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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Barbara Kemigisa used to call herself an “HIV/AIDS campaigner”. These days she would rather be known as an “HIV/AIDS family planning campaigner”.

“We need to reduce unplanned pregnancies and the HIV infection rate in our country,” Kemigisa told IPS during Uganda’s first national family planning conference on July 28. “It’s about dual protection.”

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

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Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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Ugandan youth push for increased access to reproductive health services

KAMPALA, Uganda – In 2009, Barbara Kemigisa* learned she was pregnant, and also that she was HIV positive. The dual stigma she faced would be devastating to both her and her baby, she told UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin at a family planning conference in Kampala, Uganda, last week.

“My family rejected me because I was HIV positive,” she said. “I had nowhere to go. I lived on the street, and at times I would go to my friends’ houses. But I could not tell anyone that I was positive because I feared they wouldn’t want to live with me.”

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 July - 5 August

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Community meeting improves the life of woman living with HIV

Tarapkwe Juliet is a member of Pakele Women’s Association (P.A.W.A.) in Ataabo, a parish in Pakele sub-county in Adjumani district. P.A.W.A was formed in 1997 with a membership of 30 women and was registered in both the sub-county and district in 2013. Their main activities are enhancing HIV awareness among community members; promoting moral behavior change especially among women; and environmental protection through raising tree seedlings. P.A.W.A was selected by ACORD under the DGF-funded project to reach out to the community members in Pakele sub-county through civic education.

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Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

08/01/2014 19:55 GMT

by Emmanuel LEROUX-NEGA

KAMPALA, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

The legislation was signed by Uganda's veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, recommending that homosexuals be jailed for life. It also outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.

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UNAIDS welcomes Uganda’s Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law

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GENEVA, 1 August 2014—UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda’s Constitutional Court to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.

“This is a great day for social justice,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The rule of law has prevailed.”

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AIDS 2014: addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years

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With the AIDS epidemic having entered its fourth decade, and given the wider availability of life-saving treatment, there is now a growing number of people who have been living with HIV for 20 years or more. Some have been born with the virus and are surviving into adulthood, while others are members of an ageing HIV population. According to a panel discussion that took place on 22 July at AIDS 2014, much more must be done to include the needs and concerns of both groups in a comprehensive AIDS response.

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Global Fund Mid-2014 Results Factsheet

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The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year. In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent. In addition, 11.9 million people have been treated for tuberculosis in programs supported by the Global Fund.

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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

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GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

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Ugandan Fishing Communities at High Risk of HIV / AIDS: IOM

Uganda - IOM Uganda has launched a report: ‘HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices and Population Size Estimates of Fisher Folk in Six Districts in Uganda.’

In Uganda, some 130,000 people live in fishing communities and estimates suggest that HIV infection rates in these communities are almost 3-4 times higher than the national average for adults.

“Most of the fishermen are not aware of the risks of HIV. It is a dangerous disease and we have lost many people here,” explained Joshua Nununule, a fisherman from Kasensero fish landing site.

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Sida : peut-être la fin de l'épidémie dans une quinzaine d'années (ONU)

07/16/2014 12:39 GMT

Par Agnes Pedrero

GENÈVE, 16 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Les décès liés au sida dans le monde ont chuté de plus de 30% en 10 ans, tout comme le nombre de nouvelles infections par le VIH, laissant espérer que l'épidémie puisse être vaincue d'ici à 2030 grâce notamment à une généralisation du dépistage, a indiqué mercredi l'Onusida.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

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Uganda Emergency Update - 2 - 8 July 2014

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  • 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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Irish Aid Annual Report 2013: Delivering real changes in the lives of some of the poorest people and communities in the world

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Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.

Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:

“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.

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“You and I can prevent HIV/AIDS”: Migrant Awareness Campaign in Uganda

To tackle the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, IOM Uganda has developed a Behaviour Change Campaign (BCC) to raise awareness not only on HIV/AIDS, but also sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

The sites selected to launch this pilot campaign are the fishing villages of Kasensero, Lyantonde and a temporary site being utilized by migrants expelled from Tanzania at Sango Bay.

The slogan of the campaign is “You and I can prevent HIV/AIDS” and all activities have been implemented in close cooperation with district health officials.

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