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Expanded Mexico City Policy Impacting Access To Health Services, Including HIV Treatment, Prevention, Groups Say

Associated Press: Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
“President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. [global health] funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria, and other diseases, health groups say, calling it ‘devastating’ because Trump went where no administration had gone before. … Health workers say Trump’s expansion of the global gag rule is especially damaging because NGOs increasingly offer a range of services in [rural] communities. Closing an outreach center means that treatment for HIV and other diseases, for both men and women, disappears as well…” (Anna, 1/23).

VICE News: Ugandan sex workers are working without condoms because of Trump administration policy
“Uganda made a bold commitment to end AIDS by 2030, the first pledge of its kind for any country in Africa — or the world. But now that goal may be out of reach, because of cuts in funding from its biggest donor of health aid: the United States. … Trump’s version [of the Mexico City policy goes] a step further saying that any foreign NGO that refuses to comply with the rule risks losing funding for essentially all global health programs. The move has experts seriously concerned about how these cuts will impact programs aimed at reducing HIV and AIDS in some of the hardest hit communities around the world. … VICE News goes to Kampala, Uganda, to speak with sex workers who are struggling to find condoms…” (1/22).

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