Highlights

World AIDS Day 2016 Message from Michel Sidibe -UNAIDS

Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported... Read More

Source: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2016/november/WAD2016message

WHO Recommends HIV Self-Testing

HIV self-testing (HIVST) is an empowering and innovative way to reach more people with HIV and help achieve the first of the United Nation’s 90–90–90 targets – for 90% of all people with HIV to know their status by 2020... Read More

Source: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/251549/1/WHO-HIV-2016.21-eng.pdf

HIV Test Performed on USB Stick

The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device... Read More

Source: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_9-11-2016-18-16-13

Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out an ambitious vision for universal progress on urgent issues over the next 15 years... Read More

Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/

Facts

In 2014, an estimated 36.9 million people globally were living with HIV
UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
An estimated 25.8 million people were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa In 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
An estimated 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide in 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Worldwide, an estimated 2 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2014, down from 3.1 million in
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 66% of the global total of new HIV infections.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimate of 790 000 people died of AIDS-related causes in 2014.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for around one in three AIDS-related deaths.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
The number of AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa fell by 48%, Between 2004 and 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
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Dear All,

It is that time of the year again and we thank God for bringing us this far. We have been sharing key information and we hope it has been of value in your various fields of work, whether as a student, researcher, health worker, for pastoral work or even self knowledge.

We look forward to doing even better in terms of service delivery so as to meet your needs in the best way possible.

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AIDS Policy

Ending the HIV Epidemic Faces Daunting Barriers, former WHO HIV Chief warns

The difficulty of bringing the HIV epidemic “down to zero” should not be underestimated, Kevin de Cock, former director of HIV for the World Health Organization (WHO), warned earlier this month in a meeting of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) in Brussels....

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Ending-the-HIV-epidemic-faces-daunting-barriers-former-WHO-HIV-chiefwarns/ page/3102005/

Children

New Strategies to End Violence against Children

12 JULY 2016 - WHO and partners today launch 7 interlinked strategies to reduce violence against children. The approaches have all been tested and all have shown concrete results....

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Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2016/new-strategies-violence-children/en/

Prevention

New HIV Products will need Marketing and Effective Service to reach the People who Need Them

image There is a naivety among many HIV prevention researchers and advocates about the steps needed to introduce and implement new HIV prevention technologies such as oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), vaginal rings and vaccines, according to speakers at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2016) conference in Chicago last week....

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/New-HIV-prevention-products-will-need-marketing-and-effective-healthservices- to-reach-the-people-who-need-them/page/3094219/

Primary Healthcare

Access to Healthcare Through Community Health Workers in East and Southern Africa

image This is a working document. It has been prepared to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and to stimulate discussion. The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of UNICEF or the United Nations....

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Source: https://www.unicef.org/health/files/Access_to_healthcare_through_community_health_workers_in_East_and_Southern_Africa.pdf

Primary Healthcare

New WHO Antenatal Care Model-Quality Worth Paying for?

image The 2016 WHO guidelines on antenatal care1 were published earlier this month and are widely welcomed because they are not only academically robust, but also relevant to end-users and patients....

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Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27894650

Research

Experiment in Monkeys Raises Hopes of “functional cure” for HIV

A new drug combination helped stave off a monkey version of HIV for nearly two years after stopping all treatments, raising hopes for a functional cure for HIV, U.S. researchers said on Thursday...

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hiv-remission-idUSKCN12D2M1

Tuberculosis

Global Tuberculosis Report 2016

image The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. One of the targets is to end the global TB epidemic...

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Source: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en/