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.
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."
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.
Commemorate World AIDS Day TODAY by joining a nation-wide movement to protect women's rights and promote women's health.