Tag Archives: Uganda

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 […]

HIV responses and challenges in Sri Lanka, Honduras, Thailand, and — a new one in Uganda . . . We’re reading about health and human rights around the world

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HIV on a Dangerous Threshold in Sri Lanka – The Indian Ocean island nation was considered a “low-prevalence country,” this article says, but is facing a “much more explosive and complex situation — the risk of an epidemic within high risk groups.” High-risk groups, the article goes on to clarify, means populations at high risk […]

Physicians signing letter to Uganda President on anti-homosexuality bill include former Vice President, now UN’s envoy for HIV in Africa

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The letter from physicians, researchers and academics explaining the science of sexual orientation and the impact of laws criminalizing homosexuality that appeared as a full page ad in a Uganda newspaper last week went directly to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni today, with the endorsement of 14 organizations (including the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

Drug-resistant TB spreading more easily, amfAR makes case for global AIDS funding, Zambia considers condoms in prisons, and more . . . we’re reading the facts behind the arguments

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Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily – The mutations making some tuberculosis strains in Russia resistant to treatment may also be improving the ability of the bacteria to spread, an analysis reported in Nature tells us. Researchers are quoted calling the findings “Truly scary,” but also noting that a strong programmatic response could still be […]

CDC Global Health Security projects speed improvements to infectious disease responses

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MMWR reports: Six-month pilot efforts in Uganda, Vietnam brought measurable gains, pinpointed challenges Prompted by the emergence of new public health threats as well as the return of old ones in an era of unprecedented international trade and travel, the 2005 International Health Regulations established universal standards and systems to control infectious outbreaks worldwide. But, […]

With new HIV-linked gender analysis requirement, PEPFAR strategy confronts barriers of sexual “norms and expectations”

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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy lays out “Who, Why, What and How” of Gender and HIV, while gaps highlight divide between plan and practice The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy begins with a notice of a new requirement, made prominent with upper-case letters, underlined and printed in red, […]

Making PEPFAR, mourning Andrew Hunter, the cost of hepatitis treatment, assessing the damage of Uganda’s antigay law . . . We’re catching up and looking back

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Making PEPFAR – By rolling out large scale HIV treatment and prevention programs in countries that lacked resources to take on the global epidemic on their own, PEPFAR reversed a trend of sinking life expectancies “and likely saved some countries — even an entire continent — from economic ruin,” Harold Varmus writes in this essay, […]

HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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A nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look […]

From medical services to legal rights, nationwide and spanning continents, reports take on appropriate HIV responses for all

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What if all countries grappling with HIV worked to ensure that the most effective evidence-based prevention, healthcare and treatment measures got to everyone affected by the epidemic? What if they compared their policies and services to best practices and worked to eliminate human rights obstacles and add critical and culturally appropriate components to their responses? […]