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.
[Daily Maverick] During the HIV pandemic, doctors were traumatised by the government's indifference towards patients' lack of access to treatment. In the case of Covid-19, some physicians say, they have to cope with the devastating consequences of most of the country's health resources having been allocated to one disease.
[Nation] More young Kenyans could end up being infected with HIV due to the prolonged closure of schools over Covid-19 pandemic fears.
[UNFPA] Olupandu, Namibia -- While the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Secilia Jacob*, 18, is fighting her own battle with a different virus. She is learning to come to terms with her HIV status.
[The Conversation Africa] Based on official figures - which may be somewhat under reported - COVID-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared.
[WHO] The World Health Organization continues to expend its strategic technical expertise support to include logistical and operational support to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to respond to COCID-19 pandemic. This was demonstrated with the recent donation of COVID-19 response supplies and equipment worth more than 600,000 US Dollars. The consignment, which were officially handed over to the Minister of Health and Sanitation by the WHO Representative on 4 September
[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -- Former students of Mbapapi Private Secondary School in Kasungu District, Saturday donated foodstuffs and assorted groceries worth K500,000.00 to teachers and support staff at the school to cushion them from economic shocks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment. Progress is well under way. In 2019, 67% of those living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 85% of pregnant women with HIV were receiving medication to prevent transmission to their babies.
[SAnews.gov.za] Deputy President David Mabuza says provincial departments of health have started experimenting with combining Tubercolisis (TB) and COVID-19 screening in some locations, while also offering HIV self-screening at COVID-19 sites.
[AIM] Maputo -- The Executive Secretary of Mozambique's National AIDS Council (CNCS), Francisco Mbofana, warned on Monday that, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health authorities and the public at large must step up the campaigns against HIV/AIDS.