HIV and donor priorities, sex workers and non-rights-based programming, TB in the mines and more . . . we’re reading, and watching why human rights and health go together

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NewWWRHIV and Human Rights: A Mapping of Donor Priorities and Trends in Southern Africa – Diminished funding for HIV responses along with efforts to merge those responses into other public health and rights programming present both challenges and opportunities to organizations trying to strengthen outreach to those hit hardest by the epidemic, according to this just-released briefing paper from Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program. Among the challenges — “HIV is not popular among human rights donors,” according to some in the field, citing a perception that HIV responses get a lion’s share of funding to begin with. Among the conclusions — communication between donors and civil society representatives is more critical than ever, to realize the potential that community involvement and expanded treatment efforts offer now.

The impact of non-rights-based HIV programming for sex workers around the world – One of two briefing documents just released by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, this report looks at some of the challenges that programs targeting HIV among sex workers present. The problem? Designed without the input of the people they were designed to “help,” they compromise privacy, confidentiality, informed consent and autonomy, adding to the obstacles already faced by a population disproportionately impacted by the epidemic.

Sex workers access to HIV treatment around the world
– This report from the Global Network of Sex Work Projects looks at laws, policies and biases that stand between people involved in sex work and HIV treatment and prevention. They include the marginalizing impact of criminalization, exclusion from funded efforts, and lack of access to medicines available only through the health insurance coverage provided with formal employment. While this report cites sources published through the end of 2013, it does not include updated information about the U.S. funding “anti-prostitution pledge” requirement, which was last year overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Denial of medical care to LGBTI people – an under-reported crisis76 Crimes continued its in-depth coverage of the impact of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law with a series of reports Wednesday, including this follow-up on the impact of the law on health services after the raid of the U.S.-funded Makerere University Walter Reed Program. According to the blog, the law, which prohibits providing support to gay individuals or groups, is also affecting a consortium working to address the needs of marginalized populations including sex workers and people who inject drugs, as well as men who have sex with men. In addition the blog’s coverage includes this important correction to continued misreporting of the law’s provisions. Unlike an earlier provision of the bill, the law signed into effect this year does not mandate reporting gay people to the police. The blog, once again, makes the text of the law available, for reporters and editors to check.

WhatWereWatchingUndermined – This new video from Aeras spells out in simple, stark and wrenching terms why tuberculosis continues to spread in South Africa’s gold mines among workers who sickened, treated, cured, fall ill again, and bring the disease home to their families. Speakers highlight the outrage that should attend deaths from a preventable, treatable disease continuing as a routine workplace hazard.

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