambia, and Durban, South Africa

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 […]