Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

While Rosemary Namubiru awaits appeal hearing, Uganda’s HIV response, healthworkers living in Uganda with HIV face questionable future

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Rosemary Namubiru, a 65-year-old nurse living with HIV in Uganda, had a date in court  last week for her appeal of a negligence conviction stemming from a workplace accident that happened when she was administering an injection to a sick child, according to the New Vision newspaper. Namubiru has been incarcerated since January, when she […]

Nothing about us without us: The evolving role of PEPFAR in community engagement

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group. This month, while working with PEPFAR programs in West Africa to raise awareness on issues such as gender and sexual diversity and their significance in HIV epidemic dynamics, I was reminded by civil society organization leaders of […]

Is Uganda ready for a World Bank health sector loan? Groups advise a close look

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In June, some four months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, two months after a U.S.-funded Military HIV Research Program clinic serving gay men in Kampala was shut down by police action, and in the midst of international sanctions and condemnation of the country’s approach to health and human […]

CDC Ebola model shows impacts of speed, scale, as well as of neglect to be great

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Lagging international response as it stood in August would lead to from half a million to more than a million Ebola cases across Sierra Leone and Liberia by January, according to report A spread sheet created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to project the trajectory of the West Africa Ebola epidemic […]

Ebola highlights pace of “interconnectedness,” role of leadership, and what happens when one moves faster than the other

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In remarks last week at the United States Agency for International Development’s 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted what he referred to as both “new opportunities,” and “new challenges,” of interconnnectedness, and “a hyperconnected world.” Challenges, he noted, are exemplified by the ongoing, still escalating Ebola crisis in West […]

Congress Funds Government until December 11 and Goes Home to Campaign—PEPFAR, Tuberculosis and Global Fund held at Current Levels

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Congress adjourned for seven weeks after completing action on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running until December 11th with debate largely focused on the bill’s authorization of the President’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebel groups to mount an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).  Despite concerted […]

Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions . . .

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When members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched their report Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work last week, they did so, as J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies noted Thursday, in the midst of a busy news week (“a crowded geopolitical field,” Morrison said). Still, the […]

Decriminalize drug use, production and transport in the name of public health and safety, global panel says

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With recommendations that include ending criminalization of drug use, decriminalizing and regulating some currently illicit drugs, and ending imprisonment of farmers and couriers involved in illicit drug production and transport, an international panel of government, health, academic and business leaders released a report today urging a global approach to drug control that prioritizes public health […]

Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

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In the third phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning. By Anita Datar, MPA, MPH, Health Policy Project A subtle […]

Ebola as the “Katrina moment” that highlights global health inequity

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Georgetown University Professor Lawrence Gostin’s new book Global Health Law examines the causes and consequences of the vast inequities in access to health between rich and poor around the world, so when Gostin came to the Center for International and Strategic studies on Tuesday, the talk naturally turned to the ongoing and escalating Ebola outbreak […]