Tag Archives: Paul Kasonkomona

Uganda government claims misunderstanding, while Uganda report cites HIV response gaps, Zambia cracks down and backtracks, and Kenya’s future . . . We’re reading about failures to communicate when politics trump health

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Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 – Most people have read by now that the Government of Uganda has added insult to injury with a claim that donors somehow “misinterpreted” the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Law (which carries terms of 10 years to life in prison for gay sex) to be […]

Paul Kasonkomona, Glenda Gray, a snapshot of global health funding . . . We’re reading about contributions that make a difference

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New era dawns for the South African MRC – At a Kaiser briefing Tuesday, a Global Fund representative talked about the “marathon,” rather than “sprint” to the time that countries’ HIV responses become self-sustaining. This Lancet article, with its story of the South African Medical Research Council’s “massive overhaul” in the last two years, and […]

Nigeria anti-gay law: community calls for support, advocates call for action

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With reports that police are arresting suspected “gay organization” members in Nigeria following the President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing last week of the country’s “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013,” the impacts of the new law are just beginning, according to agencies and organizations addressing health and human rights. In addition to prohibiting marriage and civil […]

Rights activist’s trial raises issues behind Zambia’s HIV fight

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The trial of Zambian HIV and human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona on charges stemming from his appearance on television talk show resumed Tuesday as scheduled, but was stalled by a slight glitch, according to a news report, “after attempts to play a recording of the television programme in court as part of the evidence failed.” […]

How the Department of Defense battles infectious diseases, country ownership concerns, Zambia trial of HIV activist and more — we’re reading about breakthroughs and breakdowns in global health efforts

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Global Health: Infectious Disease Efforts – Building on its report last year that examined the role of the Defense Department in researching and responding to global health threats, the Kaiser Family Foundation today released a close up look at how the department contributes to and interacts with efforts to […]

A column from Dr. Dybul, resolutions in Antigua, a court ruling in Zambia, and more . . . We’re reading about health & human rights

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Better Health, Better Human Rights: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria began with a commitment to advancing human rights in its fight against the diseases, Executive Director Mark Dybul notes, but the need to expand that focus becomes clearer as research confirms the effectiveness of focusing on the most vulnerable populations. This, […]

Report highlights cycle of deficits: with scant funding to fight HIV among gay men, missing data leads to missing response, and . . . scant funding

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You can only imagine the impact of the HIV epidemic on men who have sex with men  in a country where institutionalized discrimination, bias and abuse is so extreme that sex between men is a felony that can lead to life in prison.

Reports: Sexual minorities, youth, left out countries’ decisions on distribution of Global Fund money

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The recent arrest of Zambian HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona for only talking about legal barriers to HIV and other health services for Zambians who are prisoners, sex workers or members of sexual minorities, raises the question of how those barriers can be addressed by the country’s board charged with distributing money […]

Paul Kasonkomona: A Zambian HIV treatment activist takes on homophobia and silence

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Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation  needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made […]