GENEVA, 24 March 2017—On World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV. TB is the most common cause of hospital admission and death among people living with HIV. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness—around 400 000 of whom died from TB, including 40 000 children.
When Desire speaks about his role as a peer educator in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the energy and commitment to his work is unmistakable. Desire works in the North Star Alliance Clinic, which provides health services for hard-to-reach populations, mainly sex workers and truck drivers, while also offering services to the surrounding communities.
On International Women’s Day UNAIDS is urging countries to stop 1 million women and girls from becoming infected with HIV every year
Nearly 1 million women are becoming infected with HIV every year and only half of all women living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatment—making AIDS now the leading cause of death worldwide among women between the ages of 30 and 49.
During a visit to Mozambique on 6 and 7 March, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures applauded the country’s efforts to Fast-Track its AIDS response. His visit took place at a critical moment for Mozambique, which is determined to accelerate its response to HIV with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, whose representatives Mr Loures met.
The Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi is one of Thailand’s premier hospitals in AIDS treatment and care. Its waiting rooms welcome many patients. This month, people waiting for appointments will see on hospital screens stories about people living with HIV who overcame stigma thanks to support from their communities. Bamrasnaradura is one of around 1000 hospitals in Thailand that have joined the zero discrimination in health-care settings campaign.