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Leaving Windhoek—The Inequality of Life and Death in Namibia

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was walking the wide roads of downtown Windhoek, Namibia.

Preventing AIDS Deaths Need Not Be a Fight: A Health Systems Approach

Whatever the disease or health sector of priority—be it HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, labor and delivery, or pneumonia—six components of the health system must be functioning and integrated in order for health impacts to be maximized.

Treatment 2.0: Aspirations for Invigorating the Global HIV/AIDS Response

Two weeks ago, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released Treatment 2.0, the latest global strategy for making HIV treatment more efficient, accessible, and effective.

The Mixed Messages of AIDS 2010

If the world economic outlook were brighter, AIDS 2010 might be viewed as a turning point in the global HIV response. The conference, which wrapped up last Friday, was the stage for the...

Bottlenecks: Addressing the AIDS Epidemic Through Increasing Human Resources for Health

In a world where over 33 million people are living with AIDS it is imperative to address the human resources for health (HRH) crisis.

Rights Here, Right Now: HIV/AIDS Progress is Just as Real as the Funding Cuts

Global progress on HIV/AIDS is real: 5.2 million people are receiving antiretroviral therapy in middle-income and resource-poor countries, which is remarkable if you look at where we were five or ten years ago.

Keep it Together at AIDS 2010: Moving Beyond the Pitfalls of False Dichotomies

Let’s face it: we’re in one of the worst economic crises we’ve seen in decades, and HIV funding has flat-lined.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Resilience of Health Workers in the Face of HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is the health crisis that truly galvanized international attention. But it wasn’t always this way.

Reporting from Ethiopia: Women Supporting Each Other in Living with HIV

Earlier this week, I wrote about realities of childbirth in rural Ethiopia, of seeing a woman in agonizing labor, a woman suffering from obstetric fistula, and the dream of another young woman, Zanab, of becoming a fistula doctor.

Why Advocate for PMTCT? Because it Works.

IntraHealth worked with Ethiopian community organizations to set up Mothers’ Support Groups, so that women living with HIV can support each other in living healthy lives and, if pregnant, taking steps to ensure their babies are born virus-free. This is the story of Meaza Asefa, a Mothers’ Support Group member.

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