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Waiswa Nkwanga

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  • Posted on Mar 24, 2017  | 

    When people in West Africa started dying from Ebola, communities had no idea what was killing them. People resorted to rumors and allegations of foul play, such as the damaging claim that Westerners created the virus to combat population growth. This only exacerbated the problem and fueled stigma against those affected by the disease. It was a classic example of the fallout from weak public health institutions and a lack of education around the health threats that the region faced. Read more

  • Posted on Dec 01, 2016  | 

    I attended the International AIDS Conference this year. International HIV/AIDS activist Charlize Theron caught my attention with her comments at the opening ceremony. “I am sad to be here at the 21st International AIDS Conference,” she said. “This is the second time my home country of South Africa has hosted…We shouldn’t have had to host this conference again.” This World AIDS Day, let us pledge to focus more on creating health systems and infrastructure so that when it comes to global health, we go beyond just responding when pandemics occur to actually preventing them in the first place. Read more