Robert S. Lawrence, MD, a founding member of PHR and the Chair of PHR's Board of Directors, has been awarded the Sedgwick Memorial Medal at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The medal, considered the APHA's most prestigious award, was presented at a ceremony in Philadelphia on November 10, 2009.
For PHR members in Canada, we'd like to extend an invitation to an important meeting in Toronto on the case of three Sri Lankan doctors detained earlier this year.
Women's health and human rights are finally being promoted and protected by PEPFAR---thanks to the efforts of activists like you. In the 2010 annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance to the field, the Obama administration urged country teams to promote greater coordination between HIV/AIDS programs and family planning and reproductive health.
The debate that pits AIDS funding against other global health funding (for maternal mortality, malaria, etc.) rages on. Just last week, a Boston Globe op-ed began by saying AIDS has received tens of billions, but chronic, non-communicable diseases like cancer are becoming more deadly, without a similar monetary commitment from the US---as if there should be some kind of trade off, with one getting less and another getting more.
NPR's Morning Edition recently reported on a visit to Capitol Hill by the Afghanistan Minister of Health Sayid Fatimie. This short report asked the question: should foreign aid for global health be viewed as a way of helping poor countries or should it serve foreign policy objectives?