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UNAIDS survey aligns with so-called fourth 90 for HIV/AIDS

The survey echoes a trend in the community to take notice of mental wellness when thinking of public health interventions to fight HIV/AIDS.

31 May 2019
The Lancet (free registration required)
Significant health gains from faster switching to second-line ART in sub-Saharan Africa

Switching to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) after a single viral load measurement above 1000 copies/ml has the potential to save lives, avert a significant burden of AIDS-related illnesses

29 May 2019
Michael Carter
UNAIDS launches Health Innovation Exchange to connect innovations in health to country needs and investments

UNAIDS and partners have launched a new initiative to leverage the potential of innovations to improve the health of all. The Health Innovation Exchange will link innovators to investors and innovations to implementers. Launched on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the initiative aims to support global efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

21 May 2019
UNAIDS press release
UNAIDS calls on countries to remove discriminatory laws and enact laws that protect people from discrimination

Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on 17 May, UNAIDS is calling on all countries to remove discriminatory laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Discriminatory laws drive key populations out of reach of critical health and social services.

16 May 2019
Damaged in Scandal, Head of U.N. AIDS Agency Resigns Suddenly

The head of the United Nations agency created to eradicate the AIDS crisis resigned “with immediate effect” on Wednesday, five months after his leadership was impugned in a damning report about workplace sexual harassment and bullying.

09 May 2019
New York Times
NGOs claim victory over US funding cut to South Africa’s HIV programmes

A plan to cut US funding to South Africa for HIV programmes is likely to be reversed – as long as the quality of services for people living with HIV is increased, say health NGOs. “The turnaround is a major victory for people living with HIV in the country, as critical resources will be restored,” eight NGOs are quoted in The Times as saying.

02 May 2019
Medical Brief
South Africa: Cutting U.S. funding will harm people with HIV most

Arguably the biggest challenge facing South Africa’s HIV response today is how to support many more people living with HIV to start and, importantly, stay on treatment. Doing this in the context of a dysfunctional healthcare system will not be easy, but cannot be shied away from. Yet instead of receiving commitment to do what it will take to make this happen, South Africa is facing the threat of dramatic cuts in U.S. government funding that risk derailing future progress, gambling with people’s health and lives.

25 April 2019
Health GAP
“Dialogue” Highlighted As Way Forward At Closure Of WHO Fair Pricing Forum

WHO said that it will launch a public online consultation involving governments, industry and civil society to try to come up with a broad consensus on what actually constitutes a “fair price” for essential medicines.

15 April 2019
Health Policy Watch
UN Whistleblower Targeted in Misconduct Probe

Confidential documents obtained by The Associated Press show UNAIDS is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving Martina Brostrom, who went public last March with claims that one of the organization's top officials assaulted her in 2015. As part of a preliminary internal inquiry, investigators for the World Health Organization, which oversees UNAIDS, wrote that they had found "evidence" that Brostrom and her former supervisor may have taken part in "fraudulent practices and misuse of travel funds," the documents show.

15 April 2019
U.S. News and World Report
South Africa: Health department scrambles to stop US cut in HIV funds

In a surprise move barely six weeks after announcing that SA was to get an extra $1.2bn to support its HIV/AIDS programmes over the next two years, US global AIDS coordinator Deborah Birx said Pepfar’s programmes are performing so poorly in SA that funding should be cut from the start of the next US financial year, which begins on October 1.

12 April 2019
Business Day

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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