Monthly Archives: August 2014

As Ebola toll grows, WHO calls for experimental drug use, and “lessons of AIDS” play out

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Last week as the toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa approached 1,000 lives across the region, the new International Red Cross and Red Crescent leader gave an interview to Agence France Press urging that responders apply the lessons the world has learned from three decades of fighting HIV. He was largely referring to, […]

AIDS 2014: Confronting tragedy and progress, 20th International AIDS Conference brought approaches, community together

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“Unity” was the word that incoming International AIDS Society President Chris Beyrer used to characterize AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The word, he said, at a panel discussion last week, described the response to the loss of six HIV movement leaders, who, en route to the conference died in the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight […]

Malawi advocacy network brings change to country’s healthcare system

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When the Malawi Health Equity Network was formed in 2000, the health sector in that country was on the brink of collapse because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Brain drain had caused a serious shortage of health care workers, and those who couldn’t afford to leave also couldn’t afford an education. To deal with this crisis, […]

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

“I am no longer criminal . . . ” Following Uganda law dismissal, we’re reading responses and results

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In the wake of the major victory for public health and human rights that the nullification last week of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act represents, we’re reading the petition that got the law to court, responses from Uganda, and updates from other corners. Constitutional Petition NO. 08 of 2014 – In light of the Ugandan court’s ruling […]

Ebola outbreaks, response … We’re reading about new and persistent challenges to confronting global health threats

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As policy makers and presidents from across Africa gathered in Washington, DC for the three-day U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, the White House released a fact sheet Monday summarizing U.S.-African Cooperation on Global Health accomplishments of the past 20 years. With investments from the United States, other donors and increased local investments in public health […]

Xpert use reduced wait for treatment, study shows, but health system, patient challenges remain barriers to full benefits

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The demand for, and the promise of, quick accurate tools to diagnose tuberculosis, and to discover resistance to basic TB treatments, are based on a simple and seemingly irrefutable premise. Such tools, it has been pointed out, make early and effective treatment possible, benefiting both patients and public with faster and more frequent cures, and […]

Uganda Anti Homosexuality Act: Overturned on a technicality, it leaves questions

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When a Uganda high court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014 on constitutional grounds today, it wasn’t because of the law’s conflict with human rights. It was because parliamentary procedure requiring a quorum to pass a new law hadn’t been observed. That was the same reason President Yoweri Museveni gave for what appeared to be […]