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2/21/2014 - Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria
The government of Nigeria's Delta State commissioned a 100-bed maternal and childcare center at the Warri Central Hospital last week....

2/18/2014 - Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December. The bill was originally introduced in 2009 with a death penalty provision for some "homosexual acts," but it was delayed because of international uproar and the threat of a loss of aid from several nations....

1/21/2014 - First Woman Nominated to Lead Global US HIV/AIDS Programs
President Obama has nominated Dr....

12/18/2013 - Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report last week detailing how aggressive police harassment and the consideration of condoms as evidence of prostitution may be worsening Louisiana's HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in New Orleans. "Sex workers, transgender women and others at high risk of HIV infection told us that they were afraid to carry condoms and that they sometimes had to engage in sex without protection out of fear of police harassment," the report explains. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the state's AIDS death rate is over two times the national average....

12/11/2013 - Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World
Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them. "The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement....

12/6/2013 - Report Explores Impact of Unsafe Abortion on Women and Families in Uganda
Research completed by the Guttmacher Institute and released this week exposes the considerable financial toll taken on Ugandan women and their families when they pursue unsafe abortions....

12/3/2013 - President Obama Announces HIV Cure Initiative
US President Barack Obama announced the launch of The HIV Cure Initiative yesterday, a $100 million investment in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research into a cure to HIV/AIDS....

12/2/2013 - World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS
Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. "We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad," said US President Barack Obama in a statement....

11/26/2013 - Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
Date: November-26-13 Contact: Megan Perry Phone: (703) 522-2214 Email: mperry@feminist.org The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

11/26/2013 - Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

11/21/2013 - Updates to PEPFAR Increase Oversight, Funding for Children
Congress passed the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 on Tuesday, reaffirming and strengthening its commitment to reducing global HIV/AIDS....

11/11/2013 - UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights
Two recently released United Nations reports emphasize the importance of women's access to and control over land to their ability to protect human rights. Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS....

10/25/2013 - Head of US Global AIDS Program to Step Down
United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby is expected to step down from his position by the end of the year....

10/18/2013 - Malawi Launches Campaign with UNFPA to Promote Condom Use
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Malawi government launched a new national campaign to promote condom use among young people as an HIV/AIDS prevention measure....

9/25/2013 - UN Report Shows Reductions in Global AIDS
A United Nations report released Monday shows reductions in the number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, as well as significant progress towards reaching the 2015 UN Millenium Development Goal on HIV. The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS finds that new HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001....

9/23/2013 - Maternal Mortality Down 50 Percent in Republic of Congo
Over the past 10 years, the Republic of Congo has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by 50 percent and, if progress continues at this rate, may reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015....

9/5/2013 - IPPF Study Finds Need to Integrate HIV and Family Planning Services
In early August, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) published a five-year research project looking into the cost, quality, health benefits and stigma reduction of integrating HIV programs and sexual and reproductive health service programs in Kenya, Malawi, and Swaziland....

7/9/2013 - LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home
Many gay, lesbian, and HIV-positive Somali refugees now fear persecution, jail, and even death sentences upon their return home after fleeing to Kenya to avoid harsh punishmentsharsh punishments under Sharia law....

6/21/2013 - Supreme Court Deems Anti-Prostitution Clause Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday with a six-justice majority that the "Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath" (APLO) in the 2003 United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria act violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional....

5/9/2013 - North Carolina Legislature To Consider 'Abortion Risk' Bill
The North Carolina Senate Health Committee passed a bill yesterday that would require that students are told that having an abortion is a significant risk factor for later pre-term births....

4/22/2013 - Global Heroes Honored in LA
An Afghan rapper....

3/1/2013 - Openly Gay MS Mayoral Candidate Found Dead
Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillan of Clarksdale, Mississippi, was found dead on Wednesday in what authorities have ruled is a homicide....

2/12/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will abdicate his position on February 28....

1/9/2013 - West Virginia Legislature Launching New Sex Ed Committee
Lawmakers in West Virginia are forming a subcommittee to look at possible new sex education policies the state can implement in order to address the high numbers of teenagers who do not use birth control in the state. The panel convened on Monday to review statistics about sexual activity among middle school and high school students....

11/5/2012 - Malawi Suspends Criminalization of Homosexuality as Laws are Debated
In Malawi, a law against homosexuality has been suspended and the police have been ordered to stop arresting gay people pending a decision by parliament as to whether to repeal the law....