Tag Archives: Zambia

It’s the treatment, stupid . . . We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious diseases

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Why Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […]

For HIV counselors in Zambia, work hits close to home

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The following is a guest post from Karen Blyth, director of East Africa programs for Intrahealth International. They’ve lost children, family, and friends to HIV. Now they search their community’s churches, bars, schools, and markets, offering help to those who are at risk but often out of reach. By Karen Blyth In a small office […]

Zambia Gender Minister: Poverty slows march toward equity

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The Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, now Zambia’s Minister of Gender and Child Development, is a physician, professor of microbiology and immunology, a former Parliament member, former Minister of Health and founder of a an organization supporting sex workers*. Having overcome some of the challenges facing women and girls in her country, and worked to address […]

A look at AIDS 2014: Stigma and discrimination pose barriers to accessing health services

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Science Speaks covered AIDS 2014 with live coverage and guest posts and is continuing this week with insights on issues raised during the week. The following post is by Laura Nyblade, of Health Policy Project, RTI International MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA —Nearly every plenary speaker at the International AIDS Conference last week, from political leaders to scientists […]

Disabilities and HIV in Zambia, faith-based opportunities to provide bridges to services, and Malawi steps up . . . We’re reading reports on gaps and how to fill them

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“We Are Also Dying of AIDS” – This report from Human Rights Watch on Barriers to HIV Services and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia is dedicated to the late Winstone Zulu, the Zambian activist  who pushed for HIV and TB responses to reach people marginalized by poverty, cultural bias, discriminatory laws, and institutionalized […]

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 […]

In Russia a UNAIDS conference setting ignores abuses, while in Bangladesh sex workers supply answers, and in Zambia rules raise questions — We’re reading about HIV and human rights (and Uganda . . .)

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An open letter to UNAIDS on Russia’s drug policies – Leaders of harm reduction and HIV advocacy organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia condemn the decision by UNAIDS to participate in, and support a regional conference on HIV set to take place in Moscow, where harsh government policies and laws will bar the participation […]

Drug-resistant TB spreading more easily, amfAR makes case for global AIDS funding, Zambia considers condoms in prisons, and more . . . we’re reading the facts behind the arguments

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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 […]

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.” […]