Daily Archives: June 10, 2009

`We are entering perilous ethical waters'

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At the opening ceremony tonight that launched the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, two noteworthy events (outside of a wonderful acaplella performance of the Namibian national anthem by the local band Vocal Motion 6 (VM6)): Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, led a long delegation of senior political leaders that included the top officials in […]

A few (surprising) AIDS facts from Namibia

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One of the side benefits from any major global health conference is that the host country steps into the spotlight — at least for a few days. Now is Namibia’s turn, and Dr. Norbert Foster, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, outlined some interesting statistics in Namibia’s fight against AIDS. […]

A coming AIDS treatment shortage?

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So warns Fareed Abdullah, director of the Africa Unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at a press conference here kicking off the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting. In unusually forceful language, Abdullah diverted from his prepared talking points to say that not only is there not enough money for AIDS treatment in the […]

AIDS Quilt Comes to Africa

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When Dorinda Henry talks about the AIDS Quilt – the 22-year project that has so far memorialized the names of 88,000 people who have died from AIDS – she cannot help but cry. She is not alone, of course. But Henry, the curator and chaplain of the Atlanta-based NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt, is feeling […]

Missing Goosby

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Memo to Dr. Eric Goosby:  Several hundred people in Windhoek wish you were here at the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting. Goosby, who has been nominated by President Obama to be the next US global AIDS coordinator, yesterday had his confirmation hearing in the US Senate. There’s no timetable yet on his confirmation vote. Ever since Obama […]

HIV Conference Opens with Major Funding Questions

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Welcome to the live blog of the  2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, which is being held this year in Windhoek, Namibia. For the past several days, US government officials have held internal meetings (called here “USG-only’’), but today the conference expands for the next four days with dozens of presentations involving AIDS experts from many groups. […]

Live from Namibia: HIV Implementers Conference

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This post is “sticky” – it will remain at the top of the blog until the Implementers Conference liveblogging is over. Scroll down for John Donnelly’s coverage and other posts. From June 10-12, former Boston Globe reporter John Donnelly will be blogging live from the  HIV Implementers Meeting in Windhoek, Namibia. Please, check back during […]