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Sen. Cardin brings record of global health involvement as he takes lead Democrat seat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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The Senator replacing Bob Menendez as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes on the role with a record spanning nearly three decades in Congress of stances supporting policies to improve health, human rights and science-based global and domestic responses. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has served on the committee since coming to the […]

Uganda and human rights: With overturn of Anti-Homosexuality Law, Museveni points to trade concerns — and once again citing science — gets another chance to get it right

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“Later on, our scientists argued that all homosexuality was by nurture not nature. On the basis of that, I agreed to sign the Bill although some people still contest that understanding. I was also provoked into signing the Bill by the arrogant approach of some foreign governments . . .” Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, New […]

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 […]

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 […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

Criminalized sex work, contraception as the weakest link, reducing harm reduction, a homophobic faith-based organization doesn’t get it . . . We’re reading about policies, proposals and programs that don’t mind the gap

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“An end to AIDS is only possible if we overcome the barriers of criminalization, stigma and discrimination that remain key drivers of the epidemic.” AIDS 2014, Nobody left behind, The Melbourne Declaration US bill to pressure countries that do not criminalize the purchase of sex must be dropped, say rights groups – The Global Alliance […]

“I am no longer criminal . . . ” Following Uganda law dismissal, we’re reading responses and results

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In the wake of the major victory for public health and human rights that the nullification last week of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act represents, we’re reading the petition that got the law to court, responses from Uganda, and updates from other corners. Constitutional Petition NO. 08 of 2014 – In light of the Ugandan court’s ruling […]

Uganda Anti Homosexuality Act: Overturned on a technicality, it leaves questions

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When a Uganda high court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014 on constitutional grounds today, it wasn’t because of the law’s conflict with human rights. It was because parliamentary procedure requiring a quorum to pass a new law hadn’t been observed. That was the same reason President Yoweri Museveni gave for what appeared to be […]

The Voice of Public Health Leadership Globally: Marginalized

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV. By Ron MacInnis WASHINGTON, DC — My visit to Uganda last month – and meetings with many dedicated health professionals and HIV advocates – left me with concerns about the direction of the country’s HIV response and about the continued impact of […]

Uganda government claims misunderstanding, while Uganda report cites HIV response gaps, Zambia cracks down and backtracks, and Kenya’s future . . . We’re reading about failures to communicate when politics trump health

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Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 – Most people have read by now that the Government of Uganda has added insult to injury with a claim that donors somehow “misinterpreted” the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Law (which carries terms of 10 years to life in prison for gay sex) to be […]