We’re reading about rights and responsibilities and empathy in fighting HIV, tuberculosis

From Science Speaks – Fighting HIV/AIDS: Human rights focused advocacy is more critical than ever – “Low hanging fruit” is one of the expressions that is used to describe people and places affected by HIV who account for the great majority of those now reached with testing, antiretroviral treatment and other prevention of HIV acquisition and transmission. With dollars dwindling, the biggest challenge lies ahead in overcoming human rights obstacles between marginalized people and places — including the southern United States — and effective health services. Philanthropic donors, including MAC AIDS, the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can’t fill the gap that donor funding cuts will leave, but they can ensure the greatest value of their dollars by targeting them to human rights focused initiatives, this Health Affairs blog post by Funders Concerned About AIDS Director John Barnes says.