Senator Jim Webb recently opined in the New York Times that we can't afford to ignore Myanmar (the official name of Burma since 1989). The senior Democratic senator from Virginia rightly calls for increased engagement with Burma, but for all the wrong reasons.
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.
This video was part of the December 2008 Physicians for Human Rights tribute to Senator Kennedy for his leadership on the right to health. We are saddened to learn of his death. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised to end the travel ban yesterday during her keynote address at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. She thanked the 21,000 people who submitted comments in support of lifting the ban---many of them PHR supporters---and said HHS is going through the comments now.
Thanks to all of you who sent in comments urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to end the HIV travel ban. Your voices were heard loud and clear. The count, as of last Thursday, was 18,997 comments in favor of ending the ban, the majority of which were generated by PHR and Human Rights Campaign.