America Speaks: As funding for medical research teeters on the edge of the next fiscal cliff, the latest poll from Research!America adds to the reasons lawmakers should stand up for a strong science budget — it is what America wants. The poll shows the majority of Americans place value on research for improved global health, on encouraging the next generation of scientists, on finding ways to eliminate health disparities, and more gains from biomedical research, but that at the same time, a small minority are aware that resarch is conducted in every state.
The obstacles to ending AIDS: The science is moving more quickly towards “fading out” AIDS than the policies that continue to impose or allow obstacles to treatment, care and prevention for marginalized people, says this commentary from International AIDS Society President Françoise-Barré Sinoussi and Director of the Centre of Excellence of Research in AIDS in Paris, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Malya in Kuala Lumpur Addeeba Kamaruizaman. The commentary cites failures to reach HIV-positive injecting drug users with antiretroviral treatment, as well as with clean needles and opioid substitution therapy as well as men who have sex with men. The commentary also highlights failures to reach HIV-positive pregnant women with treatment across Asia.
We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda: This is a stunning portrait gallery of “vulnerable, resilient, flawed and creative people” confronting Uganda’s proposed anti-gay legislation with their own powerful stories, despite “a hostile environment stoked to an ideological inferno by American evangelicals proselytizing in Eastern Africa.”
TB’s Global Resurgence Amplifies U.S. Risk: If solidarity with people confronting drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis around the world isn’t enough reason to prioritize funding for research and improved global access to treatment, this article in The Wall Street Journal raises another reason — failures to respond adequately to TB are coming home to roost.
Mentor Mothers – The Key to Reducing Mother to Child HIV/AIDS Transmission: An attentive reading of this story about a successful program linking HIV-positive pregnant women to essential services tells one of the secrets to its success — with nearly 400 program sites employing nearly 1,000 mentor mothers, the program recognizes the importance of paying people who do important work, and improves women’s circumstances. “We don’t believe in making poor people volunteer,” is how one mentor mother who spoke at the International AIDS Conference in Washington last July put it.