Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily – The mutations making some tuberculosis strains in Russia resistant to treatment may also be improving the ability of the bacteria to spread, an analysis reported in Nature tells us. Researchers are quoted calling the findings “Truly scary,” but also noting that a strong programmatic response could still be […]
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 […]
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.” […]
Access to HIV prevention in Rwandan prisons: Rwanda’s post-genocide government recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable populations and built the right to health into its 2003 Constitution. This is all looking like good news, especially as the article goes on to describe how prisoners with HIV in […]
Center for Global Health Policy staff will leave for a week in Zambia and South Africa tomorrow. Hosting four congressional staffers, we’re heading to two places hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis: Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Durban. Each country has important stories to tell about the impact of these health crises and the […]
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.
UK to cut direct aid to South Africa – AIDS Alliance Response: While news that Britain plans to end direct aid to South Africa by 2015 was met with concern in opinion columns around the world, this piece from AIDS Alliance spells out why this will risk investments in the HIV response to date: the […]
It sounds obvious, urgent, and ambitious: Make HIV counseling and testing as well as links to subsequent care and prevention services universally available, and watch the numbers of new infections drop steeply.
Increasingly, Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said Monday, it also sounds practical.
Zambia: TB Control Pilot generates recommendations In 2010 a Human Rights Watch report charged the Zambian prison system with severe overcrowding, gross human rights violations and conditions that perpetuate infectious diseases, notably tuberculosis. The report led to a partnership between the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan […]
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 […]