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Promoting health through the life course

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

Health systems

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

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

Communicable diseases

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

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

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

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

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