With hearings and debates scheduled in Congress in the coming weeks global AIDS funding is in the news once again. Health Action AIDS Campaign Director Pat Daoust responded to recent coverage in the Boston Globe with a hard-hitting letter to the editor.
Last month President Obama released his detailed budget for Fiscal year 2010. Unfortunately, his budget falls short of what is needed to reach goals outlined in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) reauthorization bill PHR members helped pass last year.
Perhaps the most interesting revelation in Jane Mayer's latest New Yorker article on the CIA and US torture policy comes as an aside, towards the end. Ongoing investigations by PHR and others, including investigative journalists, are discovering disturbing connections between American Psychological Association officials involved in developing the ethics standards governing psychologists' participation in interrogations and those involved in overseeing and facilitating the Bush administration's CIA and US military programs of torture.
On Tuesday, June 9, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held confirmation hearings for Dr. Eric Goosby to serve as Ambassador at Large and US Global AIDS Coordinator. That same day, nearly 6,000 people living with HIV around the world died---as they do every day---due to a lack of access to life-saving treatments.
Janvier Yubahwe, a medical intern at Ruhengeri District Hospital in northern Rwanda, starts his day around 6:30 a.m. with a 15 minute walk to the hospital from his house. Recently, photographer Greg Kendall-Ball and I spent the day at the hospital with Janvier and his colleagues, learning more about the life of a doctor in Rwanda.