Highlights

President Launches Global Anti-HIV/AIDS Campaign

President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the 'Global All In', a campaign aimed at reducing new HIV/AIDS infections among adolescents and young women...Read More

Source: http://www.president.go.ke/

UN launches 'All In' Initiative to End Adolescent AIDS

17 February 2015 – In the fight against HIV/AIDS, progress for adolescents has fallen behind, world leaders gathered at a United Nations meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, stressed... Read More

Source:http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50100#.VOQq3_mUe

The Economic Impact of Ebola on Sub-Saharan Africa: Updated Estimates for 2015

Beyond the terrible toll in human lives and suffering, the Ebola epidemic currently afflicting West Africa is already having a measurable economic impact in terms of forgone output...Read More

Source:https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/20218/907480WP0Econo00201400901700PUBLIC0.pdf?sequence=1

Red cross Teams in Guinea under Attack

Red Cross teams in Ebola-hit Guinea have been attacked on average 10 times a month over the past year, the charity said on Thursday, warning that the violence...Read More

Source:http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/12/us-health-ebola-guineaidUSKBN0LG1GO20150212

The Global Ebola Response: Outlook 2015

The West Africa Ebola outbreak has had profound economic, humanitarian, political and security dimensions. At least 20,500 people are known to have been infected; some 8,200 have died...Read More

Source:https://ebolaresponse.un.org/sites/default/files/ebolaoutlook.pdf

Facts

In 2013, 2.1 million adolescents between ages 10 –19 were living with HIV globally, with 83% from sub-Saharan Africa
Source: UNAIDS 2014 Report
80% of people living with HIV in Nigeria do not have access to treatment.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
Worldwide, an estimated 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2013, down from 3.4 million
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
Globally, an estimated 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2013
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
In 2013, an estimated 360,000 deaths occurred due to Tuberculosis.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
An estimated 24.7 million People were living with HIV in sub-Saharan in 2013.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
1.5million new HIV infections estimated in 2013, were in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
In 2013, there was an estimated 37% treatment coverage of people living with HIV in sub Saharan Africa
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
In 2013, an estimated 35 million people were living with HIV worldwide
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2014
More than 75% of all estimated HIV incident tuberculosis cases live in just 10 countries, nine of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: UNAIDS Gap Report
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In this issue, we feature information on the impact of HIV/AIDS on adolescents, especially the latest epidemiological data. We also provide the latest information on Ebola and its impact on the affected countries.

Ebola

Ebola likely to Persist in 2015 as Communities Resist Aid: Red Cross

imageWest Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday. West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/30/us-health-ebola-redcross-idUSKBN0L31L820150130

Church's Response

Justice and Peace Council on Ebola Response

Ebola is an unprecedented epidemic causing untold suffering and death among the people in Coastal West Africa. Accompanying this grave epidemic has been great fear experienced by the people infected and those loved ones affected by this illness, and by the general population

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Source: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/justice-and-peace-council-on-church-s-commitment-to-ebola-response

Epidemiology

Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescents: Current Status, Inequities, and Data Gaps

This article focuses on adolescents, defined as aged 10–19 years.1 Adolescence is the period when many people begin to explore their sexuality; as a result, access to sexual and reproductive health information and services becomes increasingly important.

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Source: http://www.jaids.com

Adolescents & AIDS

AIDS No. 1 killer of Adolescents in Africa, medical groups say

imageThe 16-year-old Kenyan girl found out she was HIV-positive and pregnant at a clinic in the Korogocho slums two years ago. She still isn't sure how she contracted the virus — her mother died from AIDS-related complications when she was six years old, and she slept with various men after dropping out of school years ago to provide for herself and her two younger sisters.

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Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/aids-no-1-killer-of-adolescents-in-africa-medicalgroups- say-1.2960294

Advocacy

Leaders from Around the World are All In to end the AIDS Epidemic among Adolescents

While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic. AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally. Just one in four children and adolescents under the age of 15 have access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment. Deaths are declining in all age groups, except among 10–19 year olds.

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Source: http://www.unaids.org/

HIV Infection

Shock and Anger in Cambodian Village Struck With H.I.V.

imageFrail and depressed after her diagnosis, Chem Mao decided to take her life by climbing a mango tree in her backyard, fastening one end of a rope around a sturdy branch and the other around her neck, and jumping. As she shuffled weakly beside her cinder-block house toward her family’s small orchard she saw her grandchildren playing nearby and relented, collapsing into tears.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/world/asia/farming-village-in-cambodia-grieves-as-hundreds-learn-they-have-hiv.html

Treatment as Prevention

Treatment Cascades and Viral Load Surveys show how African Countries can Maximise Prevention Benefits of HIV Treatment

imageReaching ambitious HIV prevention targets in South Africa will require intensified efforts to engage and retain men and young people in care, in order to increase the proportion of people on HIV treatment with suppressed viral load, a national study has found. The results were presented on Thursday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA.

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Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/aids-no-1-killer-of-adolescents-in-africa-medicalgroups- say-1.2960294

Hepatitis C

Two Interferon-free Regimens have High Hepatitis C Cure Rates for People with HIV

imageThe first regimen was sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir (Harvoni coformulation), produced by Gilead. The second was sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) plus daclatasvir (Daklinza), with the latter drug produced by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ledipasvir and daclatasvir are both NS5A inhibitors.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949461?utm_source=NAM-Email- Promotion&utm_medium=conference-bulletin&utm_campaign=English#item2949469