Tag Archives: UNAIDS

Amid declining donor dollars, resource gaps threaten HIV goals, reports say

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Progress seen in recent years against the HIV pandemic, including in rising numbers of people diagnosed and treated accompanied by dropping rates of incidence and death, is slowing while populations long facing the most daunting obstacles to services remain at highest risk, according to a UNAIDS report released today. The data, including numbers showing that […]

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy is cost-effective, will save millions of lives, study shows

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Reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, of 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed accessing antiretroviral therapy, and treatment in at least 90 percent of those individuals suppressing their virus to undetectable levels would not only benefit populations and improve individual health but would be cost-efficient a study has found. The study, published in […]

It’s the treatment, stupid . . . We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious diseases

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Why Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […]

Amnesty International sex work decriminalization stance proposal sets off flurry of petitions, and celebrity scolding

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Letter against policy plan signed by actors, designers and other luminaries says policy was inspired by “HIV/AIDS sector” which does “worthy” work but has “very little understanding, if any of . . . intersectionality of race, gender and inequality . . .” They support families and each other in situations and communities where no one […]

With UNAIDS as common denominator, reports bring impetus, optimism, and now, realities

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Kaiser/UNAIDS report looks at donor funding for HIV responses and sees sole donor preventing drop in dollars First came the UNAIDS Lancet report, which warned that without accelerated movement to greatly increase access to antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV worldwide, progress against the epidemic would not only stall, but reverse. Next came the […]

Cuba starts AIDS-free generation, Nigerian state launches oxymoronic HIV law, Mozambique sheds colonial homophobia — but has a way to go, and more . . . we’re reading about policies, health and human rights

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WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphillis in Cuba . . . and Cuba validates universal health care . . . In 2013, two babies were born with HIV in Cuba, and five with syphilis, according to this announcement from the World Organization. Home to more than 11.2 million people, Cuba became […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

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In the third phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning. By Anita Datar, MPA, MPH, Health Policy Project A subtle […]

Ebola outbreaks, response … We’re reading about new and persistent challenges to confronting global health threats

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As policy makers and presidents from across Africa gathered in Washington, DC for the three-day U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, the White House released a fact sheet Monday summarizing U.S.-African Cooperation on Global Health accomplishments of the past 20 years. With investments from the United States, other donors and increased local investments in public health […]