Highlights

A Critical Partnership: The Lifesaving Collaboration Between The Global Fund and Faith

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 to help provide resources to win the battle against...Read More

Source: http://theglobalfight.org/wp-content/uploads/FBO_FINAL_121514.pdf

HIV Transmission Risk Remains During First 6 Months of Treatment

We have seen zero HIV transmissions among mixed-status couples when the HIV-positive partner is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load, according to... Read More

Source:http://www.thebodypro.com/content/75595/hiv-transmission-risk-remains-during-first-6-month.html

Kenya Court Urges Change to Law Criminalizing Women who Pass HIV to Baby

Human rights groups have welcomed moves to change a Kenyan law passed to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, which criminalizes pregnant women who pass HIV/AIDS to...Read More

Source:http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/31/us-kenya-aids-law-idUKKBN0MR1G820150331

Responses of the Catholic Church to HIV and AIDS in Africa: Lessons Learned

Since the early years of the HIV epidemic, Catholic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa have responded by providing information, treatment, care and support to...Read More

Source:www.wissenschaftliche-arbeitsgruppe.de

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 of the ARC Newsletter, we feature articles on key issues including, but not limited to the latest report with regard to the Ebola pandemic in West Africa; the partnership between faith-based organisations and the Global fund on health and a new publication on the response of the Catholic Church to HIV and AIDS in Africa with emphasis on the lessons learned.

Children & HIV

Accelerating Action to Stop New HIV Infections Among Children in Kenya

imageAt the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, being held in New York, United States of America, a Kenyan campaign to stop new HIV infections among children has been highlighted as an example of what committed political leadership can achieve in improving women’s access to health care.

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Source: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2015/march/20150313_csw_beyondzero

HIV Policy

US Guidelines on Prevention with People living with HIV now Emphasise Engagement with Care, HIV Treatment and Social Factors

The American public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new recommendations on the HIV prevention interventions and advice that should be offered to people who are HIV positive. The CDC last issued guidelines on what is sometimes called ‘prevention with positives’ in 2003.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/US-guidelines-on-prevention-with-people-living-with-HIV-now- emphasise-engagement-with-care-HIV-treatment-and-social-factors/page/2931199/

Discrimination & Stigma

HIV-Related Discrimination Among Grade Six Students in Nine Southern African Countries

HIV-related stigmatisation and discrimination by young children towards their peers have important consequences at the individual level and for our response to the epidemic, yet research on this area is limited. Stigma is a risk factor for bullying, victimisation and poorer mental health outcomes among HIVaffected and infected children.

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Source: http://www.plosone.org

HIV Treatment

In First Human Study, New Antibody Therapy shows Promise in Suppressing HIV Infection

imageIn the first results to emerge from HIV patient trials of a new generation of so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies, Rockefeller University researchers have found the experimental therapy can dramatically reduce the amount of virus present in a patient's blood. The work, reported this week in Nature, brings fresh optimism to the field of HIV immunotherapy and suggests new strategies for fighting or even preventing HIV infection.

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Source: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2015/04/08/in-first-human-study-newantibody-therapy-shows-promise-in-suppressing-hiv-infection/

Global Health Initiatives

HIV Epidemic will Spring Back Without near-Universal Diagnosis and Treatment, says UNAIDS

"Without scale-up, the AIDS epidemic will continue to outrun the response, increasing the long-term need for HIV treatment and increasing future costs." These are among the opening words of the 2014 Fast Track" report issued by UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS, explaining the thinking behind their campaign for an ambitious '90/90/90' target, previewed at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this July.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/HIV-epidemic-will-spring-back-without-near-universaldiagnosis-and-treatment-says-UNAIDS/page/2925107/

ARVS Access

Make ARVs Available to Deserving Women and Teenagers - President Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed County Commissioners to help identify HIV/AIDS positive women and teenagers to be placed on life-saving medication. The President regretted the alarming number of teenagers suffering silently from HIV/AIDS in the country and who are not on Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs. Proper usage of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs maximally suppresses the HIV virus and stops the progression of HIV disease.

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Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201503050889.html

Ebola

Ebola Regional Lesson Learning

The Ebola outbreak currently affecting West Africa is the most serious trans-national medical emergency in modern times. It has the potential to become a global health crisis. Many of the countries affected already have weak health systems, which are now stretched to breaking point. The health authorities have a limited capacity to respond and in a context of widespread fear and misunderstanding about the nature of the disease and how to prevent it.

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Source: http://www.heart-resources.org