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More Positive Stories Needed: HIV in Countries with Low ARV Therapy Coverage

By Cecilia Ferreyra, MSF HIV & TB Technical Advisor

More than 24 million people living with HIV; 9 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART); 1.5 million new infections; 1.1 million deaths from AIDS-related causes. These are some of the data just released by UNAIDS on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, by far the area of ​​the world hardest-hit by the virus. But, in this broad area covering nearly the entire continent, we see very different realities.

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HIV/AIDS: A Threat to National Security in South Sudan

On July 9th 2011, South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation. The untapped investment opportunities offered by this new nation are attracting both foreign investors and South Sudanese in the Diaspora. This homecoming of South Sudanese from the Diaspora and the influx of foreign investors and aid workers to South Sudan raise concern of an increasing HIV/AIDS incidence in a nascent state. As a result of the decades of war,

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

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2014 Revised Strategic Response Plan (June 2014)

Humanitarian partners are seeking $982 million for 419 projects in eleven sectors throughout Sudan. A total of 6.9 million people (about 20 per cent of the population) have been identified as requiring assistance.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Uganda Emergency Update - 2 - 8 July 2014

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese arrivals assisted in Uganda since 16 December 2013 is 119,003, including 77,475 in Adjumani, 11,219 in Arua, 25,635 in Kiryandongo and 4,674 in Kampala. An increase in arrivals was noted this last week.

  • UNHCR and the Government of Uganda began assisting spontaneous returns of Congolese, providing transportation for 47 individuals from Rwamwanja settlement to the DRC border. Other Congolese refugees also returned to DRC of their own means.

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Praying for peace as South Sudan turns three

Three years ago today was a time of cautious rejoicing – South Sudan had gained its independence, and the world’s newest nation was born. The event flagged a time of hope and anticipation after four decades of civil war and fighting. Despite the many challenges they faced in building a new nation, the people of South Sudan had a positive attitude.

Three years later, the situation is a stark contrast to this hope and optimism. There is unrest throughout the country, and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced, fleeing from conflict.

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Raising awareness of HIV testing and counselling in South Sudan

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UNAIDS

Private Albert Joseph Lustiko of the South Sudan Army calls himself an ambassador for HIV testing. When he finishes his morning work as a cleaner at the Juba base he sticks around to talk to other soldiers about HIV and to encourage them to take advantage of the HIV testing and counselling (HTC) services at the nearby military hospital.

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HIV infections increasing in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal

19 June 2014 - The rate of contracting HIV infections in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State was “threatening”, State Minister of Health Tong Deng Anei said in the state capital Aweil today.

Mr. Anei said the number of confirmed HIV cases in recent months was higher than the state had witnessed before.

“We have a very high prevalence of HIV. In the last three months, we have (confirmed) 74 HIV cases,” said Mr. Anei. “The numbers we get are always going up and that is telling us something is going wrong within our community.”

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Uganda Emergency Update - 4 - 10 June 2014

Covering the southwest, midwest and northwest

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees assisted since 16 December 2013 is now 110,657 in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo districts of Uganda. Together with those registered in Kampala (3,636), the total number assisted is now 114,293.

  • A PSN verification exercise was concluded in Kiryandongo and one is underway in Arua for refugees in Koboko (Congolese) and Rhino Camp (South Sudanese).

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South Sudan Crisis Response Plan 2014

Six months into the conflict, around 1.5 million people have been uprooted from their homes and over seven million people are at risk of hunger and disease.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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More cases of HIV in Morobo, officials say

5 June 2014 - The rate of HIV infections in Morobo County had significantly increased this year compared to last year, a health official in the Central Equatoria State county said today.

“One in every 15 samples taken on a daily basis is found positive with HIV,” said Morobo Health Care Centre Clinical Officer Simon Evans Moro.

He explained that at least six in every 100 people tested had already contracted the virus, which was far higher than statistics recorded a few years ago when only one out of every 100 people tested was found with the infection.

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Concern Worldwide Annual Report & Accounts 2013

Message from the Chairperson

As Chairperson I have the great privilege of working with extraordinarily dedicated Council members and staff throughout the organisation. The commitment to working with the poorest people in the developing world and fulfilling our mission is very evident throughout the organisation.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 21 – 27 May

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 – 20 May

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Improving care and dignity for South Sudanese women, girls

UNFPA holds strategy meeting in Nairobi

Nairobi, 10 May, 2014 — “The challenges we face in South Sudan are grave and we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to deliver lifesaving services to all the women and girls affected by the crisis.”

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 April – 6 May

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State of the World’s Mothers 2014 - Saving Mothers and Children in Humanitarian Crises

Maternal deaths and child mortality in the most challenging countries of the world can be dramatically cut when efforts are made to improve services for mothers and children.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22 - 29 April

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