Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

Congress finalizes FY 2013 budget with PEPFAR cut, Global Fund boost

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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  took a hit while the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got a boost last week when the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution bill to avoid a government shutdown and continue funding the government through Oct. 1, the end of fiscal year 2013. The […]

Building health capacity through service, a doctor’s vision becomes a partnership

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This is what it looks like when the a country has no more than two or three doctors, and, at best half a dozen nurses, for every 100,000 patients: Sick people don’t come for care until they are very sick, if they come at all. When they arrive they can look forward to spending the […]

Secretary Sebelius: When you invest in women and girls, the results ripple through their communities

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Jemima, a rural Kenyan woman living with HIV and without medical care, had wasted to just 77 pounds when a friend brought her to a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief-supported clinic. She went home that day with a basic health package put together by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. She started antiretroviral […]