Tag Archives: World Bank

Expanded and supported community health workforces essential, sustainable, report says

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They deliver life-saving services daily that would otherwise be unavailable to mothers, newborns and home-bound patients in areas where distance, infrastructure and staffing shortages challenge access to health care. They deliver information, support, screening, and treatment. By preventing catastrophic illnesses, their work cuts costs for overburdened clinics, strengthen workforces, and controls public health threats. The […]

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 […]

AIDS 2014: Financing the new global HIV treatment vision – advocacy and economics

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The following is a guest post from Arin Dutta, Senior Economist, and Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group   MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Here at the 2014 International AIDS Conference, UNAIDS has put forward a vision for global HIV treatment – “ 90-90-90 by 2020 “ – 90 percent of those […]

Needle exchange, methadone programs in Malaysia save money, protect public health, World Bank-funded report finds

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Of the more than 98,000 people diagnosed with HIV since 1986 in Malaysia, more than 67,000 of them have been people who inject drugs . . . When more than two-thirds of the people who have been diagnosed with HIV in a country are people who inject drugs, some of the measures to prevent new […]

Saving the Swazi Nation, mutual accountability, medical circumcision, a special envoy steps down and more . . . We’re reading about what works, what doesn’t, what remains to be seen

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The Campaign Against AIDS in Africa is Saving Lives – Why Isn’t the US Investing More In It? – James North, who spent four years in Swaziland before  AIDS  began to take a toll there, recounts the  epidemic’s impact on the country from 2008, when death notices filled the newspapers, to 2014, when seven percent […]

Lessons from South Asia

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A theater troupe performing plays about men who have sex with men.  A group of injecting drug users in Bangladesh drawing attention to their plight with red mannequins.  And a beauty pageant in Nepal –with only transgendered contestants. In South Asia, a number of different initiatives are now under way in attempting to reduce stigma […]

An End to the Vertical Vs. Horizontal Debate?

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For decades, global health experts, policymakers, and others have been debating the merits of disease-specific initiatives versus broader efforts to strengthen health systems. It’s the old the vertical vs. horizontal argument. No one has settled that debate. But maybe we should stop asking that particular question. Or at least start asking some new ones.  “It’s not a […]

How to stop so many sex partners? Fataki!

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Fataki! In Swahili, it means “explosive.’’ In Tanzania, a group is using an evil character called Fataki in a mass-media campaign to slap a new ugly name to sugar daddies, older men who prey on girls and young woman for sex. The aim is to empower family and friends of young women to help them […]

A challenge to stop `wasteful spending’ in AIDS programs

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While many people at the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting have expressed concern about the global economic crisis hurting AIDS and health budgets, Stefano Bertozzi turned the focus back on AIDS programs today, which he said had too much “wasteful spending’’ and needed to be better run. Bertozzi, executive director of the Center for Evaluation Research […]