Deeply entrenched gender inequities perpetuate the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Botswana and Swaziland,the two countries with the highest HIV prevalence in the world.10 The legal systems in both countries grant women lesser status than men, restricting property, inheritance and other rights.
Belarus, which fails to cooperate with United Nations human rights mechanisms and has one of the worst human rights records in Europe, is running for election to the Human Rights Council from the Eastern European Group. We write to urge your government to commit itself to opposing Belarus' election to the Council, and to encourage other governments to also oppose Belarus.
A speech given by PHR Executive Director Leonard Rubenstein at the 20th anniversary celebration of Physicians for Human Rights, held October 21, 2006, at Boston Public Library.
Stigma and discrimination are critical factors in the spread of HIV/AIDS. Health care professionals face enormous challenges in addressing this problem in society and within the health sector.
In Africa, a mere 3% of the world's trained health workers struggle to combat 24% of the global disease burden. The World Health Organization estimates that sub-Saharan Africa is suffering a shortage of more than 800,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives, and an overall shortfall of nearly 1.5 million health workers.