What We’re Reading: An HIV Strategy, Maternal Health in Uganda, and Data Collection in Kenya

By Jane Coaston | July 19, 2013

Men outside of an HIV clinic in Kenya. EGPAF is supporting a new program to help track patients at a health center in Kenya and keep clients receiving treatment for HIV and other infectious diseases.

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This week, we’re understanding more about HIV care in the United States, learning about how EGPAF is using data to help patients stay in treatment, exploring the connection between AIDS and development issues, and reading about potential obstacles for male circumcision in Africa.

Huffington Post – “The HIV Care Continuum Initiative: The Next Step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy”  U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius joined Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett to write this piece about how the federal government will work to provide HIV care and support for people living with the virus in the United States.

EGPAF – “Using Data to Keep Clients on Path to Health” In Kenya, EGPAF is supporting a project to help clinics track patients and help keep clients in treatment for HIV and other infectious diseases. By using a new follow-up system, the Rabuor Health center successfully traced 82 percent of its clients, helping 93 percent return to treatment.

All Africa – “Uganda: How to Promote Maternal Health in UgandaUganda faces extreme health challenges beyond HIVSave the Children ranked it as one of the most difficult places to be a mother. In this piece, the author focuses on potential solutions to Uganda’s maternal mortality crisis, including increasing awareness about the dangers of childbirth and involving men in conversations about reproductive health.

The Body – “Day One with HIV: “The Most Agonizing Wait of My Life” In this piece, Matong, a 41-year old Kenyan man living with HIV, shares the story about the day he was diagnosed with HIV following the loss of his wife and baby to AIDS. Now undergoing treatment and with a new wife and four children, Matong reflects on that painful day and why he decided to share his positive status.

EGPAF – “Intense Discussions in Abuja Part of Push to Keep HIV, Malaria, and TB High on Development Agenda” At the Abuja+12 Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, EGPAF’s Rhoda Igweta took part in high-level discussions about the future of development on the African continent and progress on commitments in twelve health-related areas, including HIV and maternal and child health. In this blog, Rhoda shares her thoughts on the meeting and its outcomes.

AIDSMap –“Medical male circumcision campaigns face cultural challenges in southern Africa” Adult male circumcision has been shown to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV by up to 60 percent, but there has been some pushback in countries where circumcision butts up against traditional practices, cultural norms, and concerns about privacy. In this piece, the authors detail concerns from both local communities and experts about the effectiveness of adult male circumcision in the fight to eliminate HIV.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.