Monthly Archives: July 2017

IAS 2017: Hold the phone — mobile “health wallet” could make prevention, care, and treatment cheaper, better, and accessible

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Paris – Anyone here have their phone turned off? Millicent Olulo asked that question before she started her presentation in a first day session here on mobile technologies and health, and was answered with predictable laughter. Does anyone turn their phone off anymore, or, for that matter take their eyes off it for long? Other […]

IAS 2017: Expanded treatment guidelines expand access to many without harms to those already in care in Zambia

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PARIS – Expanding treatment eligibility under new treatment guidelines in Zambia led to increases in initiation, retention and the percentage of people in care without negative effects on those already in care, a presenter from CIDRZ, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, said today. Aaloke Mody was presenting the findings from a study […]

IAS 2017: Knocking down barriers between services and populations facing highest risks, lowest access, takes time, gathers momentum

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PARIS – From a social worker in Botswana who tackles bureaucracies and prejudice to help her clients get the papers, income, and respect they need to access services, to a Kenyan nurse counselor who told an audience that she has learned to put her professional ethics ahead of her “personal and religious values,” to support […]

IAS 2017: Protests take the stage

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PARIS – It wouldn’t be a conference without a protest. For that matter, there wouldn’t be conferences, if there hadn’t been protests. A proud tradition continues here this week, with protesters Tuesday surrounding Global Fund Interim Director Marike Wijnroks as she offered opening remarks at a session with the theme “Treat All.” Raising signs exhorting: […]

IAS 2017: X-DR TB emerges in 1990s in South Africa fueled by HIV

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PARIS – Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis emerged and was widely transmitted in South Africa long before it was spotted by public health surveillance efforts, and at least a decade earlier than the first reported outbreak in 2005, a  presentation Monday showed. The start of the spread was , concurrent with the steep rise in both HIV and […]

IAS 2017: With resources already stretched, cuts will hurt, global health advocates say

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PARIS – In a year that marks the half-way point to the deadline for ambitious goals to contain and then end the global health impacts of HIV, and when the latest data illustrate the payoff of focused and determined investments, a flat donor landscape has opened a stark view of an alternate reality. Encompassed in […]

IAS 2017: UNITAID, partners boost HIV self-test access in six African countries

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PARIS –The UNITAID-led HIV Self-Testing Africa consortium will expand the reach of its project from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabswe to include South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland leaders of the effort announced here Monday. That means the distribution of 4.8 million more tests, nearly half of which will go to South Africa. A UNITAID investment of […]

IAS 2017: With midpoint numbers showing 90-90-90 goals near for some, eluding others, innovation and equalizers take precedence

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PARIS – With a graph showing an apparently achievable trajectory from the 19.5 million people on treatment at the end of 2016, to the 30 million people who must receive treatment by 2020 to control HIV as a global health threat within the 10 years that then follow, a preconference session here examining progress toward […]

IAS 2017: UNAIDS numbers show returns, need for greater investment, international leaders say

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PARIS –  At a Saturday session here UNAIDS leader Michel Sidibé remembered his early days at UNICEF in Swaziland, when the sweep of HIV in southern Africa, ignored and neglected, threatened the survival of entire nations. “We were thinking that Botswana will not be on the map,” he said, “that Swaziland would disappear. It was […]