Monthly Archives: April 2010

Improving Maternal Health in Africa

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood joined with several other health and development organizations to host a panel discussion on maternal health in Africa on Capitol Hill today.  The forum was moderated by African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) board member and journalist Carol Jenkins. […]

Final GHI To Be Unveiled Soon, Many Details Still Uncertain

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At the start of a forum today on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Jen Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s director of global health policy and HIV, laid out eight major questions about the proposal—queries that will go a long way toward determining whether the initiative is a success or not. After a 90-minute discussion, […]

Senate Panel Calls on Uganda to Rebuff Anti-Gay Bill

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved a resolution opposing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a move intended to escalate pressure on that country as it considers legislation that would impose life imprisonment or a death sentence for same-gender consensual sex. The Senate resolution notes that “such laws undermine our commitment to combating HIV/AIDS globally” by stigmatizing and criminalizing at-risk […]

Link Between Maternal Mortality & HIV "Laid Bare"

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The Lancet today published a new analysis of maternal mortality data, in which the authors document greater progress in reducing maternal deaths than previous examinations. They also highlight the role of HIV in preventing even more significant gains in saving mother’s lives. The authors estimate there were 342,900 maternal deaths globally in 2008, down from […]

Boston Globe: USG Telling Some PEPFAR Clinics to Stop Enrolling New Patients

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This Boston Globe story documents, for the first time, how U.S. government officials have told some PEPFAR-funded clinics to stop enrolling new HIV patients on lifesaving treatment. “People are struggling to find resources to honor the commitments we have made,’’ Ambassador Eric Goosby, US global AIDS coordinator, told the Globe. “We’re not at a cap […]

Addressing the HIV Situation in a Post-Earthquake Haiti

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. Photos and video by David Bryden. A panel consisting of Haitian HIV advocates spoke today about the situation of HIV patients in a post-earthquake Haiti at a Senate briefing called “Report from the Frontlines: Living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti Post-Earthquake.”  The briefing was sponsored by Senator […]

Scientific Data on PrEP is Promising, But Real-World Impact Still Uncertain

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Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH, President, Research, Family Health International, recently gave a provocative presentation at a Microbicides Trial Network meeting in Washington, D.C., providing insights about the potential public health impact of microbicides, if the scientific evidence demonstrates efficacy in preventing HIV transmission. We spoke with Dr. Cates about the challenges of translating scientific […]

Haphazard Relief Efforts in Haiti Creating New Risks for AIDS Prevention and Treatment

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Where is the plan for Haitians living with AIDS? That was the question posted last week by a Haitan protest delegation, which convened at the United Nations to demand attention to their plight. “The protesters said that uncoordinated relief efforts are leaving Haitians vulnerable to AIDS and endangering Haitians living with the disease,” reports Housing Works’ […]

UNAIDS Introduces Plan to Promote Women’s Rights Through Combating HIV

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. UNAIDS has launched a five-year action plan to address gender inequalities and human rights violations that put women and girls at risk of HIV infection.  The Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV calls on the UN system to support governments, […]

HIV Stigma Partly to Blame for Vertical Transmission

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has released a report on how social stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV may result in higher prevalence rates, particularly in relation to increases in mother-to-child transmission when women are reluctant to accept HIV testing, disclose their status, or […]