Tag Archives: Haiti

Study finds diversity in costs, support, and implementation of recommended antiretroviral treatment monitoring

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It’s the best way to ensure antiretroviral treatment is working for those getting it, protecting their immune systems and preventing illness and transmission — and the alternative is more costly. Yet a World Health Organization published study of how frequently antiretroviral treatment programs in seven countries across the Americas check their patients’ viral loads and […]

Cuba starts AIDS-free generation, Nigerian state launches oxymoronic HIV law, Mozambique sheds colonial homophobia — but has a way to go, and more . . . we’re reading about policies, health and human rights

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WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphillis in Cuba . . . and Cuba validates universal health care . . . In 2013, two babies were born with HIV in Cuba, and five with syphilis, according to this announcement from the World Organization. Home to more than 11.2 million people, Cuba became […]

In a week of violent tragedy and proposed funding cuts, we’re reading why the clock is ticking on an international donor response to anti-gay laws and violence

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Realities in Global Treatment of HIV: A refreshing read on the heels of a series of global health funding proposals (from the President, from the Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, from the House Appropriations Committee) that essentially tell global AIDS fighters “keep up the good work with less money,” this New York Times editorial […]

More than a decade of countering disease and disaster in Haiti penitentiary yields results as donors turn attention to prisons

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The following is the first of a two-part feature on health and justice in a Haitian prison. Today Science Speaks looks at how a decade of work by an organization called Health through Walls has led to recognition of and responses to conditions there, with tools to diagnose tuberculosis among prisoners. When Dr. John May […]

Turn up the volume for an all-video edition of What We’re Reading . . .

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Turn up the volume  for these videos on issues that are often surrounded by silence: The reasons for rectal microbicides, the  neglected world of children with tuberculosis, the health consequences of overcrowded prisons, and how infectious diseases travel from prison to tourist when the realities of sex work are left out of an AIDS response. […]

Addressing the HIV Situation in a Post-Earthquake Haiti

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. Photos and video by David Bryden. A panel consisting of Haitian HIV advocates spoke today about the situation of HIV patients in a post-earthquake Haiti at a Senate briefing called “Report from the Frontlines: Living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti Post-Earthquake.”  The briefing was sponsored by Senator […]

Haphazard Relief Efforts in Haiti Creating New Risks for AIDS Prevention and Treatment

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Where is the plan for Haitians living with AIDS? That was the question posted last week by a Haitan protest delegation, which convened at the United Nations to demand attention to their plight. “The protesters said that uncoordinated relief efforts are leaving Haitians vulnerable to AIDS and endangering Haitians living with the disease,” reports Housing Works’ […]

CDC Resources for Clinicians Helping Haitian Earthquake Victims

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Amid the continuing effort to provide desperately needed medical care to earthquake victims in Haiti, the CDC today released guidelines for clinicians traveling to Haiti and for those treating patients returning from the country. This link lists some of the infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, that providers may encounter while treating refugees or returning relief […]

Haitians with HIV Face New Challenges in Accessing Care

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Coping with HIV/AIDS in Haiti is difficult enough in normal times. But post-earthquake, getting access to care and life-saving drugs has suddenly become much harder. In response, Housing Works and other HIV groups have launched a new effort to help people with HIV/AIDS in Haiti. “We have formed a coalition with Aid for AIDS, Diaspora, […]

Helping Haiti

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“Please save my baby!” Jeudy Francia, a woman in her 20s, shrieked outside the St.-Esprit Hospital in the city on Wednesday. Her child, a girl about 4 years old, writhed in pain in the hospital’s chaotic courtyard, near where a handful of bodies lay under white blankets. “There is no one, nothing, no medicines, no […]