Monthly Archives: August 2015

Amnesty International adopts sex work decriminalization policy

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Despite calls from some celebrities, faith-based and anti-sex work organizations, the global human rights group Amnesty International adopted a policy to support the full decriminalization of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers at the International Council Meeting, the group’s decision-making forum, earlier this month. The policy calls on countries to ensure […]

HIV rates high among adolescent girls while sexual health services access low, says report

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Globally adolescent girls in low and middle-income countries continue to face unmet needs when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health, according to a report published by the Guttmacher Institute. Two-thirds of sexually active adolescent women worldwide do not have access to contraceptives – this unmet need contributes to higher risks of HIV, unintended […]

New site details how PEPFAR funding is spent

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Amfar, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has launched a new website designed to help civil society organizations, ministries of health and finance, researchers, and others access President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding data. The website, featuring a navigable database of PEPFAR country and regional operational plans, lays out how $29 billion in planned funding […]

Tuberculosis R&D “grossly insufficient” according to new report

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The global tuberculosis response and TB research and development remain weak and inadequate despite approval of the first new TB drugs in decades and a new global strategy to reduce TB incidence and mortality, according to Treatment Action Groups’ latest report. With just $255 million spent on TB research and development each year, funding is […]

Post-Ebola, ask the right questions

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The following is a guest post by Kathy Doherty of MEASURE Evaluation The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa exposed the weaknesses of national health systems in general, and health information systems in particular, and served as a wake-up call to strengthen mechanisms for timely, reliable information management and sharing regarding epidemic-prone diseases within and […]

With Amnesty International set to vote on sex work decriminalization stance, African, Asian groups, UNAIDS voice support

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“Buying and sellng sex has been illegal for over 60 years in most of our countries but has not led to any reduction of sex work or an ‘end to prostitution’ . . . more importantly it has not led to better lives for sex workers or for our families. Criminalization has not led to […]

Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access

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A commentary published online today in The Lancet co-authored by leaders of global funding agencies and organizations as well as leading researchers, clinicians, and civil society workers responding to HIV globally calls for immediate access to antiretroviral treatment for all people infected with HIV, without rationing based on geographic location or advanced state of illness. […]

Expanded and supported community health workforces essential, sustainable, report says

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They deliver life-saving services daily that would otherwise be unavailable to mothers, newborns and home-bound patients in areas where distance, infrastructure and staffing shortages challenge access to health care. They deliver information, support, screening, and treatment. By preventing catastrophic illnesses, their work cuts costs for overburdened clinics, strengthen workforces, and controls public health threats. The […]