There has been considerable progress since my last update on needle exchange and appropriations. The Senate-House conference committee released a 2010 spending package which includes language ending the ban on federal funding of needle exchange and doesn't include the troubling 1,000-foot restriction that was in the original House language.
In June 2009, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution recognizing that maternal death and injury are preventable, unacceptable and a matter of fundamental human rights.Today, on December 10---Human Rights Day---please join us in committing to end maternal mortality, so that women everywhere can enjoy their right to life, health, equality and non-discrimination.
On World AIDS Day 2009 (December 1), the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) released its second 5-year PEPFAR strategy. Months ago, OGAC officials told NGOs that the strategy was not going to be very detailed---more of a 30,000 feet overview---and they meant it.
Right now, in Uganda, the Parliament is considering an "Anti-Homosexuality" Bill that, if passed, would be one of the world's most draconian laws against homosexuality---and a horrifying violation of human rights. Uganda, once the darling of international AIDS circles for its efforts to stop the pandemic, is now becoming a pariah for even considering this bill, which includes the death penalty for "aggrevated homosexuality."
Commemorate World AIDS Day TODAY by joining a nation-wide movement to protect women's rights and promote women's health.