Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

While unreached populations challenge HIV response successes, Malawi High Court to review sodomy laws

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When three stories from widely diverse sources address the same topic in the same week, they provide a glimpse of problems viewed from different angles, and perhaps a glimpse of progress. In this case, the day after this article from Reuters asked Could Concentrated HIV epidemics make AIDS unbeatable? a PBS feature story explored The […]

Study: In Malawi lifelong antiretroviral treatment for expectant moms “translates into saving more than 250,000 maternal life years”

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One or two years ago, the idea was radical for low-resource settings: Provide antiretroviral treatment for life for all women who were pregnant and HIV positive, thus protecting the health not only of the infants on the way, but of their future siblings, and of the mothers themselves, as well as their partners. Since 2010 […]

A doctor’s path, directed by devastation, supported by science, takes him back to Africa

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Dr. Charles Holmes was completing his medical education when he lived and worked for three months in Malawi in 1999. The AIDS epidemic there, uncontrolled, was peaking. Medicine had been saving AIDS patients’ lives in wealthy countries for the last five years, but was still out of reach for most Africans. Desperately sick people lay […]

Groups to Global Fund, PEPFAR: Support switch from toxic treatment

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Imagine a country that, while poor, serves as something of a model for getting treatment for HIV out to those who need it —  addressing  obstacles that can make the  vision of full-scale coverage and  treatment as prevention seem like a mirage elsewhere. That’s how international donors and implementers talk about Malawi, where, they say, […]