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The Centre for the Oversight of LGBT and HIV Rights in Peru: a strategy to improve the Situation of Human Rights of Key Affected Populations

Posted 13 June 2014, 05:12 A, by Guest

By Carlos F Caceres, Professor of Public Health at UPCH and Director of IESSDEH in Lima

We have several years of experience working against discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans populations (LGBT), and people living with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA). Based on our experience and research on this issue, the IESSDEH (Institute for Health Studies, Sexuality and Human Development at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia) has implemented a Centre for the Oversight of LGBT and HIV Rights (Observatorio de Derechos LGBT y VIH/Sida) to record and report complaints of rights violations against LGBT and PLWHA people. The Centre is responsible for collecting and systematizing complaints from LGBT and PLWHA populations in order to a) make these complaints and violations visible; b) promote and support action from the State and communities to end those negative practices; and c) help educate the public about the existence of these violations and the need for collective action against them in an inclusive, democratic society. More...

My role as an academic in the HIV response for marginalized populations

Posted 05 June 2014, 08:42 A, by Guest

By Stefan Baral MD MPH FRCPC

The best type of HIV-related epidemiology and prevention science research is that which generates data that is responsive to the needs of key stakeholders. In the context of the HIV response, this involves the inclusion of the community, governments, and international normative and funding agencies. My role as an academic is to synthesize existing data and collect new data where necessary, to help inform effective HIV prevention, treatment and care responses for key populations. While we continue advances in the prevention, treatment, and care arenas, there are also several policy issues that need to be addressed, including defining the roles and responsibilities of governments, funders, communities and programmers when it comes to ensuring sustained and evidence-based responses for key populations in stigmatizing settings. And while academia has traditionally been less likely to engage in the policy arena, it is impossible to meaningfully serve key populations in challenging settings without ensuring that the work that one does can meaningfully inform the policy debate. Data can and should be used for advocacy in order to improve the health and rights of the people we ultimately aim to serve. More...

I have not been silenced

Posted 27 May 2014, 05:23 A, by Guest

By Dr. Paul Semugoma, Ugandan gay rights activist and medical doctor

As I write these lines, I remember how far we have come and how far we still have to go. I recognize the many barriers that we face, despite the tremendous need to overcome them, and the sad fact that some of these barriers come from within us.

In early 2004, having finished medical school and a stint up-country in a war zone that left an indelible imprint on my mind, I found myself in a good place – working in a nice, secure job in Kampala, having accepted my sexuality. I am a gay man. I realized that wishing it away was nothing short of delusional.

I had also found Kampala’s gay community – Kuchus, as we call ourselves. More...

We Have Consensus Houston

Posted 03 April 2014, 05:51 A, by Guest

By Michel D. Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General‘s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, published in the Huffington Post

One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world with clear consensus statements on what science tells us today on drugs and harm reduction.

The statements were presented in short and clearly articulated presentations at the opening of the High Level segment of the CND meeting. Although one scientific representative from the Russian Federation disassociated herself with the final conclusions, the statements certainly reflect a strong consensus in the scientific community. More...