For too long the United States had in place a federal law prohibiting those infected with HIV from entering the US--unless special permission was given. Scientific evidence, even calls by sitting and past Surgeon Generals, did nothing to reverse the law.
As of today, the global health community has secured seven co-sponsors for the Global HEALTH Act: Reps. John Conyers (MI), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Keith Ellison (MN), John Garamendi (CA), Fortney Pete Stark (CA) and Diane Watson (CA).
The article "Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5," released in The Lancet last week, records a global reduction in maternal mortality rates.
You are not the only one encouraging your Congressperson to co-sponsor the Global HEALTH Act. Representative Barbara Lee sent a letter to all her Congressional colleagues last week, urging them to support the bill.
The health workforce crisis in Uganda is immense. Uganda is reportedly losing at least 1,400 skilled professionals each year, and there are only 29,000 medical personnel in a country of 31 million people.