While the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continue to decrease, it is still important that countries nationwide take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola and other infections. Through programs like Massachusetts Ebola Virus Monitoring Project, travelers can be sure that the reporting process goes as smoothly as possible so that they and their communities remain healthy.
Nino Berdzuli, Chief of Party of the SUSTAIN project in Georgia, blogs on the findings of the recent reproductive age mortality studies (RAMOS), which show a 40% decline in maternal mortality in the country between 2006-2012.
In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the AIDS.gov project reminds women that many preventive health services, including free HIV and other STI testing, is covered under the Affordable Care Act.
Since 2004, we have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to improve HIV prevention services for high-risk and racial/ethnic minority populations.
Does the decline in abortion rates indicate better reproductive health choices and outcomes for women? And if so, how do we continue to build on this success?
While growing up in Jos, Nigeria, one of my important mentors, Mary Beth Oyebade, started the Mashiah Foundation with her husband to support HIV+ women and widows. Their dedication to meeting the clear needs they saw showed me how relevant and important holistically addressing HIV/AIDS is in Nigeria. I just knew I was going to become a doctor.
I remember first hearing about HIV in one my MPH classes at UCLA in the fall of 1982. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was a new disease outbreak reported by CDC the summer before, after one of UCLA’s medical school faculty reported the syndrome in a group of five gay men in Los Angeles. It sounded like just another esoteric disease that might show up on one of our quizzes, so I spelled it out in my notebook, never once imagining that this disease might eventually become one of the world’s greatest public health and moral challenges of our time.
Can we achieve the end of AIDS? As someone who barely remembers a world without HIV, I admit I’ve been skeptical of such aspirations. But after the first day of the International AIDS Conference, I’m daring to believe that we just might be able to “turn the tide” in this 30-year battle against HIV.
While teen birth rates in the United States have been in decline over the past two decades, the rates are still the highest among developed countries—and by a substantial margin. When we look at the statistics within minority communities, we see that much of that wide margin is due to disparities between white and minority communities
Writing from the 2011 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), Juli Powers, JSI, says, “This was the first conference where I sat in the audience and listened as multiple individuals not only shared a vision for the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but made me believe that it is possible within our lifetime.” Life is about those defining moments – and perhaps most importantly, what we do with them. I was reminded not only how far we have come, but that there is hope that the end of the epidemic is within our reach.