Kenya: Virus Testing Machine Underutilised Due to Lack of Reagents
[Nation] A viral-load testing machine remains underutilised at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Kisumu due to lack of reagents and underfunding. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lesotho: A Young Woman of Strength
[E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] 'Mantsoboi Motlokoa was puzzled to Test HIV positive at the age of 16 because she had not indulged in sex before. While she was still coming to terms with her status, something prompted her to review her late mother's bukana (health record book). She realized that the same information that appeared in her own bukana also appeared in her mother's book. This was information related to antiretroviral treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: EU Allocates Over D12 Millionin Aid to Windstorm Victims
[The Point] Banjul, 22 July 2021 - In response to the windstorm which hit The Gambia earlier this month, the European Union is providing ?200,000 (12,053,000 Gambian Dalasis) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected people. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lesotho: Dreams Empowers Girls
[E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] My Name Is Malehlohonolo Phakisi. I Am a 22-Year-old woman living with HIV in Maseru, Lesotho. When my HIV status was disclosed to my classmates, I was stigmatized and discriminated against. This made me lonely. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.7 Million Children Living With HIV Missed Treatment in 2020, Says UNAIDS
[This Day] The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said almost half of the world's 1.7 million children living with HIV (46%) did not get treatment in 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.7 Million Children Living With HIV Missed Treatment in 2020 - UNAIDS
[This Day] The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that almost half of the world's 1.7 million children living with HIV (46%) did not get treatment in 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 'People Forced to Produce HIV Status Proof At Police Road Blocks'
[New Zimbabwe] ZNNP+ said continuous access to HIV prevention and treatment services must always be assured especially during this lockdown period as this draw back the gains in fighting the spread of HIV virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Hope at Last As Distribution of HIV Drugs Begins
[Nation] Kenyans who have desperately been waiting for lifesaving antiretroviral drugs can breathe a sigh of relief as distribution began on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lesotho: Strong and Courageous Because of Adolescent-Friendly Services
[E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] Paballo 'Mota, 20, is a student living in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. Two years ago, Paballo's health began to deteriorate. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: Health Minister Calls for Collective Efforts to Meet HIV Goal
[AIM] The Minister of Health, Armindo Tiago, on 8 July stressed the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts and commitment to ensure attainment of the goals enshrined in the HIV/AIDS 5th National Strategic Plan (PEN V), for the 2021/25 period, through improved approaches and implementation. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cameroon: Aids-Free Holidays - Campaign Preparations Ongoing
[Cameroon Tribune] Through a press release, peer educators have been called to apply for the HIV crusade spearheaded by the First Lady of Cameroon. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 13, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Phd Graduand's Research Highlights Need for New Approach to Combatting HIV-Related Stigma
[UCT] According to research by University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduand Vuyelwa Mehlomakulu, there is a need for the development of new, innovative and effective interventions to reduce external HIV ‑related stigma in communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Djibouti: U.S. Army Civil Affairs Empowers Women in Djibouti
[Africom] Senior Airman Taylor Davis Djibouti -- The team has made Women, Peace and Security (WPS) a part of their mission to empower the women at Solidarte Feminine, a local organization in Djibouti that provides resources to women in need in Djibouti as well as those directly or indirectly affected by HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Consortium Introduces Online Lessons to Address Shortage of Psychosocial Support Providers
[Nyasa Times] In an effort to bridge a gap in mental health and psychosocial services in Malawi, a consortium of Ticia Counseling Centre, DMI-St John the Baptist University and the Ministry of Health have introduced online classes in Counselling and Psychotherapy and HIV Testing and Testing Counselling. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Funding Cuts Threaten HIV/Aids Treatment Efforts
[Nation] HIV positive people fear losing access to free treatment services as Kenya coasts towards a crisis while donor funding declines amid insufficient domestic funds, reveals a NationNewsplex review of HIV financing. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: NIMR Screens 143,000 Pregnant Women for HIV, Enrolls 7,076 On ARV Treatment
[Vanguard] No less than 143,000 pregnant women have been screened for HIV at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, NIMR, Lagos, even as 7,076 out of those screened are enrolled on Antiretroviral drug treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Anti-Gay 'Therapy' Offered At Uganda Health Centres Run By Aid-Funded Groups
[IPS] Kampala -- At Mulago, Uganda's biggest public hospital, a receptionist at an HIV clinic for marginalised and 'most at risk' populations, including LGBT people, said that an undercover reporter's 17-year-old gay brother could "quit" his same-sex attraction. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Mediheal Ordered to Pay Woman Sh2 Million for Disclosing Her HIV Status
[Nation] The High Court has ordered a privately owned hospital to pay a former employee Sh2 million as damages for testing her HIV status without her consent and disclosing the results to third parties. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO and Global Fund Sign Cooperation Agreement to Scale Up HIV, TB and Malaria Interventions and Strengthen Health Systems
[WHO] The World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed a cooperation and financing agreement to implement 10 strategic initiatives to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics and strengthen systems for health. This new agreement, which will cover the 2021-2023 implementation period, aims to address some of the persistent challenges that impede progress against the three diseases and protect hard-won gains from new pandemics like COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Sh1.2 Billion ARVs Finally Released From Port After Kenya-U.S. End Stalemate
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Kenya and the United States governments on Wednesday said they had resolved the stalemate on the lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs, paving way for the release of the Sh1.2 billion HIV commodities stuck at the port of Mombasa since January. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Announces Update of 'Consolidated Guidelines On HIV, Hepatitis and STI Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations'
[WHO] WHO has made available the membership of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) for the update of the WHO " Consolidated Guidelines on HIV, Hepatitis and STI prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations." These guidelines will be updated with relevant WHO guidance released since 2016 and also include new recommendations. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: National Aids Commission Optimistic About Ending HIV and AIDS By 2030
[Nyasa Times] The National Aids Commission (NAC) has expressed optimism that Malawi will achieve the ambitious new 95-95-95 targets of ending HIV and Aids epidemic by 2030 as spelt out by the United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: HIV/Aids Prevalence On the Rise Despite Lockdown
[Monitor] By Fred Wambede (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Gavi and the Global Fund Sign Groundbreaking Agreement With International Federation of Accountants to Support in-Country Financial Management
[Global Fund] Geneva -- Global health leaders Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have joined forces with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) to contribute to, and support, the implementation of robust accounting practices in the public health sector and to improve overall financial management of donor funds by implementing countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: NACA Launches N50 Billion Private Sector-Led Hiv Trust Fund
[This Day] Abuja -- The federal government lead agency in the eradication the scourge of Hiv/AIDS, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), yesterday embarked on a campaign to raise N50 billion private sector-led Trust Fund. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Releases New Global Lists of High-Burden Countries for TB, HIV-Associated TB and Drug-Resistant TB
[WHO] The World Health Organization (WHO) today released updated global lists of high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), HIV-associated TB and multidrug/rifampicin-resistant TB (MDR/RR-TB). The new lists are for 2021-2025 and replace those previously used between 2016 and 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Contributed 'Paltry' 18 Percent of $6.2bn Spent On HIV/Aids in 13 Years - NACA DG
[Premium Times] "Only 18 per cent was contributed by the federal and state governments and one per cent came from the private sector." (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zambia: Kenneth Kaunda - the Flawed Giant Who Squared Up to Colonialism and Aids
[Daily Maverick] Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's founding president and anti-colonial hero, who governed one of the world's biggest copper producers between 1964 and 1991, has died of pneumonia at a military hospital in the capital Lusaka. He was 97. Kaunda was the last survivor of his peers in the group of 20th-century African anti-colonial figures such as Nelson Mandela. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 18, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Office Urges Media to Enhance Role in HIV/Aids Prevention,
[Ethiopian Herald] BISHOFTU- To prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDs, Media should enhance its role in this end, said Addis Ababa City Administration HIV/AIDs Prevention and Control Office. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tunisia: Covid - 19 - Japanese Donation to Beef Up Vaccine Cold-Storage Equipment
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Tunisia took delivery of a Japanese donation consisting of top-notch COVID-19 vaccine cold-storage equipment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Ending Covid Means Ending Aids, and Ending Both Means Ending Inequality
[Daily Maverick] When it comes to communicable diseases, the lesson we should take from Covid-19 is that one person is all it takes to start a devastating pandemic. Is that fact enough of a wake-up for governments to seriously tackle the social and economic determinants of health and disease? (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: High Level of New HIV Infections
[AIM] Health Minister Armindo Tiago on 31 May revealed that the country ranks fourth on the list of countries with high rates of HIV infections, with a national average rate of new infections estimated at 364 cases a day. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Health Ministry Committed to Reducing HIV/Aids Impact
[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan minister of Health S ílvia Lutucuta Thursday reiterated Government's commitment to reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the Angolan social fabric. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: HIV lessons for Covid-19
[New Frame] South Africa's third Covid-19 wave arrived in sync with winter. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced at the end of autumn that the country would be moving up to an adjusted level two of lockdown. He urged all South Africans to take responsibility for delaying the peak of the coming wave. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lesotho: Optimized Treatment for Children in Lesotho
[E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] Optimized Arv Saves the Life of a 2-Year Old Girl (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target - Where to Focus Action Now
[The Conversation Africa] World leaders have recently, under the auspices of the United Nations, renewed their commitment to ending AIDS. The new phase offers much needed hope for the future, provided the commitments made are fulfilled. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Buhari Rallies Global Action to Eliminate HIV/Aids in Africa By 2030
[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for a renewed global action to decisively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African region and eliminate the disease by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: National 2020 HIV/Aids Targets Achieved
[The Herald] Senior Reporter (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: We Must Eliminate HIV/Aids By 2030 - Buhari
[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called for a renewed global action to decisively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African region and eliminate the disease by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Part One - HIV Lessons for Covid-19
[New Frame] The first in this three-part series looks at how South Africans overcame the pharmaceutical patents blocking access to life-saving antiretrovirals during the country's first epidemic, HIV and Aids. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: President Weah Reaffirms Liberia's Commitment to 'End Aids 2030' Campaign
[Govt of Liberia] The President of Liberia, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah as assured the United Nations General Assembly that Liberia remains committed to global efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030 consistent with "Common Africa Position on HIV/AIDS," which was developed in consultation with all member states of the African Union. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Upholds Human Rights of People With HIV
[SAnews.gov.za] Deputy President David Mabuza has reaffirmed that South Africa remains committed to protecting the human rights of people with HIV and other key and vulnerable populations. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: Tsogwane Attends High Level HIV/Aids Meet
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- Vice President Slumber Tsogwane is leading the Botswana delegation to a high-level UN general assembly HIV and AIDS meeting which commenced yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: HIV 40 Years On - Four Action Points to End Aids As a Health Threat
[The Conversation Africa] On 5 June 1981 a short report of five cases of pneumocystis pneumonia in young homosexual men in Los Angeles marked the discovery of AIDS, the first pandemic of the 20th century caused by a completely new virus, HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Global Strategy to End Cryptococcal Meningitis in People Living With HIV
[spotlight] Cryptococcal meningitis is the second biggest killer of people living with HIV after tuberculosis (TB). For decades it has flown under the radar - despite its high mortality rate - but it is finally getting the attention it deserves with the launch of a new global initiative to end deaths due to this fungal brain infection by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: With More Investment in HIV Prevention, PrEP Can Help Suppress Infection - Experts
[Vanguard] In the views of the medical expert, even though the COVID-19 pandemic has strained health systems and exposed gaps in public health almost everywhere, newer HIV prevention options exist that utilise antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV infection before exposure to HIV. Unfortunately, HIV management in Nigeria is marred by low awareness on treatment and prevention services. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: 'Not Ashamed to Be HIV Positive' - Overcoming Multiple Forms of Discrimination in Mozambique
[Spotlight Initiative] Married at 12 years old, Gilda*, now 34, had all the odds stacked against her. A rural woman, she survived physical and sexual violence at the hands of two husbands and had seven children. After she contracted HIV from her second husband, he expelled her from their home, leaving her destitute and sick. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Still Impacting Medical and Traditional Circumcision in the Eastern Cape
[spotlight] Every year botched traditional circumcisions in the Eastern Cape make headlines as some young men are badly injured, and in some cases die. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: The Global Aids Strategy 2021-2026 Must Still Dream Ambitiously Against All Odds
[Daily Maverick] It is not enough for the new Global Aids Strategy to merely promote a technical - and somewhat bland - goal of ending Aids as a public health threat by 2030. What does that mean? What does that entail? We should be dreaming in colour about what a life in dignity, justice and rights really means. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: HIV Self-Testing - Will Uptake in SA Finally Take Off?
[spotlight] Around one in ten of the over seven million people living with HIV in South Africa are not aware that they have the virus in their bodies. One way to ensure more people are diagnosed quicker is to make HIV self-tests more widely available - particularly to people who may not otherwise opt to have an HIV test. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news