Africa / Faith and religion

Resignation adds uncertainty to Aids battle in Uganda

Prof. Vinand M. Nantulya has resigned as chairman of a Ugandan health policy panel that makes crucial decisions about the country’s anti-Aids projects, including those that often have excluded LGBTI Ugandans from receiving HIV services in the past. During Nantulya’s four years on the panel, people most at risk for HIV infection at last gained … Continue reading

Africa

Hurrah! Uganda prepares to rein in anti-gay anti-Aids agency

A Ugandan LGBTI rights activist who is close to the nation’s troubled fight against HIV/Aids was cheered by yesterday’s parliamentary report recommending a change for the Uganda Aids Commission — a change that he expects will be adopted through an amendment to the law that established that agency. Because of the sensitivity of the political … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Europe

LGBTI briefs: Stigma and HIV in Africa, India, Russia

News briefs about LGBTI-related health issues in countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI news. Involving LGBTI people in the fight against Aids In South Africa, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV brought together health workers, government officials, and advocates to discuss HIV needs … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Fighting AIDS with rural LGBTI, sex workers in Uganda

News from the front lines of Uganda’s fight against Aids among  some of the nation’s most stigmatized and most at-risk groups: Signs of a change of heart by Ugandan government officials. Continued vocal opposition to LGBTI people and sex workers from conservative religious leaders, but some willingness to talk about how to stop excluding those … Continue reading

Africa

LGBT Ugandans to share in $226 million for health care

Unlike the recent past, LGBT Ugandans will be eligible for health care services funded by newly received grants totaling more than $225 million, says Kikonyogo Kivumbi, who serves on a key Uganda’s health policy panel. On that board, known as the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism, Kivumbi is the elected representative for LGBT people, sex workers, … Continue reading