The Toll from Three Deadly Diseases – This New York Times editorial notes the gap shown in the just released World Health Organization report on malaria between progress against the disease and what could be accomplished with adequate funding. AIDS and Tuberculosis data have shown similar patterns, the editorial says. The numbers add up to unnecessary deaths while donors fail to meet demonstrated needs with demonstrated solutions.
Indian Supreme Court Reinstates Gay Sex Ban – India stood out as a beacon of progress in health and human rights when a high court there ruled to overturn the country’s colonial era criminalization of homosexual sex. Now, with the Indian Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the ban this article details the conservative push that led to this giant step back, and activists’ reactions.
Stockouts in South Africa – “I am on Truvada and EFV. In June for 2 weeks, I went to the clinic for medication and we were sent back without anything,” a patient recounts in this report released in November. After years of casualties to AIDS denialism, South Africa now is home to the world’s largest HIV treatment program. But all of its gains are put at risk when clinics and hospitals run out of medicines.
The Beginning of the End? This makes ONE’s continued tracking of global commitments on AIDS a suspenseful read. The beginning of the end of the AIDS epidemic, the tipping points where treatment outpaces new infections, could be gained only to be lost again, the report finds. Highlighting the situations in nine African countries, the report points to opportunities to speed and sustain momentum.