Helping Health Workers Work with Mobile Money

The HealthKeepers Network (HKN) shows how mobile money has changed the way patients make payments in rural communities.

The three ‘senses’: combining evidence, community activism, and policy to improve maternal health

It’s the end of the second day of the conference now, and my thoughts have crystallized further on the theme of, “How do we produce more in the results space? How do we make real and significant progress?”

Impressions from Arusha: A call to action to improve health care for women and end preventable maternal mortality world wide

There is something ceaseless and timelessness in resplendent Arusha, Tanzania, the venue of the second Global Maternal Health Conference. Not so in the hallways of the conference meeting where a sense of urgency to do more for maternal health is evidently palpable. I was struck by three main impressions.

The power of expression—artistic response to HIV at AIDS 2012

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, art has provided a channel for expressing love, loss, stigma, community, and activism. Think Keith Haring, Bill T. Jones, Larry Kramer, among others. The Names Project (also known as the AIDS Quilt) provided an artistic forum for the communal response to the personal, devastating losses to AIDS—many of the estimated 48,000 panels covered the National Mall in Washington this week.

JSI takes on South by Southwest Interactive

Originally a music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown into a sprawling annual event that brings together film, music, and emerging technology. Over the course of 10 days, thinkers, doers, and early adopters descend upon Austin, Texas, to share and exchange ideas, show off what they’ve been creating, or just to see what the … Continue reading “JSI takes on South by Southwest Interactive”

World AIDS Day 2011: Looking at a Year of Change

World AIDS  Day.  It is that time of  year again when attention focuses on the response to HIV, looking back at progress made and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.  Much of the attention this year is positive, highlighting the unique opportunities before us.  The UNAIDS annual report puts forward the lofty, but … Continue reading “World AIDS Day 2011: Looking at a Year of Change”

Using Our Competencies and Compassion to Defeat HIV

Elena Thomas Faulkner, JSI, shares how this year’s USCA challenges us to move forward in the fight against HIV “with new hope and energy” and why we must remember that we can’t eliminate HIV without continuing to address the stigma and challenges that have nothing to do with the exciting emerging science of HIV treatment. The focus on the most vulnerable, and the competencies, compassion, and advocacy that have brought us this far in the fight are just as important as we move toward a future in which HIV is defeated.

The Nexus of HIV Prevention and Care

Arguing, bantering, and…throwing paper balls at each other?! Read more from Juli Powers about one HIV care strategy session at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference, and why things are different this year.

HIV Prevention: A New Beginning?

Stewart Landers writes from the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference, “It feels a bit ironic to be blogging for the first time from the National HIV Prevention Conference on the same day that the Boston Globe publicized the drastic budget cuts that the Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Office has made to its very successful HIV prevention programs. At the same time, the notion of “a new beginning” for HIV prevention, despite the new austerity, has been very much at the heart of the opening day of this meeting.”