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‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

Stigma Contributes To Men’s Theft Of HIV Drugs From Wives In Uganda

Key Correspondents: Ugandan men steal AIDS drugs from wives “Ugandan men who are living with HIV but are not open about their status are stealing antiretroviral medication from their wives who get the drugs from health facilities. A report released on 19 December 2013 by The AIDS Support Organization (TASO),…

UNAIDS Ready To Join Lawsuit Challenging Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law

BuzzFeed: UNAIDS Is ‘Prepared’ To Join Lawsuit Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, Top Official Says “Luiz Loures, deputy director of UNAIDS and assistant secretary general of the United Nations, said Wednesday that UNAIDS is ready to join a lawsuit filed in a Ugandan court on Tuesday challenging the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act…”…

Virtual Doctors Could Help Improve Uganda’s Health Care System

VOA News: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care? “A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda’s poorly staffed health centers could be huge…” (Heuler, 3/12).

U.S. Foundation Supports Obstetric Fistula Treatment In Africa, South Asia

VOA News: U.S. Foundation Supports Fistula Treatment in Africa “For hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, obstructed childbirth leads to a life of pain and, in many cases, public shame and isolation. … For the half-million women now suffering obstetric fistula, surgery…

Ugandan Human Rights Activists Working To Overturn Anti-Gay Law

Inter Press Service: Anti-Gay Law Will be Overturned Say Uganda’s Campaigners “Human rights campaigners who filed a recent legal petition against Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law believe that they have a compelling case for its nullification. … On Tuesday, Mar. 11, a coalition of campaigners filed a petition with Uganda’s Constitutional…

Research Collaborations Can Improve Health Care, Policy In Africa

PLOS Medicine: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations Kathryn Chu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Sudha Jayaraman of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; and Patrick Kyamanywa and Georges Ntakiyiruta of the University of Rwanda “…Global health partnerships and international research collaborations have enormous potential to improve…

Drug-Resistant TB Becoming More Widespread In S. Africa

Inter Press Service: South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB “Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment…” (Bosworth, 3/12).

Ugandan Activists Petition Anti-Gay Law In Court

News outlets report on the continued controversy surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Reuters: Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality law “Ugandans opposed to a new anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences have filed a constitutional petition alleging that the law violates fundamental rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Act metes…