Monthly Archives: January 2010

WSJ Story: HIV Patients Turned Away in Uganda Amid Reduced Treatment Scale Up

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The headline in today’s Wall Street Journal article is chilling enough: “War on AIDS Hangs in Balance as U.S. Curbs Help for Africa.” Then come gripping details of a mother desperate to get access to needed medications, so she will not infect her new baby with HIV. And the fears expressed by health care providers that […]

Ugandan Doctor Describes US Role in Fueling Homophobia & Deadly Implications

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Dr. Paul Semugoma, a Ugandan physician, just published this poignant perspective on the anti-gay movement in his native country, the US role in fostering that hostile climate, and the repercussions on efforts to fight HIV/AIDS and reach out to the vulnerable at-risk populations if the tide is not reversed. “Uganda is undergoing a crisis of homophobia,” he […]

Obama's SOTU: Jobs, Jobs, and …. Global Health?

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Okay, so funding for PEPFAR and TB programs did not get top billing in tonight’s State of the Union address. With the economy still sputtering, with voters anxious about the next paycheck and angry about spiraling deficits, global health wasn’t exactly a political winner in tonight’s speech.    But President Obama still did squeeze in a mention of the issue, even […]

UNAIDS Expert: Prevention Needs Full Funding

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Evaristo Marowa, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Botswana, said today that major opportunities to prevent HIV, and save billions of dollars in the long run, will be missed if the US and the international community fail to increase AIDS funding for Botswana and other countries in southern and eastern Africa.  He made his comments in a presentation […]

High TB Rates Among Children in Cape Town Should Set Off Alarms in Washington

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As the Obama Administration re-jiggers US foreign assistance policy in general and global health in particular, this op-ed by Dr. Robin Wood, a leading South African physician-researcher, highlights a growing—but little-noticed—explosion in tuberculosis in Cape Town. His startling research there, focusing on TB rates among young children, is a sign of the escalating threat posed […]

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 […]

Cross-Continent Collaboration Seeks to Bolster Pediatric HIV Care

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When Gilbert Tene, a Rwandan pediatrician, first examined Joseph, the 9-month-old baby boy had acute pneumonia and severe failure to thrive. His short life had already been marked by repeated episodes of illness—fevers, diarrhea, coughs. He was severely malnourished, weighing only about 12 pounds, and could not sit steadily by himself. His diagnosis: advanced HIV […]

Uganda Bill Gets a Hearing in U.S. Congress

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The debate over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill moved to the U.S. Congress today, as HIV experts and gay-rights activists denounced the proposal and urged U.S. leaders–including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—to ratchet up pressure on Uganda to drop the draconian measure. At a hearing convened by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, witnesses detailed […]

Uganda Hearing To Be Webcast

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Update: Today’s hearing in Congress on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be live-streamed ont the Web at http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/.  The hearing begins soon–at 2pm today in Rayburn Room 2172–and will probe the the foreign policy, public health, and human rights implications of Uganda’s draconian anti-gay bill. Lawmakers will hear testimony on these issues from the Global Center’s Director, Christine […]

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, […]