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Ding Dong the Ban is Dead

12/14/2009

That is the tune being sung through harm reduction networks. I write to share very exciting news.Yesterday Congress ended the 22-year-old ban on federal funding of syringe exchange.

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Congress Heard Us!

12/11/2009

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.

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On Human Rights Day, Commit to End Maternal Mortality

12/10/2009

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.

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Uganda's Draft "Anti-Homosexuality" Bill: PEPFAR Funding in Jeopardy?

12/08/2009

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."

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Breaking News: PHR Analysis of Newly Released PEPFAR II Strategy

12/08/2009

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.

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