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Going To Africa. Hope I Don’t Get AIDS….. I’m White” –

From: Yona Maro

A US public relations executive has provoked a storm of online protest for writing a Twitter comment about Aids in Africa.

Justine Sacco, who works for the media company InterActiveCorp (IAC), wrote: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get Aids. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Ms Sacco’s account has now been deleted. IAC responded by saying the “outrageous, offensive comment” did not reflect the company’s views and values. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action,” the IAC said in a statement to the media blog Valleywag.

IAC is the parent company of,, CollegeHumour,, OkCupid, The Daily Beast,, Vimeo, and, a dating site for African-Americans.

Source: BBC

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from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

Clare is a second year medical student from Kenya and she writes: “Beste tomorrow is World Aids Day and I just read a shocking report by World Health Organization (WHO) that more than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission.

In addition, millions more adolescents are at risk of infection. The failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted in a 50 percent increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in this group compared with the 30 percent decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012.

Here in Kenya religious leaders have opposed a proposal by Family Health Options Kenya that primary school pupils be issued with contraceptives for protection against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies. The group, which deals with reproductive health, wants contraceptives such as condoms to be introduced in schools to promote safe sex.

Because of its seriousness can religious leaders allow the popular saying in ethics that the end justifies the means to be applied to save the lives of our young generations from dying of Aids?”

No Clare, I don’t think so because the “ends justifying the means” usually involving doing something wrong to achieve a positive end and justifying the wrongdoing by pointing to a good outcome is not the end in itself.

Another might be justifying the abortion to save the student from being discontinued from school. Taking an innocent life is morally wrong even if that was done good intention to help the student pursue her career.

The national chairman of the Inter-Religious Peace Foundation of Kenya, Bishop Joseph Maisha, argued that the introduction of contraceptives to school-going children would fuel teenage sex in the country.

Bishop Maisha argues that the Ten Commandments make it clear that murder, adultery, stealing, lying and greed are unacceptable in God’s eyes and He makes no “escape clause” for motivation or rationalization.

In other words, Bishop Maisha is trying to pass a clear message that only those who do not know God may be forced to justify their means to an end, but those who claim to be children of God have no reason whatsoever to break one of God’s commandments.

This proposal by Family Health Options Kenya comes after the recent Government report which revealed that girls as early as eight years were engaging in active sex and they risk getting infected and becoming pregnant.

Those who lobby for this means to be applied argue that the use of condoms is justified in order to stem the spread of disease and save the lives of young generation.

According to the report, HIV rates in Kenya are much higher for women than for men. This gender differential is particularly pronounced for young women aged 15 to 24 years, who are four times more likely to contract HIV than young men in the same age group.

The HIV prevalence rate for adult women is almost double that for men. This represents a female-to-male ratio of 1.9 to 1.0, the highest in Africa.

Despite the significantly higher prevalence rate among women in Kenya, however, the data also show that more men are sexually active than women. This trend is particularly pronounced for 15 to 19 year girls, 37 percent of which have had sex and carry an HIV prevalence of 2.7 percent, compared with 44 percent of boys who have had sex with a rate of less than one percent.Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ
UN Disarmament
Conference, 2002

Kenyan patients being used as guinea pigs by researchers

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

If these patients are not informed to the extend they are making informed choices that they accept to offer their bodies to be used as guinea pigs by researchers, then this act is a serious crime against humanity and it is a violation and abuse of the same.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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Kenyan patients being used as guinea pigs by researchers

Updated Tuesday, September 10th 2013 at 12:36 GMT +3


Thousands of desperate Kenyan patients are being used as guinea pigs in a thriving multibillion-drug industry with some trials contravening the country’s laws and the international drugs-trial protocols.

A Dutch NGO, Somo, has released a report, Clinical Trials in Kenya, which says some of this research is conducted by individuals, especially university researchers working on their theses. The experiments conducted often raise ethical issues, especially when safety protocals are ignored.

The specialists say the problem is being compounded when desperate Kenyans diagnosed with cancer or HIV volunteer for trials solely to gain access to medicine and treatment.

Those carrying out the trials include poorly-paid university researchers and doctors who willingly use new drugs on patients upon being promised money, or an agreement for further studies in elite institutions outside the country.

The major risk factor here is bio-terrorism where the country could be exposed to harmful substances or even diseases worse than Aids. Those involved include renowned Kenyan professionals, who apart from working for drug companies, authorise the smuggling of medical samples such as blood and body part organs for study outside the country. The cartel is said to include high-level government officials.

“I know that a lot of our doctors and researchers participate, either knowingly or through orders of their superiors, in administering unapproved drugs on patients,” said a lead researcher who accepted to talk so long as he was not named.

“Also, Kenyans, especially those with HIV, are signing up for clinical trials because they think they may somehow end up being cured. Research is big business in this country.”

Moses Otsyula, now head of virology at Kenya’s Institute of Primate Research, raised the red flag a few years ago when he filed a lawsuit against Oxford University and eight British scientists, alleging fraud and theft of samples and research materials, which were ferried outside the country.


Otsyula was reported in a UK newspaper as saying British researchers “stole” samples of blood and computer data from Kenya’s Nyumbani orphanage where some HIV-positive children had defied expectations by surviving for many years without medication.

Lead researcher Rowland-Jones refuted the claims, saying her team had the necessary permissions for their research, and that any confusion about the status of ethical approval was accidental,

Currently, tens of trials are ongoing in Kenya, mostly by public research institutes with donor funding and a smaller number by multi-national pharmaceutical corporations with local counterparts. These are agencies and institutions working in HIV and Aids vaccine research and development, including IAVI, the NIH-sponsored HIV and Aids Vaccine Trials Network, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Walter Reed Project, the Medical Research Council UK, Wellcome Trust, the French Agency for Research on Aids, the Harvard Aids Institute and the European Union. Due to limited transparency, a complete overview of the trials has not been established.

Research procedures in the developed world are complex, elaborate and stringent, as they should be, if it involves bringing in new drugs to help people in need. Unfortunately, this is not happening in Kenya, says Johannes Odhiambo, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

“Although in theory, the application and clearance process in research is clear, there is limited coordination and communication among the national regulators, individual research institutes, so relevant ministries might cause substantial variation in review procedures.”

The country continues to experience a number of controversial issues over drug development for HIV, some concerning the ethical conduct of trials and some revolving around issues of ownership of intellectual property. A number of recent incidences have been exposed, while many other cases go unnoticed.

The first major ethical issue involved the Majengo case. In this incident, the University of Nairobi and University of Manitoba in Canada researchers followed a group of prostitutes in this area of Nairobi, who remained HIV-negative despite long exposure to HIV-positive men. They were hoping to discover what has kept the women HIV-negative and use their findings to develop a HIV vaccine.


The researchers worked with the Majengo prostitutes for more than 15 years, but later, some of these women, thought to be immune to HIV became infected. It was later reported that a specific cell mechanism in their bodies had kept these women free from infection.

The biggest complaint that came out of the Majengo case study and published in Canadian newspapers was that the prostitutes used in the study were exploited by researchers and had little to show for their contribution to science.

So while science is used as the bait, it is the desire to proft from these experiments that motivate researchers, experts say.

“It’s true, drug companies and donors in the past used some researchers to do their dirty work due to our lop-sided process. Today, every institution has a regulatory guideline. But others may still want to participate in an illegality for money,” said Odhiambo. “They also don’t have any ownership of material.”

In another recent example, a lead researcher warned Kenyans against being duped by experts who claimed he had found a cure for Aids after two patients allegedly turned negative when the doctor administered methotrexate — an anti-cancer treatment drug — and a cocktail of other drugs.

Dr Patrick Orege of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Kisumu and also a former director of the National Aids Control Council says methotrexate has known serious side effects on those who use it. Furthermore, it is not clear how many patients had used the drug before the two claimed they were cured of HIV. There is no evidence to suggest that it was put through scientific clinical trials and the findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Experts worry that research guidelines that exists are being overlooked.

“Good science should be able to protect the public from a drug’s potentially dangerous side effects. What we are seeing in Kenya is a lot of abuse by researchers who sometimes give patients toxic drugs with serious side effects. This should not be happening,” said Dr Orege.

In an incident dubbed “Cellphone data mining breakthrough technology,” researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Kemri admitted they used unauthorised data to conduct a survey on how malaria spreads in Kenya without informing the participants, which is unethical going by international research protocols.

A statement posted on the university’s website says between June 2008 and June 2009, the researchers mapped every call or text made by each of 14,816,521 Kenyan mobile phone subscribers to one of 11,920 cell towers located in 692 different settlements.

The other incident is the Asembo Bay Cohort Project where pregnant women in a 15-village study area were enrolled without their knowledge, and monitored at monthly intervals until the final month of gestation when weekly visits were conducted. It recorded an abnormally high neonatal mortality which researchers equated to high HIV prevalence.

And it does not end there. In 2001, a bitter row erupted between the owners of a Nairobi HIV and Aids orphanage and a researcher at Kenya’s Institute of Primate Research over blood samples which were allegedly collected from the minors and siphoned off to Oxford University in the UK.

A researcher who exposed the scandal said the director of the home had been bleeding HIV-positive children with the help of interns from the UK in exchange for money for the institution.

Another study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, which reportedly involved the Kenya Medical Research Institute, was later disowned by the Kemri director who said the institution was not aware of such a study.

The study had revealed the discovery of new malaria-transmitting mosquito species in the western areas of Kenya by scientists from London and Kemri.

Since the authors of the study included those from Kemri, we can only deduce that the Kenyan researchers in the project participated without the authority of their bosses.

In Kenya, the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) is responsible for coordinating all research and advising the government on research-related matters. Two other national bodies involved in ethical review are the Kenya HIV and Aids Vaccine Subcommittee, and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, both of which are affiliated with the Ministry of Health.

The country has three fundamental documents regulating human subjects research. They include the NCST-promulgated Guidelines for Ethical Conduct of Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects in Kenya, pursuant to the Science and Technology Act of 1979, which set forth a framework for determining if a research proposal is ethical.

The other one is a 2005 Ministry of Health-enacted National Guidelines for Research and Development of HIV/Aids Vaccines. These guidelines specifically address human subjects research proposals relating to the effort to identify HIV and Aids vaccines.

Kemri also has guidelines for research that is conducted through that institution. The institution, established under the 1979 Science and Technology (Amendment) Act, is responsible for carrying out health science research.

“While researchers typically must seek final approval from NCST, certain institutions have final approval power themselves. Two institutions with committees that can grant final approval are Kemri and Kenyatta National Hospital, which are responsible for reviewing all research proposals from Ministry of Health researchers,” said Dr Kizito Lubano, a data analyst at Kemri.

For HIV/Aids vaccine research, investigators must submit a concept paper to the Kenya HIV/Aids Vaccine sub-committee, which will respond with advice. The investigators must next submit a proposal simultaneously to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and to NCST or another designated ethical review committee. Both of these bodies must approve the research plan.

Unfortunately, these guidelines have not been reviewed since the 1970s and 1980s when they came into force, making the current level of research approvals porous.

It is estimated that some 3,000 doctors each year are paid by drug firms to sign up their patients to tests and on average 15 patients are needed for each trial, according to ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs database. With doctors picking up Sh140,000 per patient, drug companies are spending over Sh3.8 billion, on getting doctors onside. There is no suggestion the companies are implicated in moves to carry out the tests by doctors on patients secretly. Medical fraud experts from the US Food and Drug Administration estimate that one per cent of all new drug trials involve fraud, including failure to get proper consent from patients. This means milions of patients a year are being given unapproved and potentially dangerous drugs without their knowledge.

In a recent document, Steps to Advance the Earliest Phases of Clinical Research in the Development of Innovative Medical Treatments, it was reported that 92 out of every 100 drugs that successfully pass animal trials and go into human clinical testing fail during the human clinical trial phase. The problem is that species differences are so vast that animal results are, at best, a very poor approximation of what will happen in humans or, at worst, dangerously misleading. The alternative is to advance science to the point where preclinical tests are based on human biology, which will better predict what will happen to real human volunteers or patients in the clinical trials.

In Kenya, it is the hands-off approach that is the source of concern.

“People have the right to make their own informed decisions as to whether they want to participate in any research. They must, therefore, be informed about the background of the study, what benefits and risks are involved, how long the study will go on, and they must be able to comprehend the information given,” says former director of medical services Dr James Nyikal in a report, Kenya National Guidelines for Research and Development of HIV/Aids Vaccines.

USA & Kenya: President Obama, “G” and “L” are not the only letters in the alphabet, and

from: Jeremy Kinyanjui

President Obama, “G” and “L” are not the only letters in the alphabet, and neither are they the most important…

President Obama, you have lately gone on a particularly aggressive charm offensive on behalf of Homosexuals and Lesbians and it’s difficult to understand where you are drawing your inspiration from. It seems to have escaped your attention that two ancient cities called Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed through Divine Retribution, because of decadence and homosexuality. The word “Sodomy” has it’s origins in the said ancient city of Sodom. President Obama

The Human Immuno Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), first came to light in the year 1983, via an article then in Newsweek Magazine. Medical Science then and now, holds that HIV/AIDS originated from homosexuality, the same homosexuality you are glorifying. HIV/AIDS ravaged and dissipated entire villages here in the entire East & Central African in the 1980s and 1990s, including villages in Kenya’s Nyanza Province, where your iconic ancestral Nyang’oma-Kogelo roots are. We do not like remembering those time, President Obama.

There were no treatments for HIV/AIDs back then, and the only available remedy in those days i.e. AZTs, were way too expensive, and in any case, had terrible side effects even for those who could afford them. Where were you at the time, President Obama? We wish you had been as forceful in your assistance of the entire East & Central African Region in the 1980s and 1990s, as you are now in putting the rights of Homosexuals and Lesbians at the forefront.

Same-sex marriages have just been legalised in France, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Same-sex marriages have been legal for sometime now in South Africa, Malawi is pushing for legalization of same-sex marriages, and it is indeed clearly just a matter of time before same-sex marriages are legalised all across Africa, including here in Kenya. You see President Obama, Africa’s agenda is tailored for us by the contemporary Trans-Atlantic Anglo-Saxon Empire of the United States of America and Europe, which you are the current “de facto” monarch of, and which Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, is the current “de facto” vice-monarch of, and what the Anglo-Saxon Empire directs we do in Africa, we must do. One of the most unfortunate things is that our beloved Africa suffers from rather acute material & intellectual impoverishment, on top of the fact that we have lost the will to fight for a better day, so it is not lost on us that wedding bells for Adam & Steve, and for Carole & Eve, are just about to begin ringing resoundingly across the entire length & breadth of the African continent.

The fact still however remains that Homosexuality and Lesbianism are a curse, an abomination, sacrilege, an attempt to re-write the story of creation, and an open courtship of & for Divine Retribution e.g. HIV/AIDS type of ailments, and calamities such as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The fact of the matter President Obama, is that if Heaven intentions were for same-sex unions on this planet, then you for instance, would have had two fathers, instead of a father and a mother, and life as we know it today, would have comprised a six-day week instead of a seven day week, because Eve’s creation and existence would have been on another planet exclusively inhabited by females, a female planet that would also have had a six-day week like the male-exclusive inhabited planet. This is God’s planet President Obama, not yours, so you have no business propagating the violation of Divine Laws

President Obama, at the start of the 1990s when HIV/AIDS was ravaging East and Central Africa as mentioned, a seer here in Kenya prophesised that HIV/AIDS would gradually mellow and become a regular “common cold” type of ailment, but in it’s place would instead emerge a terrifying ailment that would make HIV/AIDS look like “child’s play”. Maybe those times are with us President Obama, because HIV/AIDs is no longer the terriying “death sentence” that it once was, maybe Heaven is losing patience with us, and maybe terrifying intermittent recurring epidemics such as Severe Acquired Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Maburg Virus, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Mad Cow Disease, Swine Flu and Bird Flu, are veiled warnings from Heaven that much worse is on the way, if we do not change our ways

President Obama, Homosexuality and Lesbianism continue to be a pet project of yours even in the midst of the collapse of Capitalism and the continued crumbling of the Anglo-Saxon Empire owing to fall of Capitalism. President Obama, one of your predecessors, Ronald Reagan, is a hero and a legend in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Reagan and recently deceased Lady Margaret Thatcher, pumped in huge sums of money into sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s, money that helped bring up at least one generation of sub-Saharan Africans. Ronnie Reagan and Maggie Thatcher did not tell men to get married to men, and neither did they tell women to get married to women.

If you want to help us President Obama, at least give us fish as we teach ourselves to fish, which we still unfortunately have still not taught ourselves to do even at this late stage, in other words President Obama, do what Ronnie Reagan and Maggie Thatcher did to Africa in the 1980s, if nothing more…

President Obama, there are 26 letters in the alphabet, not just “G” and “L”…


from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

Some of our readers have requested if I could make a comment on the Archbishop Peter Kairo of Nyeri’s statement on Sunday at St Cyprian Kagicha Catholic Church in Othaya that the position of the church was clearly against the use of condoms, when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI encourages the use of it.

Although Benedict was quoted by some sections of media to have said that the use of condom in the case of prostitution was “first step” towards morality for the prostitute to use condom “in order to diminish the risk posed to another person is intending to reduce the evil connected with his or her immoral activity, the church hierarchy has maintained the pope was misquoted.

The media reported that the pope pointed out that the use of a condom ‘with the intention of reducing the risk of infection, can be a first step in a movement towards a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality- An action which is objectively evil, even if a lesser evil, can never be licitly willed.

The pope made in an interview with journalist Peter Seewald regarding condom use in 2010. The interview attracted attention in the media. This explanation was interpreted by many as a change of tack by the Vatican which necessitated a clarification from the Vatican that “the pope does not morally justify the disordered exercise of sexuality, but maintains that the use of the condom to diminish the danger of infection may be “a first assumption of responsibility”, as opposed to not using the condom and exposing the other person to a fatal risk.”

A number of Episcopal conferences have also been quoted to have suggested that condom use may be acceptable in some circumstances to prevent Aids. One of the first Episcopal conferences to take such a stance was the French Bishops Council which asserted in 1989 that, “The whole population and especially the young should be informed of the risks.

Archbishop Kairo while reacting to an advertisement which appeared on the Sunday Nation said: “As the Catholic Church we are not promoting use of condoms. I don’t agree with the advertisements on the billboards and newspapers that say Catholics believe in sex which is sacred and that they believe in using condoms.

The advertisement was run by Catholics for Choice movement advocating for use of condoms to save life. The advert attempts to redefine church teachings on condoms, saying- “Good Catholics use condoms.” Good because they save life.

According to Kairo the stand of the church on sex was that married couples must be faithful to each other and unmarried women and girls must abstain from sexual activities until marriage.

“We as Christians should learn how to live respecting each other in the holy sacrament of marriage and I urge the youths to respect and guard themselves in our day-today as the world is not the same as the olden times,” he said.

The Archbishop stated that the Catholic Church did not comply in any way with the campaign dubbed “Good Catholics Use Condoms.” In other words-‘Bad Catholics Use Condoms’.

While the Catholic Church hierarchy argues that the Church is concerned that promotion of condom use will lead to irresponsible, risky sexual behavior (promiscuity and prostitution), those who advocate for the use of condoms argue that if used during the intercourse it will reduce the probability of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

They argue that as a method of birth control, male condoms put on a man’s erect penis and physically to block ejaculated semen from entering the vagina, it has the advantage of being inexpensive, easy to use, having few side effects, and offering protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Male condoms have been used for at least 400 years, having been one of the most popular methods of contraception in the world since the 19th century. Its disadvantage however is that, it may slip off the penis after ejaculation, break due to improper application or physical damage (such as tears caused when opening the package), or break or slip due to latex degradation (typically from usage past the expiration date, improper storage, or exposure to oils).

Some couples also find that putting on a condom interrupts sex, and therefore they can do without it during sex, and only to incorporate condom application as part of their foreplay to prolong erection and delayed ejaculation. This is because in some men use of condoms during intercourse make them loose sexual excitement.

In 1996, the Social Commission of the French Bishops’ Conference said that condom use “can be understood in the case of people for whom sexual activity is an ingrained part of their lifestyle and for whom [that activity] represents a serious risk.”

In 1993, the German Bishops Conference noted: “In the final analysis, human conscience constitutes the decisive authority in personal ethics… consideration must be given…to the spread of Aids. It is a moral duty to prevent such suffering, even if the underlying behavior cannot be condoned in many cases…The church…has to respect responsible decision-making by couples.”

In April 2006, in response to a very specific question from the bioethicist Ignazio Marino, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini opined that in certain cases, the usage of condoms might be allowable stating, “The use of condoms can, in certain situations, be a lesser evil”.

Cardinal Martini, who used to be Archbishop of Milan, made the comments in an interview with the Italian weekly magazine l’Espresso. In it he says that the fight against Aids, which has caused more than three million deaths, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, must be pursued by all available means-Cardinal backs limited condom use.

This wa about the time the Agence France-Presse reported that a Roman Catholic newspaper in South Africa, The Southern Cross, has threw its support behind a local bishop who believes the church should lift its ban on condom use to prevent HIV infections in Aids-ravaged sub- Saharan Africa.

Bishop Kevin Dowling said that the Aids crisis in South Africa requires the church to permit the use of condoms to stop “transmitting death.” The editorial backed Dowling’s comments, explaining that this view should be seen as an attempt to balance Catholic doctrine with the compassion the Church should how toward the most vulnerable people in society.

The editorial went on to say, “Bishop Kevin Dowling’s contribution to this debate articulates what many Catholics, including moral theologians, have been reasoning for a long time.” One South African Bishop Supports Condoms To Prevent AIDS

Zenit gives the statement by the Vatican reacting on pope’s remarks on condoms. The statement was released on November 21, 2010 by Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office. “STATEMENT ON PONTIFF’S WORDS REGARDING CONDOMS – “The Pope Does Not Reform or Change the Church’s Teaching”.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

?AIDS Rights? The statement about Japanese writer Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO was again refused to enter into Mainland China 20130405

From: Chang Kun
April 5, 2013

Through the mail from him:“ today I , ASO SEIICHIRO, was again refused to enter into Mainland China at Lo Wu Control Point in Shenzhen City. Why? I always have a good influence in Chinese NGOs, the government is unhappy? They also closed the Dali’s film festival today.” We regret to hear that, and are unhappy about what that had happened.

Last time when he was refused to enter into Mainland China was on November 5, 2012. He planned to enter into China from Beijing international airport, but the police stopped him and arranged for his return to Tokyo. Later we learned that it was the first time he was refused to enter into China. Because of at the eve of the eighteenth Congress of the Communist Party of China, some of friends blind encourage him that it was just an accident. If he chose Pudong International Airport or Guangzhou, Shenzhen, maybe everything is going well.

But it is inexplicable to hear he is again refused to enter into Mainland China at Lo Wu Control Point in Shenzhen City. We are also quite angry for it. Even thousands of mountains also could not prevent the flow of a stream. Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO is a very gentle man. He lets more Japanese people to know civil society of China by his own thinking and writing. He promotes the exchanges of culture between China and Japan, and strengthens the understanding and reduces conflicts. How commendable things there are! What’s more precious, ASO SEIICHIRO has been visiting many activists no matter how hard. He introduces the Japanese how the activists’ work and their ideas. Is that really a problem?

I strongly believe that the decision involve Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO is very unwise.

In summer of 2010, I and Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO was acquainted with each other. Since that, he came into China nine times. No matter where he was, such as in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chongqing etc, he always visited to my office, have fun with our friends. We talked and even debated something, but still more tolerance and understanding.

During the communication with Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO, his strong civic spirit and civil society consciousness deeply touched my friends and me. For example, he doesn’t give others in trouble as soon as possible. It is something like the consciousness of rules, and also it has become the important language during the AIBO Youth Center’s education work of “Rule Consciousness”, which is a public service community, was started on May 4th, 2010, in Linquan City, Anhui Province which is mainly to carry out the work of civil rights education and change the social environments of my hometown.

Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO is more than 20 years older than me. But our friendship is so profound that it cannot use any simple word to describe. I can’t forget when he bought bottled water to flush the toilet in the middle of the night, and then he seriously said that he would suicide if he didn’t do it. That’s a day the water supply was cut off without note.

In December last year, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reporter Mr. WATANABE Yasuhito went to Zhengzhou City to interview me about the good friendship between ASO SEIICHIRO and me, which made me surprise.

Today, the gentle man, Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO who is promoting people-to-people culture exchange and strengthening the understanding and reducing conflicts between China and Japan was again refused enter into Mainland China. I was very sad and can’t understand about it.

We hope the relevant departments can truly know more about Mr. ASO SEIICHIRO, and allow his free enter into Mainland China in accordance with the law.

At the same time, we are firmly opposed to swindle or infringe behavior upon the interests of our country, such as swindling the money in the name of the so-called “stability, deliberately making the barriers to the social development and progress in the name of the so-called “merits”.

Telephone in Tokyo: 08054124915
Telephone in China: 15820785674
Mobile phone in Hong Kong: 852-56250302

Contact Chang Kun:
Telephone: 13349108944

Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine

From: Judy Miriga

Good people,

Which is why, you people of Luo Nyanza must stop letting your spears be victims of “the Cut” ….. the result of “the cut” is catastrophic as much as it is divastating…….You will have no one to blame because you were warned well in good time….the people of Luo Nyanza will blame no one for love gone haywire….. it is because life must go on if you decide to be stupid. You will never know the secret of the value of “Not to Cut”.

aaaand you will never understand why beautiful Luo Women will not want to look at you twice……..all you will be left with is, go cry to bottomless pit………Please understand that the “Un-Cut” has no relation to curing or prevention of Aids.

For engagement, awareness and to better serve you,
visit the link
for more info and updates…..

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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— On Thu, 4/4/13, Nelson Oreje wrote:
From: Nelson Oreje
Subject: Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:20 AM

Only the paranoid survive

Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:17:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine

Hehehehehe. Nelson. you can only achieve this by remaining single. Anything in twos cannot be trusted including your own hands, eyes, legs etc. Can you imagine how many times your own hands cheat one another even when you are in deep sleep? This is why we say” never trust the hand you did not sleep on”. At least you are assured your head was lying on it. The other one, mosquitoes might have been celebrating on.

From: Geoffrey Omollo
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:43 PM
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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:48:53 +0300
Subject: Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine


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Subject: Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine
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Scientists find antibody “roadmap” to AIDS vaccine
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Where there is will, there hope. If small pox was eleminated thru vaccines, even HIV will. God help these scientists to save the world. I have all hopes. In 70s, 80s and 90s, syphilis and gonorrhea were the order of the day where one would find the whole family from house girl to children, their father and mother all infected. Thank God with modern treatment and health education, these diseases are now rare. So why not HIV in the next few years? read more


Scientists on a quest for an antibody-based AIDS vaccine said Wednesday they found promising clues in the uncommonly “robust” natural immune response of a patient in Africa.

Studying blood samples over a three-year period after the person was infected, researchers were witness to a microscopic battle between the virus and antibodies — both evolving as they sought to gain the upper hand.

For the first time, scientists were able to follow the full chain of events leading to the patient naturally producing broadly neutralising antibodies (BnAbs)– so called because they attack different strains of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.

“The current research… fills gaps in knowledge that have impeded development of an effective vaccine for a virus that has killed more than 30 million people worldwide,” said a statement from Duke Medicine, which participated in the study by a team of researchers in the United States and Malawi.

“We learned from this individual how the antibodies get induced with the hope that this information can be a map for how to induce these antibodies as a preventive vaccine,” added team leader Barton Haynes, director of Duke University’s Human Vaccine Institute.

Antibodies are the foot soldiers of the immune system, latching onto viruses or microbial intruders and tagging them for destruction by specialised “killer” cells.

Most antiviral vaccines are made by priming antibodies to recognise germs, but the method has not yet been successful in AIDS control.

One of vaccine developers’ fiercest foes, the HIV virus typically evolves too fast to ever be left open to antibody attack.

The individual in the study, from an African country that is not specified, is one of about 20 per cent of HIV-infected people whose immune systems naturally produce BnAbs.

Unfortunately, this generally only happens two to four years after infection and is of no help to the host who will still develop AIDS if not treated with anti-retroviral drugs.

“When broad neutralising antibodies are made they are no help to the person already infected. The notion is however; if they are present before infection, then they can prevent infection and prevent insertion of the virus genetic material into the host genetic material,” Haynes told AFP of the research published in the journal Nature.

In monkeys, BnAbs have shown to prevent infection.

A BnAbs-based vaccine is being keenly pursued in the battle against AIDS, an immune system-wrecking disease first recognised in 1981.

Almost one per cent of the world’s population today is infected with HIV, according to the United Nations.

In this study, researchers isolated an antibody named CH103, and found that it was triggered by a specific protein envelope found on an early, little-mutated form of the HIV virus.

This meant the antibodies may only be stimulated to respond in the presence of this protein or other similar ones on the virus.

While most antibodies require about 10 to 15 mutations to be able to attack their target, potent BnAbs show 40 to 100, said a comment on the study also published by Nature, which described the findings as a possible “roadmap” to an HIV vaccine.

The CH103 antibody had a much lower number of mutations, which may explain how it developed so quickly in this patient.

The scientists said they had gained a “critical insight” for developing a potential vaccine.

“We are now making recombinant forms of the (protein) envelopes from this patient as a vaccine to immunise animals to recreate the induction of a similar type of antibody,” said Haynes.

A Nature statement said it remained to be seen whether or not the finding could be used to develop an effective vaccine.

“But it presents a strong and testable rationale that can be used to address the major challenges of creating an antibody-based HIV-1 vaccine,” it said.

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World: ?AIDS Rights? A letter from an accuser

From: Kun Chang

Accuser: Chang Kun, male, born on June 6th ,1985, Han nationality, live in 53-2, Fulin Road, Chengguan Town, Linquan County, Fuyang City, Anhui Province.

Accused person: Public Security Bureau?PSB?, Linquan County, Fuyang City, Anhui Province.

Legal Corporate Representation: Chen Qi, director-general of the Linquan City Public Security Bureau.

Accused person: Chen Jie, male, the inspector of Linquan City Public Security Bureau in Dongguan Local Police Station. The telephone number is 13966587511.

Accused person: Gu Jian, male, the original instructor of Linquan City Public Security Bureau in Dongguan Local Police Station. The telephone number is 13805610988.

The request from the accuser:

A?That Chang Yingbin attacked Chang Kun is illegal. Linquan City Public Security Bureau, Anhui Province, should look into the case and Chang Yingbin shall be investigated for his responsibility.

B?Linquan City Public Security Bureau and the Local Police Station in Dongguan didn’t punish the illegal behavior of Chang Yingbin. So the accuser think they are illegal.

C?The accused person Chen Jie and Gu Jian shall be investigated for their misconduct.

The facts and reasons from the accuser:

A?The illegal crime fact of Chang Yingbin attacked Chang Kun. Chang Yingbin was the original deputy director of the Guangming community, Chengguan Town, LinQuan County.

At around ten o ‘clock in the morning on April 4, 2012, Chang Yingbin abused Chang Kun in the crossings of Xinjian Road and Gangkou Road (now it is a waste transfer station). Suddenly, Chang Kun was attacked by someone in the back. Then I ran out, and calling “police, someone is hitting me,”. They drag and hit me a lot, and I stood up finally , taking hold the box car behind me. The police come over, and also there had some riot police. They asked Chang Kun to the police station and assisted in the investigation. Chang Kun stand on the steps, back against the box car, and said to villagers around” I’ve just been attacked, now the police Meng Xianjing (telephone is 13966583485 )asked me to go to the police station to assist their investigation, I am not caught! I’ll come back soon!” the police Meng also loudly said “yes!”

On April 4, at about eleven, Chang Kun was in Dongguan Local Police Station to be investigated. Then he asked the police, why not control the attackers, otherwise they would continue to hit. The instructor of Dongguan Local Police Station GuJian (telephone is 13805610988) said a lot about to protect Chang Kun. At this time, Chang Kun heard that the attackers hit someone again. At last I knew that my mother was attacked by the brain when she was on the phone. She was taken to a hospital by emergency ambulance.

At 12:38 on April 4, Chang kun’s head suddenly was very heavy. Chang Kun can hardly support and put the head on the chair. Chang kun required the police to make a record of the happenings , and the police did it.

But at 14:10 on April 4, Chang kun and some friends came to conference room on the third floor of Kaiyue Wangchao Hotel, Linquan County. When Chang Kun sat on the chair and looked on the phone. Chang Yingbin and some other people suddenly rushed into the conference room. I fall on the floor on my back and lost consciousness.

About 19 o ‘clock on April 4, the police Meng (his telephone is 13966583485)came to the Brain Surgery in-Patient Department 11 beds of People’s Hospital in Linquan County to find Chang Kun. He made a record for Chang Kun. At that time Chang Kun have woke up, and the brain consciousness was relatively clear. But Chang Kun had difficulty in speaking and couldn’t completely say a word. Chang Kun’s upper body can’t move flexible, especially the head can’t turn.

B?The Public Security Bureau took sides in the criminals and his negative act is illegal.

(a), The police on the scene did not take measures to stop the criminal Chang Yingbin, and also didn’t take appropriate measures after the case happened. So that it led directly to Chang Kun and Chang Kun’s mother were attacked again.

At about ten in the morning on April 4, 2011, two policemen in Dongguan Local Police Station arrived at the scene. But they didn’t stop Chang Yingbin’s bad behavior, but took Chang Kun to the police station to make a record. Chang Yingbin beat Chang kun in the presence of the police. So Chang Kun was repeatedly attacked, and the clothes were also tore lousy. When Chang Kun asked the police, why not control the attackers, otherwise they would continue to hit someone? Amazingly, Gujian, the original instructor of Linquan City Public Security Bureau in Dongguan Local Police Station, said what they did are trying to protect Chang Kun. If so, Why don’t you put the violent catch up? Why don’t you stop the attackers when Chang Kun was under beaten? It’s all nonsense, Gujian and the attackers are in the same gang. He is an accomplice dressed in the police uniform. Chang Kun suggest to the leaders that you should get rid of him. Chang Kun’s mother was attacked by the brain when she was on the phone. She was taken to a hospital by emergency ambulance. It’s really can’t speak all his bad behaviors!

On 14:10 in the April 4, Chang Kun was in the conference in Kairui Wangchao

Hotel. Chang Yingbin rushed in it and hit Chang Kun. Chang Kun lost consciousness. The Public Security Bureau took sides in the criminals. May be they are in the same gang?If they don’t have interest relations, how can they neglect Chang Yingbin’s so bad behavior? They are really in for their own selfish, disregard to the state dignity and the law? !

(b). The negative act of LinQuan County Public Security Bureau and the Dongguan Local Police Station is illegal.

on April 4, 2011 at 11 o ‘clock, when Chang Kun was taken to Dongguan Local Police Station to make a record, Chang Kun’s mother was also attacked. On April 4, 2011 in the afternoon, the Public Security Bureau took sides in the criminals and led Chang Kun was attacked again to coma in hospital. All the things, Chang Kun’s father repeated visited LinQuan County Public Security Bureau and Dongguan Local Police Station to ask to punish the murderers all the year. But they all did not take any effective measures, and lack of supervision. In close to a year, they didn’t have any processing results about the case. The criminal Chang Yingbin are still at large.

In addition, Chen Jie(the telephone is 13966587511), the inspector of Dongguan Local Police Station, answered that they were waiting for the instruction of Ge Jinhai, secretary of Chengguan Town.

I am very confused about the relationships between LinQuan County Public Security

Bureau and Chengguan Town? Why the inspector of Dongguan Local Police Station Chen Jie actually need to the instruction of secretary of Chengguan Town GeJinHai? If not so, why LinQuan County Public Security Bureau still don’t handle the case?

According to ninety-ninth regulation of “L aw of the PRC on Penalties for Administration of Public Security”: ” Public Security Bureau has a time limit about the cases, from the date of acceptance of not more than thirty days; if the case is grave and complicated, the Public Security Bureau can prolong thirty days at the next higher level for approval.”

LinQuan County Public Security Bureau neglect the legal regulations of our country.

They maliciously dragged on the case, which is a serious violation of the rights of the accuser Chang Kun! The negative act is illegal. As its agencies, Dongguan Local Police Station disregard our national law, took sides in the criminals, and it is unable to perform a national legal obligation.

In all, the accuser request that the relevant authority should handle the letter. Supervise and correct the wrong act of LinQuan County Public Security Bureau and Dongguan Local Police Station, especially about their negative act and took sides in the criminals. Chang Kun request to punish the criminal Chang Yingbin. Please look into the possible malversation!

Best wishes

Fuyang City Public Security Bureau!

The accuser: Chang Kun

December 17, 2012

Copy to: People’s Congress Standing Committee of LinQuan County, People’s Procuratorate of LinQuan County, LinQuan County Commission for Discipline Inspection, Linquan County Supervision Bureau, People’s Congress Standing Committee of Fuyang City, Fuyang City Commission for Discipline Inspection, Fuyang City Supervision Bureau, People’s Congress Standing Committee of Anhui Province, Anhui Province Commission for Discipline Inspection ,Anhui Province Public Security Bureau, Anhui Province Supervision Bureau, Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Ministry of Public Security, State Bureau for Letters and Calls.


By Agwanda Saye

The National AIDS/STI Control Programme and the Male Circumcision Consortium has launched a study of a novel medical device that could transform the way male circumcision is provided for HIV prevention.

The PrePex adult male circumcision device has shown promise in clinical studies conducted in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, but this study is the first to assess the safety and acceptability of PrePex assisted adult male circumcision in routine health care settings in Kenya.

“Our study will provide the information that the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation needs to decide whether to add PrePex to the national program me on Voluntary Male Circumcision “say Dr.Peter Cherutich, NASCOP Director for HIV Prevention and Co-investigator for the study.

The study will enroll 425 men ages 18 to 49 who seek VMMC services including 200 men at UNIM clinic in Kisumu and 225 men at dispensaries or health centres where VMMC is provided on specific days by mobile teams

Dr.Paul Feldblum Family Health International 360 project leader of the study notes that PrePex offers another potential advantage over clinical surgery, “the procedure requires no injected anesthesia for most me that means with training, community based health workers might be able to use the device to perform male circumcision in settings outside the clinic” he added

10 bold ideas for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic

From: Yona Maro

When Celine, a housewife in West Cameroon, was diagnosed with HIV six years ago, she signed up to be part of a clinical trial that gave her the antiretroviral drugs she needed, for free.

However, when doctor and clinical researcher Boghuma Kabisen Titanji met Celine five years later, she had gone without antiretrovirals for a year and a half. She had little understanding of what the clinical trial she had been a part of was studying. Meanwhile, she couldn’t afford a bus ticket to the local health clinic, and was too sick to walk there.

Celine’s case hammered home an important question for Titanji: What happens to research subjects after the research is over?

As Titanji explain in today’s talk, filmed at TEDxGoodenoughCollege, HIV researchers have a wide variety of reasons for choosing to do research in sub-Saharan Africa rather than in their countries of origin. The first reason: because 70% of the approximately 30 million people with the disease live in the region. But there are other factors, too, less high-minded ones: because review of clinical research is far less stringent there, because the poor populations there are likely to sign on for any offer of medical assistance, and because there is a far lower risk of litigation there. Whatever the reason for doing research in sub-Saharan Africa, Titanji wants to make that researchers recruit their test subjects and take care of them with proper respect.

“I do not stand here today to suggest in any way that conducting HIV clinical trials in developing countries is bad. On the contrary, clinical trials are extremely useful tools and are much needed … However the inequalities that exist between richer countries and developing countries in terms of funding pose a real risk for exploitation,” Titanji says. “How do we ensure that in the search for the cure we do not take an unfair advantage of those who are already most affected by the pandemic?”

To hear the four areas that Titanji suggests researchers think deeply about before conducting studies, watch her talk. And after the jump, 9 more powerful talks with ideas for rethinking — and hopefully stopping — the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Emily Oster flips our thinking on AIDS in Africa
The traditional thinking goes: encourage people to abstain and use condoms, and AIDS will disappear. But in this talk from TED2007, economist Emily Oster challenges this idea, pointing out that this logic only holds in areas where people feel that they are likely to lead a long, healthy life. Oster gives a surprising answer for how to actually change behavior and roll back new HIV infections — by dedicating resources to solving the other health problems that lead to low life expectancy in Africa.

Shereen El-Feki: HIV — how to fight an epidemic of bad laws
At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki tells the story of a man who was deported … for being HIV positive. Apparently, 50 countries around the world still have laws that allow for this. In this impassioned, talk El-Feki brings attention to the epidemic of bad HIV laws, which effectively criminalize having the disease and draw it underground.

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV
A disproportionate number of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa and, yet, doctors are scarcer here than anywhere else in the world. At TEDGlobal 2010, Mitchell Besser shares an initiative to train HIV-positive mothers in the area to support and take care of each other, as well as to educate their communities about the disease.

Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV — let’s get rational
Self-proclaimed “public-health nerd” Elizabeth Pisani knows that there are two things that make people act irrationally: sex and addiction. At TED2010, she shares what’s she learned working with at-risk populations — that counter-intuitive measures could dramatically prevent new cases of HIV.

Hans Rosling on HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals
Data master Hans Rosling says that HIV is one of the most misunderstood diseases out there. In this talk from TED2009, Hans Rosling “plays” the HIV epidemic in a moving graph, which gives a new understanding of what can be done to halt deaths from the disease. The key: stopping new transmissions.

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy
When will there be a vaccine for HIV? At TED2010, epidemiologist Seth Berkley shares that we are getting closer because of leaps and bounds advances in the understanding of how vaccines work. Watch for a look at the mechanics of a potential HIV vaccine.

Kristen Ashburn’s photos of AIDS
This talk shows the human toll of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe. At TED2003, documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn shows her heartbreaking and beautiful images of people — many of them women and children — living their lives with AIDS.

Amy Lockwood: Selling condoms in the Congo
HIV is a huge problem in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Aid organizations have flooded the country with condoms — but only three percent of people are using them. At TEDGlobal 2011, former marketer Amy Lockwood points out that the messages on the packaging for these condoms stresses fidelity, health and prudence — not exactly the things on people’s minds when they’re thinking about whether to use a condom.

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist
Best known for her music, at TEDGlobal 2010, Annie Lennox shares what inspired her to devote her life to raising money and awareness to combat HIV and AIDS through her campaign, SING. Spoiler alert: it was the words of Nelson Mandela.

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China: AIDS Rights 20121201 Chang Kun Statement, Wrongfully Accused, Confiscation of Magazine

Statement regarding Chang Kun being wrongfully accused and the seizure of the magazine edited by him “Youth and AIDS”

From: Kun Chang

I am Chang Kun, in charge of the organization AIBO AIDS Relief, Zheng Zhou CityHe’rbutong Center – based HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment organizationin Henan Province, China. I state responsibly as follows: I will take all legal and humanitarian steps to maintain my dignity and value! I am against any form of misinformation to pretend I have done wrong !

Since October 25th ,2012, there have been a series of strange things happening in He’rbutong. First, someone wrongly claimed that I am moving to other city. Then, from November 8th to 11th, our office internet was broken for two days without any reasonable explanation.

At 15:30 on November 15th , the Domestic security team of the Public Security Bureau of Zhengzhou City, Cultural Market Comprehensive Enforcement Team of Zhengzhou City and the Wenhua Road Branch Office of Zhengzhou Public Bureau came to our office to check up. None of them wore work uniforms and they didn’t show the Work Permit. They seized and held in their custody the Youth and AIDSmagazine with the excuse that the magazines didn’t pass the relevant departments audit and they would to do an appraisal. On the Seizure Sheet, there was no official seal and only one police officer signed her name. I have no idea which Joint Law Enforcement organization the Seizure Sheet belongs to?
After this series of events happened, I had to cancel a meeting in Hangzhou, andcome back to Zhengzhou City by train overnight on November 17th.

On November 19th, I met with two department leaders of Zhengzhou City Politics and Law Committee who are responsible for AIDS and ideology. So far we knew that some people set me up by saying that I have some relation to an event—4 young people tore up a picture of the leader Mao Zedong in public at the Zhengzhou Zijingshan Square on October 25th. I only know three of the four people, but I had nothing to do with their actions. I am curious how they thought that I am behind the scenes of this affair, merely because I know the three people ?

What the most important is that no one has contacted me in any way to check regarding these events until I communicated with the leaders of the Zhengzhou City Politics and Law Committee. And they continue to set me up and harassed my colleagues! They may cheat their leaders and set me up in the name of their duty , I’m so frightened!

On November 26th , all my colleagues together went to the Domestic security teamof the Public Security Bureau of Zhengzhou City. We met some leaders and clarified some facts. We refused to be framed! However, until now, the Youth and AIDS have not sent back to our office.
On December 1st, 2012, the Word AIDS Day, There are 7 people with me had taken Hunger Strike for HIV/AIDS action.
I, Chang Kun, am engaged in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS since 2004. I am always doing my best and study hard, though there are some rough roads in my life. I found my life fun in the field of AIDS and I aimed to the prevention and control of AIDS for all my life! I gradually achieve my ideal, business, profession and life unification. But now I really can’t understand why someone would set me up!

In the past eight years , I did my best to serve my country and people, actively undertook the state and national responsibility of the epidemic of AIDS, and got my parents, sister and brother’s support. I worked hard myself in various environments during these years, I coordinated the relationships between various departments, all of this I did solely to solve the problem of HIV/AIDS in China. But today someone told me to end my own life! Am I so afraid of death? I made and kept a will since 2007. The one who said “take your own life” to me, do you have a will? I had a plan to die once, and I was threatened with death from by Email when I criticized one foundation. But this is the first time, that I was told with a word to end my own life. I am very angry!

I am always honest and public on my work. I will acknowledge anything if I really did it, but on the contrary, no one should be able to set me up if I really didn’t do it!! The 25th World AIDS Day is coming, our country and relevant departments are becoming active to improve AIDS people and their survival/condition. These departments have a series of documents which guarantee the treatment rights ofHIV/AIDS patients and state that no one can refuse and prejudice them. The documents also said that the prevention of AIDS is a complicated work, which requires the whole society’s participation; there is a need to provide the necessary support and help NGOs. Only according to the central requirements about innovation and social management, can we gradually establish and perfect the work mechanism of folk NGOs to participate in HIV/AIDS prevention and control cause!

What about the current situation? Someone has framed an AIDS activist, which is not only a disservice to our country and government, but also makes trouble for no reason!

I would like to solve the problem peacefully, but the someone must seek truth from facts ! Sent the Youth and AIDS back to AIBO AIDS Relief, ZhengZhou CityHe’rbutong Center as soon as possible.

Chang Kun(13349108944)
December 1st, 2012 World AIDS Day

Chang Kun

Zhengzhou City He’rbutong
Phone: 18697332373 13349108944

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Pope Benedict’s general intention for this month of December is that migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities.

His missionary intention is that Christ, light for all humanity. That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church.

The prayer has been offered at the time half the British population thinks immigration ‘is bad for the economy’. In 2002 only 43 per cent of the population thought migrants harmed the economy.

Now the figure is above half, at 52 per cent, with nearly two thirds of lower paid and lesser skilled people deploring the economic impact of migration. More than half, 51 per cent, want immigration reduced by a lot, and, in total, three quarters want to see immigration cuts.

Just few months ago a female Haitian migrant drowned during an illegal landing attempt. Three men were also taken to hospital for excessive dehydration, according to officials. According to reports, 50 migrants were apprehended on the shore, 15 in the South Beach Pool area, and another 10 on land. There were 50 men, 18 women, three boys, and four girls.

As IRIN reports (20 September 2012) several hundred thousand Burmese migrant workers in Thailand could face deportation if they fail to register under the government’s National Verification Programme (NVP) before a 14 December deadline. NVP – conceived in 2008 – was intended to give registered and verified migrant workers protection under Thai labour laws.

According to the Labour Ministry, there are over 1.3 million legal workers from neighbouring countries currently working in Thailand – 82 percent from Myanmar, 9.5 percent from Cambodia and 8.4 percent from Laos.

The latest registration deadline, extended from June this year, comes as Myanmar is proposing to offer ID cards to unregistered and undocumented workers who wish to return home.

The prayer has also been offered when we commemorate the day a Maryknoll sister, Sr Maura Clarke, M.M. together with other three missionaries were killed on December 2, 1980 in El Salvador on line of duty.

She worked with the poor and refuges in Central America from 1959 until her death in 1980. She was beaten, raped, and murdered, along with fellow missionaries, Ita Ford, M.M, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U, in El Salvador, by members of a military death squad. In their deaths, Sister Maura Clarke and the three other Catholic missionaries joined the more-than 75,000 people who were killed in that nation’s civil war.

Today is also World Aids Day. In a special appeal against HIV and Aids, Pope Benedict XVI has called for special attention to those unable to afford life-saving drugs, especially pregnant and nursing women affected by the disease.

The pope, speaking before World Aids Day Dec. 1, said his thoughts and prayers were with “the great number of children who contract the virus every year from their own mothers, despite the fact there are therapies for preventing it.”

Aids he says has caused “millions of deaths and tragic human suffering, most markedly in poorer regions of the world, which have great difficulty in getting access to effective drugs. The pope encouraged the many initiatives the church supports aimed at “eradicating this scourge.”

The Vatican has estimated Catholic agencies provide about 25 percent of all HIV treatment and care throughout the world. The World Health Organization has estimated that perhaps as much as 70 percent of all health care in Africa is provided by faith-based organizations.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

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From: St. Andrews Foundation

Dear Invited Delegates,

You are invited to participate in this international Multi-sectoral conference bringing together Leading figures, Governments and Various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from across the World to discuss and debate the possible ways and strategies through which the global fight against HIV/Aid Prevention can maximally be attained.

Read Through the attached document for further Information.

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The St. Andrews Charitable Trust International Multi-
Sectoral Conference on Women/Youth Empowerment.
Dear Invited Delegates,
Youare invited to participate in this international multi-sectoral conference bringing
together Leading figures, Governments and Various Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs) from across the World to discuss and debate the possible ways and strategies
through which the global fight against HIV/Aid Prevention can maximally be attained.
Themain Objectives of the Event are given as follows:
Reflection on the scale and manifestation of poverty around the World;
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Acomprehensive list of Speakers will be posted on our website in due course. However,
the opening address will be given by the Former United States President – His Excellency

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AIDS WEEK IN REVIEW, Nov. 10-16, 2012

from: Lillianne Chovenye

Dear friends,


Here is another edition of our weekly AIDS WEEK in REVIEW for your good reading and sharing. Don’t hesitate to advise or challenge us for the sake of improving the edition

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AIDSNEWS Nov 10.pdf
Who’s lying in the fake ARVs scam?

Life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs, some of which have been found
to be fake

Controversy still continues over the real manufacturers of the fake anti-retroviral tablets as the Tanzania Pharmaceutical Industries (TPI) Limited insists it is innocent and says it will not shut down its factory over the issue.

TPI chief executive officer Ramadhan Madabida told reporters recently that they had not received any formal communication from the government instructing them to suspend production of ARVs.

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?AIDS Rights? 2012 World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Badges/Pins Charity Campaign

From: Africa Youth Ministries

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“Investment in AIDS will be repaid a thousand-fold in lives saved and communities held together.”Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS

Lessons learnt from three regional workshops to integrate human rights into national HIV strategic plans

From: Yona Maro

To strengthen the rights-based national response to HIV, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), with the technical support of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance), initiated a project in 2011 to help national stakeholders (national AIDS programme managers, officials from ministries of health, gender and justice, civil society representatives, members of affected communities and UN staff) integrate human rights programmes into National Strategic Plans (NSPs).

This brief report outlines some short term outcomes and

lessons learnt from this initiative.

Karibu Jukwaa la
Pata nafasi mpya za Kazi
Blogu ya Habari na Picha


By Agwanda Saye

Nyanza Provincial Director of Public Health and Sanitation has expressed optimism that the region will record major improvement when National Aids Control Council releases the new Aids indicator survey results.

Dr.Kioko says the intervention of voluntary Male Medical Circumcision which is still ongoing in Nyanza as a means of reducing HIV/AIDS seems successful.

“Figures of new HIV infections have reduced in most parts of Nyanza and we will not relent in encouraging men of between 15 to 49 years to go for the cut” he added.

Speaking to Journalists in Kisumu Kioko however said they are worried that men above 25 years are reluctant to go for the cut citing myths and misconceptions.

He urges the media to continue sensitizing the public on the importance of VMMC as a way of reducing HIV prevalence in Nyanza which stands at 14%higher than even the national prevalence.


?China AIDS:7497? Fwd: Economist: Bad blood – AIDS activism in China

From: Kun Chang Date:

From: Meg Davis Date: 2012/9/9|a

AIDS activism
Bad blood

In central China AIDS activists step up pressure on the government
Sep 8th 2012 | ZHENGZHOU | from the print edition

AMID the daily drumbeat of protest across China involving citizens aggrieved by local injustices, a demonstration by around 300 AIDS victims outside the headquarters of the Henan provincial government late last month might have seemed routine. But the protesters’ growing frustration worries officials far beyond AIDS-wracked Henan. As the Communist Party prepares for an imminent leadership change it is more than usually anxious to keep the AIDS scandal quiet.

“The government is procrastinating, covering up and clamping down,” says an activist who joined the protest in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, on August 27th. His son was found to be infected with HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, at the age of six after a blood transfusion at a Beijing hospital a decade ago. Many of the other participants were infected in government-backed blood-selling schemes in the 1990s. Donors, mostly poor farmers, were re-infused with pooled blood once its plasma had been removed. Tens of thousands contracted HIV this way. The government has never admitted responsibility.

As the protesters grew impatient at the lack of an official response to their demands for more financial assistance, some attacked (and eventually toppled) the low retractable gate in front of the government building. Witnesses say riot police wielded batons to beat them back.

The man who is preparing to take over as China’s prime minister, Li Keqiang, has particular reason to prefer that Henan’s AIDS crisis is dealt with quietly. Mr Li was the province’s governor and then party chief between 1998 and 2004. Although the blood-selling infections mostly occurred before he arrived, Mr Li, who is now deputy prime minister, is widely blamed by activists in Henan for maintaining tight controls on media coverage of the calamity and for the harassment of whistle-blowers by police.

Blood ties

Mr Li is generally viewed as one of China’s more reform-minded leaders (including in health care, which he oversees). But protests such as the one in Zhengzhou are likely to prove a recurring embarrassment to him after he takes over as prime minister next March. In recent months Henan’s AIDS activists have been stepping up their efforts to put pressure on the government to take the blame and improve care for sufferers and their families. They are being helped by the rapid growth of microblogs.

In recent years the central government has become more open in admitting the extent of the problem and has provided a little more aid to those affected. But activists say that local officials often ignore central-government orders to improve care for victims. Last month’s protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations aimed at persuading the government in Henan to carry out the centre’s wishes. Of particular concern is “Document 26”, a proposal issued in 2009 by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. It suggests that HIV-infected children and orphans whose parents have died because of the disease be given a minimum monthly subsidy of 600 yuan ($95).

Few local governments, which are notoriously averse to forking out for welfare, have taken up the idea. When they protested in Zhengzhou in April, demonstrators said an official promised a reply to their demands in a couple of months. They say they heard nothing. As the party prepares for its five-yearly congress in Beijing, officials are using increasingly heavy-handed measures to enforce stability.

An HIV-infected campaigner in Gongyi, one of Zhengzhou’s satellite towns, is one of the few who can claim his efforts have prompted any change. Last December he was in Beijing just as officials were looking for someone like him to meet the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, on World AIDS Day with TV cameras present. Mr Zhang (who does not want his full name used because of fears that fellow villagers might despise him for his illness) says that officials in Gongyi rapidly agreed to implement Document 26 after his handshake with Mr Wen. It was a low-cost decision: Gongyi is one of Henan’s wealthiest areas and therefore few of its farmers were attracted by the blood-selling scheme.

Mr Wen’s concern has done little to help Mr Zhang. He and his wife (who is also infected) still live with his brother, having sold their house to pay for treatment. Mr Zhang says courts have rebuffed his attempts to sue the hospital where he received the transfusion that he blames for infecting him. The government likes to give the impression that it is concerned about AIDS, says his wife, “but it does nothing to back it up”.

?AIDS Rights? CBS NEWS:China AIDS patients topple gate of gov’t office

From: Kun Chang

August 27, 2012 11:30 AMPRINT TEXT China AIDS patients topple gate of gov’t office

BEIJING — About 300 AIDS patients and their relatives tore down the main gate of a government office in central China during a protest Monday over unmet demands for financial assistance.

Protester Li Xia said police in Zhengzhou city beat some of the patients with batons after the group gathered outside the Henan provincial government office and blocked the main gate to demand a meeting with officials. She said one protester was dragged into the government building by police.

“We want the government to give us some help,” said Li, who like many of the protesters was infected with HIV when she sold blood in 1995. Tens of thousands of people contracted the virus that causes AIDS in a blood-selling scandal in Henan in the 1990s that is widely seen as a failure of government leadership.

Collectors paid villagers to give their blood, pooled it without testing for HIV or anything else, extracted the valuable plasma then re-injected the blood back into those who sold it. Officials covered up the problem for years, which allowed HIV to spread when people were unknowingly infected from tainted transfusions at hospitals.

Activists say that local courts reject lawsuits for compensation, leaving the victims of the scandal with few avenues to seek redress. The patients and their families stage regular protests outside health bureaus and government buildings.

The group that protested on Monday had been told in April by an official from the local civil affairs department that the government would respond to their request for help in two months, but had been repeatedly put off since.

“We had been waiting outside here for so long, and it was raining, but no one cared,” said Gao Yanping, another protester. “Now they are asking us to wait another 2 months? We cannot control our anger anymore.”

Officials at the Zhengzhou city government propaganda office and the city’s police bureau refused to comment. A woman who answered the phone at the Henan provincial government office denied that there had been a protest.

After ignoring or demonizing people with AIDS for much of the 1980s and 1990s, China’s authoritarian government has taken a more compassionate line on the disease and combating its spread in recent years. But people with AIDS still face difficulties in getting treatment and compensation, and authorities remain deeply suspicious of independent activists.


Associated Press researcher Flora Ji contributed to this report.

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