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New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 41 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article reporting from a regional meeting in Dakar focused on how gender, maternal and child health, and human rights should be integrated into the new…

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).

Global Health Experts Express Concern Over Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law In Letter To GAC

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a letter sent on Wednesday to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx expressing concern over the impacts of Uganda’s recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Law on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs in the country. Leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society…

Makerere University Walter Reed Project Temporarily Suspends Operations In Uganda

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the operating status of a Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda that was temporarily suspended last week following the arrest of one of its workers by local authorities who say they were operating under the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality…

Pope Supports Chastity As AIDS Prevention Strategy

Associated Press: Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa “Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania…” (4/7).

India Marks 10 Years Of Cost-Free ART Program

LiveMint: Govt HIV treatment program completes 10 years “India completed 10 years of the free antiretroviral treatment (ART) program for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients, now covering 768,000 people. While the first HIV case in India was detected in 1986, about 2.1 million Indians are now living with the AIDS…

Continued Leadership On PEPFAR, Global Fund Critical To Achieving AIDS-Related Goals

“The world has made huge progress against HIV in the past decade, thanks in large part to American leadership. Last week, Congress continued that commitment by confirming Ambassador Deborah Birx as the head of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” Michael Deich, director of policy and government affairs…

Deborah Birx Sworn In As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Media sources report on the swearing in of Deborah Birx as the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. New York Times: New Global AIDS Chief for U.S. Assumes Post “Dr. Deborah Birx, a former chief for global AIDS for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was sworn in on Friday…

U.S.-Funded HIV Project Raided In Uganda Under Country’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on a raid at a U.S.-funded HIV project in Uganda, aimed at enforcing the country’s recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Law. Agence France-Presse: Uganda police raid HIV project for ‘homosexuality training’ “Uganda police raided a U.S.-funded HIV project for ‘training youths in homosexuality,’ the government said, weeks after the…

Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts Of Anti-Gay Laws In Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a recent Capitol Hill briefing at which a panel of experts discussed the public health impacts of emerging laws in Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Population Council Vice President Naomi Rutenberg, Ugandan HIV treatment and gay rights advocate…