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Promoting health through the life course

Northern Cape teachers are literally sick and tired and considering leaving the profession

A report by the Human Sciences Research Council indicates that absenteeism of 20 days or more was highest among teachers in the Northern Cape, with 28.4 percent of teachers in the Province off sick for more than 20 days last year. “An increase in self-reported NCDs is now evident, suggesting an increased level of morbidity in this population. However, teachers’ personal problems also influence absenteeism,” the report states. The overall HIV prevalence among teachers in South Africa was 15.3 percent, translating to approximately 58,000 teachers living with HIV in South Africa

June 20, 2017
June 15, 2017

Girls account for nearly 80 per cent of new HIV infections in Africa-WHO

WHO said that girls represent nearly 80% of all new HIV infections in Africa. Recent data showed that only 13% of adolescent boys had been tested for HIV in the past 12 months in the region. In spite of the large numbers of adolescents, African governments have few policies or plans in place to encourage testing, or a deeper understanding of subjects such as HIV/AIDS, contraception or the need for screening/testing in the first place

May 22, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

In South Africa, mothers lead push to get pregnant women tested for HIV

South African mothers are leading the push to get pregnant women tested for HIV; mothers2mothers support groups are helping women to understand the value of HIV testing for young pregnant women and how this is leading to a cut in transmission of a virus that can pass AIDS from mothers to babies

May 5, 2017

580 niños de madres con VIH Sida en Carabobo tienen más de un año sin tomar leche

More than 580 young HIV-positive mothers with infants in Carabobo, Venezuela, have gone more than a year without receiving antiretroviral drugs for their children, or milk formula for them, and many infants are already presenting signs of malnutrition, according to Eduardo Franco, President of NGO Mavid. To date, the government has not responded to requests for help in any way

May 2, 2017
El Carabobeno

The trans women "fighting for survival" as rights crackdown continues in Tanzania

Recently 40 private drop-in clinics offering HIV/AIDS services to key populations such as gay men, transgender people and sex workers were banned by the Tanzanian government. A program supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and implemented by Save the Children to assist key populations eligible for HIV treatment in Tanzania has been put on hold. Another Global Fund grant to distribute water-based lubricants ended in December and lubricants are now banned for promoting homosexuality. The government appears unwilling or unable to tolerate education on LGBT matters and the crackdown on activists can be harsh

April 19, 2017

How Tanzania is cracking down on LGBT and getting away with it

BuzzFeed reports that Tanzania has been terrorizing its LBGT community on the back of stigma and prejudice and imperilling the country’s response to HIV Aids programme management

April 8, 2017

Health department intensifies efforts to curb teen pregnancies

The latest shock statistics on pre-teen and teen pregnancies in South Africa revealed that 193 pupils in Grades 3,4 and 6 fell pregnant between 2014 and 2016. If school pupils from Grade 6 and 7 were added this number would jump to 1,449. The Department of Health acknowledged the issue and explained how it was intensifying its efforts to address this societal crisis

April 5, 2017

Durex Wants to Break India's Condom-Buying Taboo

India has condom use of less than 6% in a country also battling the world’s third highest HIV burden. It also has more married women without family planning than any other country. Reckitt Benckiser Group is trying to counter that with its release in India of ‘Durex Jeans,’ two condom packs in packaging resembling the leather patches sewn on denim jeans and displayed in jar-like bowls on drugstore counters. The aim is to help consumers overcome the embarrassment of buying a product linked with sex, a taboo subject in conservative India

March 26, 2017

Bid to reduce HIV infection in babies

Thai health authorities have set themselves the goal of cutting the transmission rate of HIV from mother to child to less than 1% within the next three years. The campaign includes preventative medical support measures in tandem with education and support on HIV prevention to pregnant women, via a series of campaigns

March 25, 2017
Bangkok Post

For Ugandan children, hunger and HIV make a deadly mix

Reuters reports that Ugandan children suffering from famine due to the drought that has hit the country’s farmers and devastated their crops, helps create a deadly mix. Children on anti-retroviral treatment to slow the development of HIV are suffering as the drugs won’t really take full effect without a nutritious diet to assist the body in processing them

March 22, 2017
Reuters, CNBC Africa

REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

Domestic violence and sexual abuse increases the risk of HIV among women, a new report by UNAIDS has revealed. A lack of access to education and health services and a lack of decision-making power are contributing factors to women’s vulnerability to HIV, the report concluded

March 10, 2017
The Cable Nigeria

On International Women’s Day UNAIDS is urging countries to stop 1 million women and girls from...

UNAIDs released a new report showing there is an urgent need to scale up HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls. In 2015 there were 18.6m women and girls living with HIV, with 1m of them becoming newly infected and 470,000 women and girls dying of AIDS related

March 8, 2017
UNAids, Punch Nigeria

There’s a Global Rape Epidemic and There Are Few Laws to Prevent it

A report released last week entitled ‘The World’s Shame’ by the international human rights organization Equality Now, has revealed the inadequacy of laws all over the world to protect women against sexual violence. Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence – regardless of age, background or country. According to UNICEF, one in 10 girls – around 120m – experience rape or sexual assault globally

March 8, 2017
Global Citizen

Children with HIV write to Modi after Cipla stops drug supplu over non-payment by government

A report in The Hindu said that stocks of Lopinavir syrup (an HIV drug that is child-friendly) were finished after Cipla stopped manufacturing it because of non-payments by the Indian health ministry

March 6, 2017
Outlook India

As H.I.V. Soars in Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan

‘The Philippines has the fastest growing HIV infection rate in Asia and it is risking letting the infection get out of control,’ according to Steven Kraus, director of UN Aids Asia and the Pacific. The decision to scrap a plan to hand out condoms to school seniors and train teachers to counsel students on how to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, was knocked down by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians

February 28, 2017
The New York Times

Non communicable diseases

New Study Deepens Understanding of HIV–Kidney Disease Link

Although advances in HIV treatment mean many people with the condition can achieve viral suppression and display no outward signs of illness, HIV is not a benign condition. Kidney disease is common in individuals with HIV, with about 30% of those infected experiencing it. A new Dutch study sheds further light on the relationship between HIV and kidney impairment, highlighting the particular risks faced by the middle-aged and older HIV-positive population

July 13, 2017
Contagion Live

When western lifestyle diseases migrate south

An article which was originally published in Le Monde Diplomatique discusses how diseases traditionally associated with the lifestyle of the developed world, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have migrated south, and now, by 2030, experts believe they may kill more people in Africa than communicable diseases such as HIV/Aids, if no action is taken to urgently remedy the situation

May 23, 2017
Equal Times

Act before workers break down

Common factors behind workplace-related depression include stress and burnout, including poor work organization, excessive workloads, job insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of support from higher management 

April 9, 2017
The Star Malaysia

Depression highest among those with chronic diseases

Kenyans who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, cancer and arthritis are two times more likely to also suffer from depression than those without those diseases. If undetected this aggravates the sickness. It also generates increased economic costs to society in terms of lost productivity and increased cost of seeking treatment. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change and human rights abuse

April 8, 2017

RS Passes Bill To Safeguard Rights, Provide Medical Help For HIV/AIDS Patients

A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs was passed by the Rajya Sabbha

March 22, 2017
Huffington Post, News18
March 24, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 21, 2017
First Post
March 22, 2017

No salary for the last nine months: NACP employees forced to live on alms

Employees of the National Aid Control programme in Pakistan have not been paid for the last nine months and have had to live on hand outs and alms from the community. It seems the Ministry of Planning has wanted to consolidate the three programmes (HIV, TB and Malaria) into one programme to make it more effective, but it has just not got around to organising it 

March 8, 2017
Pakistan Today

Global fund to help solve India’s HIV drug crisis

After running out of the child-friendly HIV syrup, Lopinavir, India is likely to procure the drug from a rapid supply facility routed through the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria. At the same time, the Indian Health Ministry released the first instalment of the payment it owed to Cipla Pharmaceuticals, the sole manufacturer of the drug

March 8, 2017
The Hindu

Trump’s New Travel Ban Could Hinder Research On HIV And Mental Health

President Trump’s temporary travel ban has had consequences for a scientist at Harvard Medical School, who has been seeking to collaborate with Iranian academics on HIV/AIDs research. Another at Columbia Law School’s human rights clinic, wanted to study the impact of armed conflict on the mental health of people in Yemen

March 7, 2017
Huffington Post

FT Health: Global Fund’s Oscars moment, EU health commissioner, antibiotic alert

Last week, the board of the world’s largest multilateral donor to tackle infectious diseases issued a deeply embarrassing statement that it was restarting the selection process for its new director

March 3, 2017
Financial Times

Health systems

Trump Budget Cuts Could Drastically Affect SA's Fight Against HIV And Aids

South Africa is holding its breath while the US Congress decides whether to approve President Donald Trump`s proposed budget cuts to global health programmes -- cuts that, if approved, could significantly reduce support for HIV and Aids in South Africa. While South Africa reportedly funds most of its HIV and Aids programmes itself, donor funding accounts for 18.5% of the HIV and Aids funds available for the 2017/2018 fiscal year

July 26, 2017
Huffington Post, iol.co,za

Fanning the Flames of the AIDS Crisis in the U.S. South

Mississippi’s State Department of Health will no longer offer HIV screenings for free. Effective July 1, the Health Department began charging a $25 fee for all sexually transmitted diseases and HIV tests and lab work at all of its clinics. This decision is fuelling an already raging fire, as the U.S. South is home to 44 percent of all people living with HIV/AIDS in the country and is home to some of the highest pockets of poverty in the USA

July 7, 2017
Huffington Post

Nigeria accounts for 2nd highest HIV/AIDS burden worldwide – NEPWAN

The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria says Nigeria accounts for second highest HIV/AIDS burden worldwide after South Africa. Nigerians that died due to the disease would not have died if the government had taken up ownership of the fight by ensuring availability and access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and support programme. The country’s HIV response was largely donor driven with about 93 per cent of HIV funding sourced from external sources, however, Nigeria only contributed seven per cent of the funding

July 3, 2017
Nigerian Observer

How to reduce maternal deaths in the worst counties to give birth in

A prioritised set of interventions is to be applied over the next five years in Kenya. The implementation of a framework which would help achieve targets by improving coverage for key indicators. These include increasing skilled deliveries by 87 per cent, antenatal care by 69 per cent, full immunization to 76 per cent, contraceptive use to 73 per cent and pregnant women tested for HIV and post-test counselling to 75 per cent, all by 2020. Experts projected that following this, the absolute number of maternal deaths would reduce from 5,453 in 2014/15 to 3,276. To achieve these goals, the framework suggested key strategies that needed increased investments, including addressing disparities and increasing coverage through prioritising underserved counties and marginalized populations

June 20, 2017
The Star

Only white organisations receiving money to deal with HIV/Aids scourge‚ SANAC official claims

South African National Aids Council (SANAC) deputy chairman Steve Letsike has claimed that billions of rand meant to deal with the HIV/Aids scourge in the country is being channelled to only white-led organisations. He was briefing the media at the 8th SA Aids Conference in Durban in response to a statement issued by five civil society organisations who are threatening to withdraw from SANAC because it has been “reduced to irrelevance". The organisations are Treatment Action Campaign‚ Section27‚ Legal Resources Centre‚ Masithandane End-Hate Crimes Collective and Rural Health Advocacy Group. They have accused SANAC of facing a “crisis of governance and legitimacy” and also criticised the National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017 - 2022 that deals with HIV and TB and is guided by SANAC‚ saying it “fails to provide the much-needed direction and leadership we require"

June 16, 2017
Times Live, The South African

Transfusions happening in Nepal without testing blood for deadly diseases

No hospital in Nepal has the necessary kit to test blood for HIV during the crucial ‘window period.’ According to NCASC, since July 2016, 116 people have contracted HIV due to transfusion of blood and blood. This figure is 0.4 per cent of the total 28,865 HIV cases in Nepal. “The collected blood should be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis,” NPHL Director Dr Raj Kumar Mahato said

June 14, 2017
Himalayan Times

Health stakeholders call for more HIV and AIDS commodities

Stakeholders at a workshop on HIV and AIDS have appealed to the government of Ghana to release counterparts funding for the procurements of materials and drugs for the care and treatment of HIV/AIDs patients in the Western Region. They said many of the commodities needed to test, treat and provide overall care for persons living with the disease as well as the control of new infections continue to lag behind and this may hamper the achievement of the “90-90-90” targets. The stakeholders made the call during a regional introductory project meeting on the “Support Advocacy on ARVS and AIDS Commodities Shortage in Ghana”

June 12, 2017
Business Ghana

In global health, modest cuts do major damage

Among the headline grabbers emanating from Washington these days, a dire threat is being ignored: the White House’s proposed budget cuts would derail efforts to end the biggest infectious disease killers of our time: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Even modest cuts to global health would have real and immediate human consequences. In fact, just a $1 million reduction to the Global Fund is projected to translate to 1,330 fewer lives saved, 62,000 fewer bed nets distributed, 1,530 fewer people treated for TB, and 1,070 fewer people receiving lifesaving HIV treatment

June 8, 2017
The Hill

India’s HIV/Aids bill and its aftermath

Not even two months after India passed the HIV/Aids (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, at least five states say they have run out of life-saving HIV drugs: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra and Meghalaya are bearing the brunt of this lack of medicines. There is also a shortage of diagnostic machines and kits in AP, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland and Uttarakhand

June 7, 2017

Kenya submits US$355 million funding request to global fund

Kenya’s health ministry said it has submitted a funding request application to the Global Fund seeking US$355m to finance healthcare interventions in the country for the 2018-2020 period. The ministry said most of the grant will be used to procure commodities and lifesaving medicine for HIV, TB and Malaria

May 27, 2017
News Ghana, Standard Media
May 26, 2017
Star Kenya

Cutting HIV and Aids treatments costs in South Africa

About 15% of India’s pharmaceutical exports arrive in Africa and in South Africa, in particular, with the availability of generic antiretrovirals from India leading to a significant drop in the cost of treatment for millions of people with HIV or Aids. The BBC’s Taurai Maduma reports on Africa Business Report for the BBC World Service

May 26, 2017

How did HIV drugs worth 1.8 billion Naira expire in Nigeria?

The Nigerian minister of health said over $3bn worth of HIV drugs expired in storage. This could mean that Nigeria’s stock of HIV drugs is low. The Minister blamed incompetence and poor knowledge of healthcare workers saying there is no excuse for the waste as it adds to the massive cost involved in the HIV prevention campaign

May 19, 2017
Ventures Africa

Illegal blood banks spreading disease

Illegal blood banks are thriving under the nose of the health department in Pakistan, and spreading diseases like hepatitis, HIV and thalassemia. According to the health department, there are at least 1,600 blood banks across the Punjab province and they need to be regulated. Express Tribune reported that the Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority has never conducted any raids on these illegal banks which sell blood on without a screening process

May 15, 2017
Express Tribune

US Approves 483 Million USD Budget To Fight HIV/AIDS In South Africa

The U.S. has approved a U.S.$483m Country Operational Plan 2017 budget for South Africa to tackle HIV/Aids under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, according to Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx. The COP2017 budget will support South Africa’s HIV/Aids and TB programmes until September 2018 under the PEPFAR initiative

May 8, 2017

HIV/AIDS infections up 150% in Borno

The number of people living with HIV/Aids in Borno State has increased by about 150% over the last three years, the state branch of the Network of People Living with HIV/Aids (NEPWHAN) announced

April 27, 2017
Daily Trust

Pakistan warned of facing Africa-like situation in three to five years

The Joint United Nations programme on HIV Aids has warned Pakistan that it could face an ‘Africa-like’ situation in the next three to five years with respect to HIV Aids. UNAIDS officials in Pakistan based their inference on their observation of the rising prevalence of the disease among injectable drug users, the transgender community and sex workers

April 27, 2017
News International

Zimbabwe: HIV, Aids Chokes Informal Sector

A National Aids Council report has revealed that HIV Aids is wreaking havoc with Zimbabwe’s informal economy, a key development given that this is the sector most likely to lead any potential recovery. The report said this sector has not been targeted within the range of national efforts to fight HIV Aids, TB and cancer and this is a critical omission (

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, Financial Gazette

Uganda: Mayuge Fishermen Demand Anti-HIV/Aids Services

A substantial section of the population in the Mayuge district of Uganda are unhappy with dwindling healthcare services which authorities are rendering to communities that are at most risk of catching HIV/Aids due to the lifestyle surrounding the fishing communities, so there is an urgent need for worthy treatment and services. The need for regular HIV Aids/TB check-ups and information on permissible sex and the distance people have to travel to access healthcare leaves them extremely vulnerable

April 26, 2017
allafrica.com, Monitor uganda

The CEO of HIV

The New York Times interviews Michael Weinstein, boss of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, one of the biggest AIDS treatment organizations in the world, yet, also one that has earned the distrust of many activists. The interview explains the story of Weinstein and how he has arrived at this place  

April 26, 2017
New York Times

Trouble as dominant HIV testing kits fail crucial WHO test

Most of the dominant HIV testing kits used in Kenya and other African countries have failed crucial threshold tests set by the World Health Organization. The evaluation took place as WHO and partners say they are seeing increasing numbers of cases of misdiagnosis, reaching up to 10.5% in some African countries. The final report had some interesting findings, indicating that the insistence that misdiagnosis is mostly to be human error looks likely to be misplaced. It suggests the testing kits themselves may be largely to blame

April 17, 2017
Standard Media

Lack of resources hampers disease control in Papua

A shortage of healthcare facilities and medical practitioners in Indonesia’s Papua province is hampering efforts to combat whooping cough and HIV AIDS. The Jakarta Post said such treatable diseases have developed into epidemics in the province because of a lack of essential medicines. A health advocacy group, SKPKC Fransiskan, confirmed this adding these illnesses had taken many lives because people were not getting proper treatment

April 13, 2017
Radio New Zealand

HIV law promises equality

With the Indian parliament passing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, people living with HIV Aids are guaranteed equal rights in medical treatment, admission to educational institutions and jobs. The Bill lists grounds on which discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them is prohibited

April 12, 2017
The Hindu
April 11, 2017
Financial Express, New Indian Express

Borno runs out of anti-retroviral drugs

The Borno Agency for the Control of HIV Aids said its state run specialist hospital had run out of anti-retroviral drugs at its main centre

April 6, 2017
City Voice

Health needs of men who have sex with men neglected in South Africa

MSM men are twice as likely to be HIV positive partly because their health needs are not being met and they are stigmatized and discriminated against in health facilities in South Africa. The Anova Health Institute explains how it is working to sensitise health facilities to help them become more MSM friendly through its Health4Men programme

April 4, 2017

Linking benefits for AIDS patients to Aadhaar triggers privacy concerns

Linking people living with HIV AIDS with Aadhaar cards has allegedly ‘driven away patients from hospitals and antiretroviral therapy centres’ in Madhya Pradesh. The patients feared that the compulsory submission of an Aadhaar card to get free medicines and medical check-ups under a government’s AIDS control scheme, could lead to disclosure of their identity, inviting social stigma

April 3, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 29, 2017
HT Syndication

Men who have sex with men face difficulty getting HIV medicine due to stigma

Homosexuals are a vulnerable group who struggle to access treatment for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases because of the stigma and discrimination against them, health professionals and NGOs from Eastern and Southern African countries were told at a Johannesburg event to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment 

March 28, 2017
Business Day

Counties to share health experts to address shortage

Governors from 13 counties that make up the Kenyan Lake Region Economic Bloc have initiated a plan that will see the devolved units share medical specialists to address shortage. Hospitals will specialise in treating different ailments and reduce patients in key referral hospitals. The plan also involves tackling the high growing disease burden and prevalence of malaria, HIV and infant mortality

March 24, 2017
Daily Nation, Business Daily

Tamil Nadu: Nothing positive in HIV bill, say patients

HIV positive people came together to protest against a recent government proposal to ‘take measures, as far as possible, to provide anti-retroviral treatment, diagnostics and treatment for opportunistic infections to those living with HIV’. They argue the bill fails to ensure free and complete treatment of HIV positive people and want the phrase ‘as far as possible’ removed from the proposed law 

March 24, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, New Indian Express, Hindustan Times

13 counties in western Kenya agree to joint delivery of health services

Thirteen counties in western Kenya have agreed to work together to improve delivery of healthcare services, particularly on malaria and HIV/Aids. The counties forming the Lake Region Bloc are in discussion to develop a joint blue print to address joint health service challenges

March 21, 2017
Standard Media

When the U.S. funds global health, other countries do too

Research by a Tennessee professor shows that whenever the U.S. steps up and plays a lead role in funding global health programme this has a knock-on effect and other countries follow suit. It also helps promote increased governmental legitimacy in the developing world and moves their focus more onto diseases which are rising and whose growth would impact upon a developing country’s own budget

March 21, 2017
Washington Post

HIV/Aids drugs for developing world face threat of disruption

With just four companies supplying the bulk of antiretroviral medication to poor countries, the FT flags the fact that ARV drugs for the developing world could face disruption. Last year a key plant owned by Mylan in Nashak, India, was inspected by the U.S. FDA. Several deficiencies were found which could lead to the suspension of its ARVs. Mylan produces over half of all ARVs for the LMICs. If its production were to be suspended up to 7m patients would be at risk of not receiving drugs

March 16, 2017
Financial Times

Hidden HIV Reservoirs Exposed by Telltale Protein

Researchers reported they have found the hidden HIV reservoirs, which they successfully exposed with a tell-tale protein. This new discovery may help doctors to identify elusive infected cells in the body and could prove to be a further step down the road to successful treatment

March 16, 2017
Scientific American

Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Michael Botticelli, who served as President Obama’s National Drug Control Policy chief, said ‘he is concerned the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction’

March 15, 2017

PREP can play significant role in HIV/Aids prevention

The Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu Foundation said PREP ‘can play a significant role in terms of HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.’ Becker added ‘adolescents and young women will in particular benefit from this new prevention scale-up method, particularly now that the world wants to prioritise primary prevention for women and young girls’

March 15, 2017
New Era, Standard Media, Tuko Kenya

UNICEF said a lack of early testing for HIV, and widespread stigma, leaves fourth-fifths of chil...

UNICEF said a lack of early testing for HIV, and widespread stigma, leaves fourth-fifths of children with the virus in West and Central Africa without life-saving drugs, which in turn means tens of thousands could die within years 

March 15, 2017

Drop in London HIV rates 'may be due to internet drug PrEP'

A drug being bought online is believed to be the reason for a 40% drop in new rates of HIV in London. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, reduces the risk of catching the virus and costs around £40 per month. Four London clinics are reporting dramatic falls in new cases of HIV last year, when compared to 2015, and they suggest the new drug may be the reason why 

March 5, 2017
Sky News

Communicable diseases

Philippines trials anti-HIV drug as cases hit record high

A total of 1,098 new HIV cases were recorded in May - the highest monthly figure since the country`s first reported case in 1984.The Philippines has kicked off a pilot project offering anti-HIV drugs to gays and transgender women as new infection rates in the country buck global trends and hit a record high. Under the project, 200 HIV-negative gay men and transgender women will be given a daily pill known as PrEP that is designed to protect the body pre-exposure, rather than after HIV spreads

July 26, 2017

Swaziland Cuts HIV Infection Rate in Half

The U.S. government says the HIV epidemic is "coming under control" in Swaziland, the country with the world`s highest prevalence of the virus. The U.S. President`s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) said that new infections among adults in Swaziland have dropped by nearly half since 2011, and the latest research shows that life-saving anti-retroviral treatment has doubled in the country during the same time period and now reaches over 80 percent of infected adults

July 24, 2017
VOA News

Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission

A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free. This and other recent, isolated cases of remission have given additional hope to the 37 million people worldwide infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Yet experts urged caution, saying the case is extremely rare and does not suggest a simple path to a cure. It`s a case that raises more questions than it necessarily answers," said Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society

July 24, 2017

HIV fight advances with new drug cocktails, fresh vaccine hopes

Three decades after approval of the first-ever AIDS treatment, HIV medicine is seeing a new wave of innovation with scientists reporting positive data for improved drug cocktails and a novel experimental vaccine. Adding to optimism is the success of anti-retrovirals in preventing infection as well as growing hopes for an eventual "functional" cure that may keep the virus at bay without drugs. Researchers believe such advances are necessary to stay ahead of a virus that can all too often develop resistance to medicines, despite the use since 1996 of three- or four-drug combinations that mean HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence

July 24, 2017

Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since 2005, the United Nations said. In its latest global report on the pandemic, which has killed around 35 million people worldwide since it began in the 1980s, the UNAIDS agency said there were particularly encouraging signs in Africa, a continent ravaged by the disease

July 20, 2017

GeneXpert for Tuberculosis can detect viral load in HIV: Study

Doctors at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore decided to put their GeneXpert machine, which is in routine used to detect if the sputum sample is resistant to first line TB drug, Rifampacin, to use for detecting viral loads in HIV patients. In 96.6 per cent of cases, the viral load figures for a patient on both GeneXpert and TaqMan Assay fell within threshold of statistical acceptability

July 19, 2017

NIH launches prospective study of Zika and HIV co-infection during pregnancy

The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to determine the potential risks that infection with the Zika virus might pose for pregnancies in which the mother is also infected with HIV. At this point, little is known about whether Zika virus infection poses additional risks for maternal or infant health in pregnancies already complicated by HIV. Researchers hope the new study will provide information on whether infection with one of these viruses might increase the risk for infection with the other

July 10, 2017
National Institutes of Health

Kenyans are first in Africa to get generic of latest AIDS drug

The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said. Dolutegravir is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. ‘The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper,’ said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as ‘the most effective HIV treatment currently on the market’

June 28, 2017
Reuters, Gulf Times, Bloomberg

Venezuela's latest deadly plight: AIDS

Affordable drugs, education for at-risk groups, free condoms all helped control and reduce the country’s HIV epidemic. Stephanie Nolen, Latin America correspondent for Canada’s Globe & Mail, who covered the AIDS pandemic in Africa more than a decade ago, was recently in Venezuela which she described thus, "There is nowhere in the world today where people are dying of AIDS at the pace and in the sheer numbers that they are in Venezuela: Even the poorest African countries today have HIV treatment programs"

June 27, 2017
USA Today

President Trump wants you to know he actually does care about HIV/AIDS

In the nearly eight months since he was elected president, Trump has managed to alienate a diverse range of stakeholders in the healthcare world — from scientists researching autism to parents of children with preexisting conditions. But the backlash from the HIV/AIDS community has been especially fierce. In a very public display of frustration, Scott Schoettes, a former member of PACHA, accused the Trump administration of having “no strategy to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Writing in a commentary in Newsweek, he also said Trump and his government have sought zero input from experts on their HIV policy and have pushed legislation that “will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease”

June 27, 2017
Washington Post

D.C. reports sharp decline in new HIV infections

In 2007, D.C. residents were diagnosed with HIV at a rate of nearly four per day. That rate dropped to less than one resident per day in 2016. The 74 percent decline in new cases — from 1,333 in 2007 to 347 in 2016 — can be attributed to factors that include a needle-exchange program, condom distribution and increasing use of preventive medication to halt the spread of the disease, city officials

June 27, 2017
Washington Post

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

The World Health Organization released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. “With the power and adaptability of molecular technologies, we are in an era of great advancement for the rapid diagnosis of many diseases using single platforms,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme

June 27, 2017
The Hindu

Cameroon's sex workers brush off beatings to send clients for HIV tests

While one in 25 people in Cameroon are living with HIV, more than a third of the country`s sex workers are infected, meaning they hold the key to halting the spread of the virus. Despite the frequent insults, threats and attacks, sex workers are helping to save the lives of their clients from the Central African nation`s biggest killer - HIV. Sex workers are persuading these men to take free HIV tests in mobile clinics, set up inside or nearby brothels and run by teams of doctors, nurses, social workers and lab technicians

June 26, 2017

Lawmakers push White House for action after HIV panel resignations

The leaders of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus are demanding answers from the White House after a mass exodus from a presidential advisory group. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the co-chairs of that group, delivered a letter last week to President Trump that called for the White House to back off proposed budget cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, revamp the currently blank website it scrubbed in January, and to appoint a national AIDS policy director, all after six council members jointly resigned

June 26, 2017
Stat News

Govt lacks tools to stem virus infection cases: Health officials

At a time when viruses like the H1N1, malaria, influenza and dengue are on the rise, the Mumbai government is lacking the tools to combat them and is yet to design a vaccination plan to fight them. Health officials have also said that there is no proper awareness campaign in place either to educate people about the spread and effect of these deadly viruses, which is on the rise in the city due to temperature fluctuations brought by intermittent rainfall. Officials said viral infections have claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, most as a result of dengue and malaria. Viral infections are now proliferating in addition to tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases, they added

June 25, 2017
Asian Age

U.S. supports families affected by HIV/AIDS in Lagos with N2.9 million

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria has awarded a N2.9 million micro grant to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in some part of Lagos state. The Mission gave the grant to 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of families, especially vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, in five local communities in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos. Under the U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organisation, Blissful Life for Women and Children, will train the beneficiaries in business and vocational skills and trade mentorship, and will receive trade articles and supplies

June 23, 2017
Premium Times
June 25, 2017
June 24, 2017
Daily Post

Government asks private clinics to submit list of AIDS patients they are treating

The National Aids Control Organization (NACO) under ministry of health and family welfare has written to all states and Union territories in India to direct private clinics and hospitals in their respective areas to compile and submit a list of HIV/AIDS cases they are treating. The move has been taken in a bid to get a definite data on HIV/AIDS

June 21, 2017
Live Mint

Walgreens - Greater Than AIDS - Unite to Serve Against HIV/AIDS

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. recently formed an alliance with Greater Than AIDS, a national public information group, focused on the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is not the first time that Walgreens has teamed up with Greater Than AIDS. For the past six years, the companies have been coordinating with health departments and local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) as part of a National HIV Testing Day effort to offer free HIV testing and counseling on prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

June 20, 2017

85% Raj rural women don’t know about HIV/AIDS

High migratory population in the state makes Rajasthan vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. But a matter of even more serious concern is that the percentage of women with comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS is quite low there. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) (2015-16), only 19.1% of women have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS. The situation is even worse in rural areas, where only 14.7% of women (age 15-49 years) have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS

June 19, 2017
Times of India

Trump Doesn’t Care About HIV. We’re Outta Here

Scott A. Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, writes: “Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease”

June 16, 2017
June 17, 2017
June 18, 2017
Independent, Huffington Post

Decline in infrastructure, support systems hampering HIV fight in SA

In a new report, UNAIDS cautioned that while new HIV infections had fallen dramatically in the past two decades, especially among children, the trend among adults has stalled and even risen in a number of places over the past five years. Cuts in foreign aid will have an impact on the national fight against HIV/Aids, but the decline in South Africa’s critical infrastructure and support systems has an equally negative effect on eradicating the disease. “Structural issues need to be addressed by government. You can’t do Aids prevention when people are hungry, homeless or unemployed” UNAIDS said

June 13, 2017
The Citizen, The Citizen, Oscar OFM

Pharmacists win big in HIV self-testing drive

The Government has partnered with pharmacists to drive the recently launched HIV self-testing programme and administering preventive drugs to people at high risk. The move is a major win for the more than 4,000 pharmacists registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) whose operations will be the primary healthcare centres to support the efforts to fight HIV/Aids. Heavy backing from the programme is expected to drive constant traffic of customers to pharmacies, thus boosting their businesses

June 11, 2017
KDRTV, Standard Media

South Africa learns from HIV/Aids crisis on working with charities

There are significant gaps in access to high quality healthcare on the ground in South Africa, and only a fraction of the population can afford private healthcare. In the late 1990s, as the gravity of the HIV crisis in South Africa came into focus, a coalition of charities worked together to demonstrate the desperate need for affordable anti-retroviral drugs, despite the then government’s infamous denial of Aids. Médecins Sans Frontières, along with South Africa-based Treatment Action Campaign and other local partners, helped quietly bring generic anti-HIV drugs into the country and treated patients at a government clinic in a Cape Town township where infection rates were soaring. After that coalition demonstrated affordable, life-saving HIV treatment was possible, and lobbied for several years, the government changed its policies. It now runs the largest HIV drug treatment programme in the world

June 8, 2017
Financial Times

Over 600 new HIV patients detected in a year

As many as 644 new patients, including 19 pregnant women, were detected as HIV positive in Aurangbad district over the last year, to date, a total of 70,250 individuals were screened for HIV between April 2016 and March this year, of which 625 were found positive. Another 19 pregnant women tested positive for HIV of the 72,805 checked during the same period. With this, the total number of registered HIV positive patients in Aurangabad district is now 15,977. Of these, about 4,889 have been taking regular medication at state-run Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres

June 8, 2017
Times of India

America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic

The New York Times asks why America’s black gay and bisexual men have a higher HIV rate than any other country in the world, according to the CDC, who last year published a survey which predicted that if current rates continue, one in two African-American gay and bisexual men will become infected with the virus. That compares to a lifetime risk of one in 99 for all Americans and one in 11 for white gay and bisexual men. For perspective, Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate at 28.8%, if gay and bisexual African-American men made up a country its rate would surpass that of this impoverished nation and all other nations

June 6, 2017
New York Times

Hepatitis detection remains high among voluntary blood donors, HIV dips

While the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) programme conducts active screening and treatment for HIV infections, making a considerable dent in new cases, hepatitis has no active screening campaign under central or state government, however, SBTC data showed that while blood donation escalated in 2015 to 2016, the government had to do away with at least 50,799 blood units in two years due to HIV, hepatitis, malaria or syphilis detection. The WHO says that the size of the Indian hepatitis population remains hidden as most do not know about the infection until they suffer from liver cirrhosis

June 6, 2017
Indian Express

Sexual Transmission of HIV/AIDS Alarming

The rate of HIV/Aids through sexual transmission has doubled over the past couple of years in Iran, according to officials, this means that it has increased to 30% from the earlier 15%, after the transmission patterns shifted away from needles/syringes to sexual transmission, additionally, women are contracting the virus at a faster pace than men. Despite efforts to control the spread of the virus, the desirable level of success has not been achieved due to social and cultural barriers which means a greater need to spread public awareness

June 6, 2017
Financial Tribune

Ukrainian NGO Works to Stop Spread of HIV Among Sex Workers

During a recent visit to Kyiv, Michel Kazatchkine — the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia — toured the Ukrainian capital`s various harm-reduction programs, aimed at stopping the spread of HIV, among those was the nongovernmental organization Eney (Aeneas), which specializes in providing medical and legal assistance to female sex workers in Kyiv. Eney`s Viktoria Belekanich uses the organization`s mobile laboratory to check up on sex workers around the city. From the outside, the mobile lab looks like an ordinary van. Inside, however, it features a doctor`s office complete with an examination chair. The lab distributes condoms and other needed supplies, as well as offering a private space for sex workers to get quickly tested for HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections

June 6, 2017
Voice of America

Local solutions, people-centred health systems key to ending AIDS epidemic – UN deputy chief

In its annual review of the UN Secretary-General’s report there was a call for a reinvigorated global response to HIV/Aids, according to the report, with less than four years to go to 2020, the time by which countries promised to reduce new HIV Aids infections and Aids-related deaths to fewer than 500,000 and end HIV-related stigma and discrimination, all meaningful progress on reducing new HIV infections among adults has stalled, financing for the global response has dried up and more importantly, women and girls continue to bear the brunt of the AIDS epidemic

June 1, 2017
United Nations
June 3, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
June 2, 2017
IPS News

HIV hidden reservoirs detected with new powerful test, bringing scientists closer to a cure

Scientists have developed a test sensitive enough to identify HIV lurking in a dormant state in the body. It appears to be faster and less invasive that the method used currently to track down `hidden` HIV – and as such represents an important step in the direction of a potential cure. In a study published in Nature Medicine, scientists describe a new test which allowed them to identify the virus hiding in the body, and to assess if the detected virus could start replicating again if patients stopped taking their drugs

May 29, 2017
International Business Times

Migrant labour, truckers play spoiler in anti-AIDS mission

A large population of migrant workers and truckers are non-receptive to the extensive campaign of promoting safe sex, thus contributing to the high number of HIV-positive cases in Andhra Pradesh. These two groups have been non-receptive to the use of condoms for sex which has in part fuelled the increase in HIV positive cases

May 29, 2017
The Hindu

AIDS charity on verge of collapse; 600 families under threat

The Saudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients (SCAAP) in Jeddah is struggling with its finances as many benefactors have abandoned the charitable organization. This has curtailed the charity’s operations and only a small number of people now benefit from its food baskets programme

May 29, 2017
Saudi Gazette

Sex workers to remain ‘criminals’, vulnerable to HIV?

The Daily Maverick reports that after almost 20 year of foot-dragging, the government has been advised to continue to criminalise sex work – in the very week when a special clinic for sex workers and drug users designed to tackle the health issues surrounding the industry head on opens in Cape Town. Mathematical modelling and current evidence indicate that if sex work was decriminalised, 33-46% of HIV infections could be averted among female sex workers and clients within a decade, opening the door to more preventative strategies

May 28, 2017
Daily Maverick

Governments must invest in pre-exposure prophylaxis to end HIV/Aids

PrEP is an additional anti-retroviral medication tool which can be used to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection by uninfected people, particularly those that are at substantial risk of infection. Among the most vulnerable groups are women and young girls, gay and bisexual men, commercial sex workers and those that are in violent relationships and street kids. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce risk of infection by up to 92%, Southern African News calls for governments to work with aid agencies to make PrEP affordable for those who need it most

May 26, 2017
Southern African

HIV/AIDS prevalence on the rise in East Africa

Stigmatization and discrimination among commercial sex workers, transgender, prisoners and homosexuals has been identified as the main cause for the high prevalence of HIV/Aids in East Africa, according to findings from a workshop on Kenya National Advocacy, aimed at reducing violence and discrimination against these key populations. When these groups are stigmatized and discriminated against they do not have the incentive to seek health services and legal protection and this can be an important factor in propagating the infection

May 25, 2017
Citizen TV

HIV drug PrEP praised for helping prevent other sexually transmitted diseases

Victoria AIDS Council chief executive, Simon Ruth, tried to quell fears about a man taking PrEp being reported as testing positive for HIV, he also pointed out that Truvada contains two medications and is not 100% effective but studies show it reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 99%. Prahan Market Clinic director said ‘considering 3,000 people are involved in the PrEPX trial in Victoria alone he expected there would be more than one seroconversion’

May 23, 2017
The Age

Melbourne man tests positive to HIV while taking preventative drug

A man has tested positive for HIV at a Melbourne clinic, while participating in a trial of PrEP, an antiretroviral drug credited with preventing the spread of the disease. This has sparked fears in the gay community about possible resistance to the medication. However, it is not yet clear whether the man contracted a drug-resistant strain, or something else is to blame

May 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

48% of drug addicts in Pakistan suffering from HIV/AIDS: UN survey

The UN expressed concern after conducting a survey in Pakistan which revealed that 48% of drug addicts are suffering from HIV/AIDS. The survey, involving more than 37,000 drug addicts, was carried out across 14 cities including Karachi, Bahawalpur and Kasur on those who inject drugs into their bodies with syringes

May 22, 2017
The Nation

NGO condemns stigma against sex workers in Malawi

Dignitas International says there is no way Malawi can win the battle against HIV/AIDS if society continues stigmatizing sex workers, who are one of the key populations involved, in the spread of HIV. The NGO is implementing an HIV key populations project, which seeks to fight for the rights of key population members to access health services, as a way of minimizing the spread of the virus

May 21, 2017
Malawi 24

UNAIDS renews call for more research into HIV vaccine

UNAIDS is renewing calls for continued research to find a vaccine for the disease whose 20th HIV Vaccine Awareness Day falls on Thursday. Despite the success in scaling up treatment and ongoing prevention programmes, there are still large numbers of people infected with HIV each year. Even if a 90% reduction in HIV infections is achieved by 2030, there will still be around 20,000 new HIV infections annually. This shows how essential a vaccine for the long-term control of HIV is

May 20, 2017
Business Ghana

Investment in health is the foundation for sustainable development

The incoming head of The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Marike Wijnroks, writes an opinion article for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she makes a case for the three pillars that make up the development agenda: improving sustainability, building resilience and assuming responsibility. Ensuring their application to public health and global health security mitigates the vulnerability to disease which can cause catastrophic loss of life and social upheaval

May 19, 2017

Govt Details $460 Million Plan to Combat HIV/AIDS

According to the Myanmar government there are around 200,000 people living with HIV and 115,000 who receive antiretroviral treatment. The government will contribute 18% of the budget to a programme to combat HIV with the rest of the money coming from international organizations and NGOs, including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three Millennium Goals Development Fund and the relevant UN agencies

May 18, 2017
Irrawady News

U.S. pledges $526 million aid in 2017 to Tanzania to fight AIDS

The U.S. approved $526m in aid to Tanzania over the coming year to expand the roll-out of life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs to people infected with HIV. Some 1.4m Tanzanians are estimated to be living with HIV in an nation of around 50m people, with about 850,000 of them currently on anti-retrovirals (ARVs). The funds were donated through the PEPFAR programme

May 18, 2017

Liberia: UNAIDS, Chinese Television Giant Sign Agreement for HIV Awareness in Africa

Star Times, a Chinese digital television provider, and UNAIDS, have signed an agreement to increase awareness of HIV through its broadcast networks and to reduce the stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV throughout the African continent 

May 15, 2017
allafrica.com, Front Page Africa

HIV/AIDS mortality rate surges by 11pc, says report

The mortality rate for HIV/Aids in Pakistan has surged despite receiving more funds than demanded to stem the spread of the disease, says the report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. It said that there has been an 11% increase in the mortality rate in Pakistan, whereas, worldwide, deaths due to the disease declined at a rate of 1.5% between 2000 and 2013

May 14, 2017
The Nation

People With HIV Are Living 10 Years Longer

More people are living longer lives with HIV, according to a new report published in the Lancet HIV that includes data from more than 88,000 people from 18 countries. People who contracted the virus in recent years are living 10 years longer than people who were infected in the mid-1990s. The report indicates the introduction of anti-HIV drugs beginning in the early 1990s has played a large role in helping people live longer with HIV 

May 10, 2017
May 13, 2017

Prevalência de VIH/Sida subiu para 13,2% em Moçambique

The prevalence of HIV Aids in Mozambique rose from 11.5% to 13.2% between 2009 and 2015, according to a survey released by the ministry of health. The infection rate is highest in urban areas, with 16.8% affected whilst in rural areas it reaches 11%. Women are the group most heavily affected with a prevalence of 20.5%, 15.5% among women in urban areas and 12.6% in rural areas. Among men, prevalence is 12.3%, with 10.1% in the cities and 8.6% in rural areas

May 9, 2017
Observador, Verdade

South Korea Should Get Real on HIV

Human Rights Watch reports that the South Korean government considers people living with HIV ‘morally unfit’ to teach English and medically unfit to receive government scholarships to study at South Korean universities. This practice has been condemned by the UN and governments around the world, yet still, foreign English teachers in South Korea must pass periodic HIV tests to keep their positions, and foreign graduate students may be disqualified from exchange programmes and have government scholarships revoked if they are found to be HIV positive

May 5, 2017
Human Rights Watch

Uganda – Aids Fund Yet to Be Set Up Two Years On

More than two years after Uganda passed a law to establish an HIV/Aids fund it has yet to be implemented. Uganda is among 35 countries that account for 90% of the new infections globally. Data shows that with each new 100,000 infections, Uganda ranks third in the world after Nigeria with 230,000 and South Africa with 340,000. Young people, especially girls between 15 and 24 are affected by the high infection rates

April 14, 2017
Africa News

Bush steps back into the spotlight to help Africa fight epidemics

As the U.S. Congress headed for a bruising showdown over international aid budget funding later this month, former President George W. Bush flew to Africa to publicize a $6.8bn HIV Aids assistance programme that has done much to rehabilitate the continent’s future. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, which he established in 2004, has saved millions of lives he argued and the investment is in the U.S.’s own national interest

April 8, 2017
New York Times
April 7, 2017
Washington Post
April 8, 2017
The Hill

Former US President Bush Touts Signature Africa AIDS Program in Botswana

Former U.S. President George W. Bush touted his signature aid project for Africa during a visit to Botswana, saying he hoped Washington would recognise its importance in saving lives threatened by AIDS. ‘I hope our government, when they analyse what works around the world, will understand that PEPFAR has saved over 11 million lives,’ Bush said  

April 4, 2017
Voice of America, Business Insider UK, Africa Review, WKZO, Reuters

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

The Huffington Post reports on a research project carried out by an international team into AIDS denialism in Russia, with a focus of online communities and on getting a handle on what themes or ideas drive the thinking of those involved. Much to their surprise ‘three important factors were determined: inadequate counselling, denial of the diagnosis because the informants felt OK and an unwillingness to follow antiretroviral treatment.’ They also pointed to ‘an arrogant and paternalistic approach’ which many doctors employed, leading to the deniers seeking their own answers often online. They concluded with some advice ‘believe whatever you want about AIDS but check your immune system just in case’

April 3, 2017
The Huffington Post

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards SDGs

Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, praised the efforts made by Asia Pacific nations to push ahead with the implementation of the 17 SDGs. She highlighted the domestication of the action plan by these countries, many of whom have developed a national sustainable development strategy, as a particular success. She picked out progress on gender equality in primary education and maternal mortality rates which are down, except for isolated pockets

April 3, 2017
The Phnom Penh Post
April 2, 2017
Malay Mail
April 3, 2017
Eurasia Review
March 31, 2017
The Irrawady

How successful were the millennium development goals?

A new study tries to measure the success of the Millennium Development Goals. The research indicates that at least 21 million lives were saved due to accelerated progress. Two-thirds of the lives saved were in sub-Saharan Africa, around a fifth were in China and India and the remainder were spread across the developing world. Between 8.8 to 17.3m of the lives saved were due to faster progress on child mortality; 8.7m due to expanded treatment for HIV Aids, 3.1m due to declines in TB deaths and approximately half a million due to improvements in maternal mortality

March 30, 2017
The Guardian
January 11, 2017
Brookings Institute

Tuberculosis: Experts blame disease spread on recession, malnutrition

Experts said the high incidence of tuberculosis among rural and city slum dwellers in Nigeria can be blamed, in some part, on the economic recession in the country. The experts also identified malnutrition as a key factor in reducing a TB patient’s chances of surviving treatment. Health professionals said ‘there is a need to focus more on TB screening and treatment as more Nigerians have lesser access to good meals which boost immunity against infection

March 29, 2017
Punch Nigeria

UN strategy for eliminating HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is unfeasible, according to UCLA study

WHO and UNAIDS propose using treatment prevention to eliminate HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The strategy would treat people infected with HIV to reduce their ability to infect others as a way to prevent them from transmitting the disease. UNAIDS has set a goal to diagnose and treat 90% of those individuals infected by 2020. Now, a new study by UCLA researchers concludes that although the plan is laudable, implementing it might not be feasible. Spatial demographics of populations in predominantly rural countries will significantly hinder and possibly prevent the elimination of HIV. Only a minority live in urban centres and nobody knows where the vast majority of HIV-infected people live

March 29, 2017
UCLA, Newswise.com

Opinion: My vision for the WHO

One of the three candidates to become Director General of the World Health Organization talks to devex.com about his vision for the future of the World Health Organization should his campaign turn out successful

March 27, 2017

SA holds the key in curing multi-drug resistant TB

South Africa is one of the hardest hit countries by tuberculosis (TB), with more than 450 000 new cases reported each year - new radio interview

March 25, 2017
March 22, 2017
March 24, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
March 26, 2017
Daily Star Bangladesh
March 27, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

India must fight TB harder as disease claims 1,400 every day

India continues to struggle to combat the disease with nearly 41% of TB patients in India failing to get adequate treatment causing nearly 5,000 deaths in the country every

March 24, 2017
Hindu Business Line

Russia Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know About Its HIV Epidemic

In 2015, the number of HIV cases detected in Russia bypassed 1m. According to the latest government data, 103,000 new cases were detected in 2016 alone. But given that only 20% of the population is tested, epidemiologists estimate that the real number of people infected is closer to 1.5m. In a country with a population of 143m, this is enough to declare an epidemic, according to WHO criteria. Even though several regional governments have spoken about an ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis, the federal government continues to deny complete reality

March 24, 2017

Rise of superbug tuberculosis hampers global control efforts

Rising rates of drug-resistant TB are threatening to derail decades of progress against the disease and new antibiotics to treat them are in their infancy. Around 1 in 5 cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug, researchers for a new study found. Around 1 in 20 are multi-drug resistant or extensively drug resistant. Approximately half of global cases of MDR-TB are in India, China and Russia, but migration and international travel have allowed drug-resistant strains to appear in almost every part of the world

March 22, 2017
March 24, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
March 26, 2017
Daily Star Bangladesh
March 25, 2017
March 27, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

New Trial Looks at HIV’s Risks to Hearts of Aging Patients

Scientists are embarking on a massive clinic-based trial to test a drug which will reduce the chances of people living with HIV developing heart diseases and suffering from heart-related illnesses like strokes. The trial will span four continents and involve 6,500 participants

February 27, 2017
Voice of America, Times Live
February 28, 2017

Why Europe should lead on fight against disease

Renate Baehr, executive director of the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung, wrote an Op Ed for Politico Europe, in which she argued that ‘the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit have made European action on disease control more important than ever and that the Bloc needs to fill the U.S. power vacuum as it steadily withdraws’

February 23, 2017