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Blogs Discuss Effects Of Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

Several blogs discuss the effects of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday. Managing Editor Mark Leon Goldberg writes in a U.N. Dispatch blog post about why the U.S. should not cut aid to Uganda (2/24). Ben Shepherd, associate fellow in the Africa Program…

Western Countries Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets continue to report on reactions to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law this week by President Yoweri Museveni. Associated Press: Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care “…Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected…

Guardian Expert Panel Explores Ways To Help Refugees

The Guardian: From Syria to Central African Republic, how to invest in refugees “As scenes from Syria’s Yarmouk camp shock the world, our expert panel explores the ways the development community can go beyond meeting basic needs in refugee camps…” (Scott, 2/26).

Antibiotic Resistance Poses New Public Health Threat In Africa

VOA News: Antibiotics Overuse is Price of Success in Africa Malaria Fight “As malaria rates decline across much of Africa, a new study seeks to fight another problem. Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing concern as antibiotics have become the automatic choice for treating a child with a fever…” (Baragona, 2/26).

Health Systems Struggle To Keep Pace With Niger’s Progress In Reducing Child Deaths

IRIN: Niger’s ‘remarkable’ progress in reducing child deaths “Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing infant mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth, and low…

AIDS-Free World Directors Ask For Removal Of U.N. Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Paula Donovan and Stephen Lewis, co-directors of AIDS-Free World, state, “We write to you out of deep concern regarding Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the wake of Uganda’s passage of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s…

South Africa’s Progress Against HIV/AIDS Seeing Benefits

In a post in the Council on Foreign Relation’s “Africa in Transition” blog, John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, discusses South Africa’s progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. “…The payoff can be seen in South Africa’s significant increase in life expectancy, from 54 years in…

Report Suggests Western Nations Compensate African Nations For HCW Training

Humanosphere examines a new report (.pdf) on health workforce and capacity that says that since “Western nations are benefiting from the migration of skilled health professionals trained in Africa … Western countries should pay back the poor countries for the training. One of the challenges to health in sub-Saharan African…

African Leaders Have Obligation To Protect Citizens, Including Those In LGBT Communities

New York Times: Antigay Laws in Africa Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at Amnesty International USA “The new antigay law in Uganda is alarming and, sadly, not shocking. … [I]t follows the passage of similar legislation in Nigeria and fits within a growing trend that Amnesty International reported…

Global Community Must ‘Keep Going’ To Create AIDS-Free Future

In a guest post for the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Naomi Rutenberg, vice president and director for HIV/AIDS at the Population Council, asserts that even in light of recent political developments and anti-gay measures, “creating an AIDS-free future is contingent on addressing the discrimination that has…