During a joint visit to Nigeria this week, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator, encouraged the country to ramp of its efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, Pana/Afrique en ligne reports. At a Monday gathering with Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Sidibe appealed for Nigeria to “use its position to influence African Union’s Declaration on prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV/AIDS,” according to the news service. Also during the gathering, Goosby emphasized the U.S. commitment to a partnership with the Nigerian government to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS (2/23).
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a congressional resolution condemning an anti-gay bill before Uganda’s parliament, “calling it an attack on human rights and an obstacle to battling HIV/AIDS,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The symbolic measure asserts that ‘all people possess an intrinsic human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation, and share fundamental human rights,’ and warns the Ugandan bill, if enacted, ‘would set a troubling precedent,'” the news service writes.
AIDS 2010 Opinions: U.S. Funding for Global HIV/AIDS Programs; Empowering Women, Girls In Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Global Health Leaders Respond ToÂ Recent New York Times’Â Opinion Pieces Two global health leaders respond to AIDS-related opinion pieces in the New York Times letters section. The first letter,Â Ambassador Eric Goosby,Â U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator,Â addresses anÂ opinion piece by Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chairman of the Global AIDS…
Opinions: U.S. Food Aid; MDGs; Contraceptive Access, Technology; U.S. AIDS Funding; Foreign Assistance Reform
Food Aid Hindered Progress Of Democracy In Africa “The best way to help the millions of hungry people in countries that receive food aid get rid of their corrupt and incompetent rulersÂ â€“ and to ensure that their children will never go hungry in future â€” is to starve them now.…
Also In Global Health News: IDUs In Kenya; Haiti Recovery; Pandemic Preparedness; Somalia Hunger; HIV In Mozambique; Strengthening Immune System Against HIV
Kenya Drafts Policy To Address HIV In IDUs In Kenya, “[i]ntravenous drug users (IDUs) have been largely ignored by the government’s HIV programmes on the basis that drug-taking is illegal, but a new policy is being drafted with the aim of reducing HIV transmission among this high-risk group,” IRIN/PlusNews reports.…
Also In Global Health News: AIDS Vaccine Testing; Misoprostol In Pakistan; Russian Wheat Exports; Generic Drugs In Uganda; Poverty In Egypt; Gender-Based Violence In Namibia
Crucell And Harvard To Test Experimental AIDS Vaccine In Uninfected Adults The pharmaceutical company Crucell, in collaboration with Harvard University, “plans to test its experimental AIDS vaccine in the U.S. and in Africa, advancing the quest for a protective shot against” HIV, Bloomberg reports. The trial will test the vaccine…
“Backtracking by international donors in funding for HIV/AIDS may undermine years of progress and is already putting lives at risk,” according to a report (.pdf) released Thursday by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Reuters reports (Kelland, 5/27).
Representatives from the U.S. and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Tuesday signed an agreement to expand PEPFAR programs to 12 other Caribbean nations during a gathering in Georgetown, Guyana, Agence France-Presse reports (5/11).
Opinions: Africans Fight Malaria; Access To AIDS Treatment; Noncommunicable Disease Summit; Maternal, Child Health Efforts
Africans’ Involvement Helps Fight Malaria On The Continent In an East African opinion piece, U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers; Mark Green, the director of the Malaria No More Policy Center; and John Bridgeland, vice chairman of Malaria No More, highlight Africans’ involvement in addressing malaria on the continent.…
On the second day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Graca Machel, founder and president of the Foundation for Community Development, called on African governments to implement strategies aimed at empowering women in order to accelerate the continent’s social and economic development, Tanzania Daily News/allAfrica.com reports.