Category Archives: HIV_Conference

HIV/AIDS Implementers Conference, Windhoek, Namibia.

Guest blog: A scientific review of HIV/AIDS conference

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Please note: the HIV Implementers Liveblog has concluded.  Please visit the main page of the Science Speaks blog at http://sciencespeaks.wordpress.com for further articles and coverage of other events. Caroline Ryan is the author of this post. Ryan is Director of Program Services and Chief Technical Officer in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, […]

A few final thoughts

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Editor’s Note: Check back on Sunday, when we expect a few more guest bloggers to weigh in with their impressions and insights from the conference. It has been busy — and full of challenging issues. The HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting this year in Windhoek (which ends early Sunday) has been quite different from any of the […]

A TB/HIV doctor's anguish

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One hot-button – but little covered – issue around AIDS is HIV/TB co-infection. In March, the World Health Organization released a report estimating one out of every four TB deaths is HIV related, or twice as many as previously believed. The report estimated 456,000 deaths of people infected with both TB and HIV. Today, the […]

Guest blog: Key studies on prevention

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Susan Kasedde is the author of this guest blog. She is regional advisor with UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. On Thursday evening I moderated a very interesting satellite session with the title ‘Knowledge Translation and HIV Incidence Measurement’. At this session, countries reported on the results of the “Modes of HIV […]

Newsmaker: A view from Nigeria

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Dr. John Idoko is Director General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). He started his position just three months ago. For the last 14 years, he has worked on AIDS programs, where his last job was principal investigator of the Harvard PEPFAR program in Jos – overseeing one of the largest […]

Guest blog:Parent to child transmission?

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This guest blog was written by Smita Baruah. She is the director of government relations for the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the globe. In this morning’s plenary session on prevention, we learned again about the importance of involving men in all prevention programs, […]

Guest post: Examining stigma

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This guest post is written by Barbara de Zalduondo, Chief of the Programmatic Priorities Support Division with UNAIDS in Geneva. She has been involved in AIDS for more than two decades, ranging from work in Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the world of policy. On Thursday, I moderated the session “Stigma and […]

Tracking down HIV-positive children

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It has to be one of the most boring aspects of fighting AIDS – building health systems that work. But it’s also one of the most important. In Zimbabwe, amid its political and economic crisis, some officials in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in the last two years took on a huge initiative: […]

Guest blog: Tackling taboos

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This is a guest blog post by Buck Buckingham, who has been the PEPFAR country coordinator for Kenya since 2003, when the program began. ** I’m happy to see the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting break new ground by beginning to unpack subjects that either policy makers, or activists, or funders considered off limits for far […]