Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Programs to improve sex workers’ economic chances succeed and reduce health risks when led by peers, supported by community, study finds

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Alternative sources of income foster sex worker health and safety, but efforts fall short in Africa, according to regional report The donor-jargon name is “economic empowerment,” but it refers to something many in that world take for granted: The basic components for financial stability that are out of reach for people whose resources are limited […]

Global Health 2014: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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Ebola – Why is Ebola one of the top 10 stories in HIV and TB globally? Because the current crisis in West Africa echoes the history of those epidemics, highlights weaknesses that will continue to dog ongoing work to conquer those epidemics, and has once again shown that neglecting infectious disease anywhere poses a threat […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership”

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Part I of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader to be presented in two parts, looking at impact, accountability, transparency in a sustainable response Part I A week after  Ambassador Deborah Birx took office as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, she issued her first official statement, ” . . .on the Principles of PEPFAR’s […]

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 […]

Looking for lasting impact, first Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers work with medical school faculties in Africa

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After a career as cardiologist and teacher, Stephen Humphrey had retired  when he discovered first-hand the dire need for medical school instructors in a resource-poor country. A career as a registered nurse providing psychotherapy gave Nancy Remington a chance to see strides in treatment and acceptance of psychiatric illnesses. Then she saw a chance to […]

Building health capacity through service, a doctor’s vision becomes a partnership

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This is what it looks like when the a country has no more than two or three doctors, and, at best half a dozen nurses, for every 100,000 patients: Sick people don’t come for care until they are very sick, if they come at all. When they arrive they can look forward to spending the […]

Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill makes this International Human Rights Day a time to look at health impacts of homophobic landscapes

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The Ugandan Parliament speaker’s promise to present his country with the “Christmas present” of a revived anti-homosexuality bill has led, in turn to a revived interest in the human rights landscape of that country, three years after the bill with its death penalty provision for “aggravated homosexuality” was first announced. The most recent attention, with […]

Keeping up with the Global Fund

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After a tumultuous few years the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is nearing completion of, at least, the first phases of a makeover, with the framework for a new funding model agreed upon at its September board meeting, and details of the model to be decided at the next, Nov. 14-15 board […]

Uganda poised to reconsider anti-gay bill

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The government of Uganda is re-opening discussion around the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that triggered an international outcry among civil rights groups, physicians and public health experts, and the U.S. Congress in early 2010. The legislation, originally proposed to the Ugandan Parliament by David Bahati in September of 2009, would impose life imprisonment or the death sentence […]

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.