Tag Archives: Amnesty International

IAS 2019: Collapse of Venezuela’s health infrastructure dismantles HIV response

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MEXICO CITY – A decade ago, Venezuela had one of the most progressive responses to its HIV epidemic in the world. In the 1990s the country’s Supreme Court mandated that the government provide lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, catalyzing a national HIV program which provided comprehensive care to everyone who qualified. Now, after more than five years […]

Responding to diseases in the shadows now, with access to knowledge and treatment . . . We’re reading about equalizing health

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XDR-TB is worse than Ebola but we can act – The author, Dr. Philip Lederer, is an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a clinical focus on tuberculosis and other non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and a member of TB Proof. Evoking both Albert Camus’s The Plague and David Frances’ How to Survive […]

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 […]

Amnesty International sex work decriminalization stance proposal sets off flurry of petitions, and celebrity scolding

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Letter against policy plan signed by actors, designers and other luminaries says policy was inspired by “HIV/AIDS sector” which does “worthy” work but has “very little understanding, if any of . . . intersectionality of race, gender and inequality . . .” They support families and each other in situations and communities where no one […]

Winning against HIV but running out of drugs? Making gains, while rights lag? We’re reading good news, bad news from the front lines

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Reports with conflicting headlines landed in the inbox on the same day in the last week, leading to the question: are advances in the fight against HIV victory, or progress? Good news followed by bad news leads to cognitive dissonance, but can also point to gaps. Namibia winning HIV fight: Good news! Nigeria reduced HIV […]