Africa: UNAIDS Issues Guidance On Reducing Stigma and Discrimination During Covid-19 Responses
[UNAIDS] Geneva -- Drawing on 40 years of experience from the AIDS response, UNAIDS is issuing new guidance on how to reduce stigma and discrimination in the context of COVID-19. The guidance is based on the latest evidence on what works to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination and applies it to COVID-19.
[New Zimbabwe] Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who also doubles as the Health Minister, has said despite the Covid-19 induced disruptions to HIV/AIDS service delivery in 2020, the government's response to HIV was pleasing as new infections decrease.
[New Era] Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula says the past two years have presented unprecedented challenges on global healthcare systems, with the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic severely impacting HIV/Aids response efforts.
[WHO-AFRO] Mauritius marked World AIDS Day 2021 on 01 December 2021 at the Yves Cantin community hospital, Black River under the theme "End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemic". This year's theme is of utmost importance at a point in time where the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened inequalities among the world populations.
[Daily Maverick] New technology may hold promise for the next chapter of the fight to eradicate HIV, but it still comes down to a need for clearer strategy, support for implementation and better leadership all-round to get the job done.
It was mid-March 2020 and Brad Sears had a good indication of what was going to happen next. He had survived the AIDS epidemic four decades ago and based on that experience knew COVID-19 would quickly expose existing social inequalities.As a young man in the early 1980s and on a career track in law, Sears was well aware of the policy discussions around HIV/AIDS. Much of that discussion at the federal level characterized AIDS as a gay men ’s disease and thus not a priority for the Reagan-era United States. The impact of oppression and discrimination — whether measured by access to health care, poverty, mental he...
[WHO-AFRO] This year's commemoration of World AIDS Day occurs in a complicated terrain where essential services have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the theme "End Inequality, End AIDS. End pandemic" this day is more than a call for a balance in health interventions to give all patients the chance to have equitable access to health services.
By Esther Tumbare, Senior global technical director for HIV ; Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International ; Denis Ako-Arrey , Chief of party, Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda ; Damasco Wamboya, Family Health Technical Team Lead ; Michael Herce, Global Technical Lead for HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases A community youth dialogue on teenage pregnancies with young women in the Ngora District of Uganda.November 29, 2021In 2020 alone, 1 in 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 19became mothers and 1 in 5 got married or entered into a civil union. In Uganda, ...
[MBC] The devastation that COVID-19 has brought on global economies and the grief it has left on many families cannot be overemphasized.
By Joice Yari, Key population outreach nurse A nurse draws blood to test for HIV and begins counseling a client at the Saint Bakhita Health Centre in Yei, South Sudan. Photo taken by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.November 03, 2021Every day, I go out into communities and talk with sex workers and their clients. I tell them about HIV and encourage them to get tested. And when I identify someone who is HIV-positive, I enroll them in antiretroviral treatment (ART), the drug regimen that will help them stay healthy and keep their viral load down, so they are less likely to transmit the disease.I provide and con...
[SciDev.Net] Lessons must be learned from COVID-19 as a new HIV vaccine trial starts this month, writes Ifeanyi M. Nsofor.