Tag Archives: Nigeria

Africa and COVID-19: Facts, figures, and myths

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi China has been courting African nations for years. Chinese investment and infrastructure include the $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as a glistening medical school nestled in greenery of the Volta Region of Ghana. With the volume of Chinese […]

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

Frieden, Birx discuss the catastrophe, warning of Ebola in last year

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At this time last year, Ebola had been reported in West Africa for six months, and in Liberia and Sierra Leone the number of new cases was doubling every few weeks. In Nigeria, where a man sick with the virus had landed in the capital city three months earlier and sparked an outbreak culminating in 20 cases, the epidemic […]

Harm reduction and an AIDS-free generation, sex work research, and sustainable development goals . . . We’re reading about the inextricable ties of health and human rights

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Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic – Looking at access to health and harm reduction services in five countries where HIV epidemics intersect with injecting drug use, this report from amfAR points out that “an AIDS-free generation” would need to include everyone, but that most current national policies don’t. Examining the extent to which […]

Cuba starts AIDS-free generation, Nigerian state launches oxymoronic HIV law, Mozambique sheds colonial homophobia — but has a way to go, and more . . . we’re reading about policies, health and human rights

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WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphillis in Cuba . . . and Cuba validates universal health care . . . In 2013, two babies were born with HIV in Cuba, and five with syphilis, according to this announcement from the World Organization. Home to more than 11.2 million people, Cuba became […]

Ebola: CDC interviewing “about 100 people” who had contact with Dallas patient, while saying “the only way to get to zero risk is to stop the outbreak in West Africa”

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As CDC promises daily updates on Dallas-based Ebola investigation, report details investigations, containment efforts in Senegal, Nigeria Promising daily updates on the investigation of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden expressed confidence today that the disease will be contained in […]

Ebola diagnosed in U.S., controlled in Nigeria, and foretold over months and decades past . . . We’re reading updates and warnings on West Africa Ebola crisis

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Health experts’ predictions that a person sick with Ebola soon would travel to the United States and be diagnosed here came true last week, as news from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. The story of the man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, where he was diagnosed with […]

Anti-gay legislation, HIV criminalization and harm . . . We’re reading doctors’ warnings on how human rights abuses hurt public health

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Dr. Daniel Nanshep Gobgab of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria and Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau came to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC Tuesday to talk about their work as physicians and faith-based health organization leaders. The topic was family planning, but in the course […]

Injectable ARVs and PReP, viral load testing developments, questions on Global Funds in Nigeria and Uganda, we’re reading updates and more . . .

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AVAC’s latest PxWire – News at March’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs offered monkeys protection against vaginal and rectal HIV exposure paved the way for investigating if the approach would work for people too, and raised expectations that long-acting PReP, or pre-exposure prevention of HIV is possible, AVAC […]

Anti-gay laws, rhetoric, impact, response: Good news, bad news and no news

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Physician activist released, Ugandan, Nigerian groups call  for action, Uganda government responds, and homophobic rhetoric escalates First the good news: after urging by civil society leaders in South Africa and around the world, Ugandan-born physician and gay rights advocate Paul Semugoma has been ordered released from immigration officials’ custody, and will receive the work permit […]