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UNAIDS Discusses Progress Against Discriminatory Laws, Criminalization

UNAIDS: Charting progress against discrimination “Criminalization affects access to health services, housing, education, social protection, and employment. The criminalization of same-sex sexual relationships, sex work, or drug use prevents people from accessing health care services, including HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. … Countries that decriminalize drug use and make harm…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 360 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features several articles, including a joint opinion piece written by the heads of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, STOP TB…

U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Announces Commission On Unalienable Rights, Raising Concern Among Some Groups, Lawmakers

Associated Press: Trump administration reviews human rights’ role in U.S. policy “The Trump administration said Monday that it will review the role of human rights in American foreign policy, appointing a commission expected to elevate concerns about religious freedom and abortion…” (Tucker, 7/8). Deutsche Welle: U.S. sets up commission for…

More News In Global Health

Devex: It’s the end of ‘easy solutions’ in global health, Peter Piot says (Cheney, 7/8). Devex: Q&A: Bringing women’s rights into the finance discussion (Donback, 7/8). Devex: In quest for UHC, Kenya faces pharmacy regulation battles (Langat, 7/5). The Economist: Attack of the superbugs: July 2041 (7/6). The Economist: Armed…

Upholding Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights Critical To Ensuring Human Rights

POPSUGAR: How the Trump Administration’s Attack on Human Rights Is Spreading Globally Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) “…The Trump administration has systematically attempted to undermine the global consensus on [sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)] since 2017. … These attacks on SRHR…

More News In Global Health

BBC News: Ecuador’s top court approves same-sex marriage (6/13). Christian Science Monitor: For Afghan midwife, saving women’s lives is a lifelong passion (Peterson, 6/13). The Economist: Drone deliveries are advancing in health care (6/15). The Guardian: Uganda jails hundreds of men for sex offenses against women and girls (Okiror, 6/13).…

Slate Examines Evangelical Christian Influence On Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy

Slate: The God Doctrine “The Trump administration’s foreign policy really isn’t consistent enough to be placed into any single ideological camp. … [T]here is one group that’s consistently and effectively — if quietly — pushing its foreign policy agenda in Donald Trump’s Washington: evangelical Christians. … The influence of evangelical…

Botswana High Court Unanimously Overturns Colonial-Era Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality

New York Times: Botswana’s High Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex “Botswana’s High Court ruled on Tuesday to overturn colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality, a decision hailed by activists as a significant step for gay rights on the African continent. … Three judges voted unanimously to revoke the laws, which they said…

Devex Examines PEPFAR’s Plans To Cut Funding In Kenya, Tanzania

Devex: What’s behind PEPFAR’s funding cut threats? “As it wraps up its latest funding round, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is prepared to introduce unprecedented cuts to country programs in sub-Saharan Africa, designed to spur domestic policy changes and programmatic improvements. But observers warn that if enacted, the…