Earlier this year, Cuba became the first country to receive validation from the World Health Organization that it had achieved the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Reaching this milestone is a testament to the investment that Cuba has made in its health-care system and its people.
During a visit to Cuba from 11 to 13 November, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé congratulated dignitaries on their commitment and the progress made in the national AIDS response.
Harare: Describing the hosting of the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Zimbabwe as historic, the UN in Zimbabwe has commended the Government for outstanding leadership in responding to the HIV crisis and saving thousands of lives through effective and efficient delivery of health services to the needy. The conference is taking place in Harare from 29 November-4 December, 2015.
Hailing Zimbabwe as a great success story, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said:
Following the declaration by WHO on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015, UNICEF continues to support the Government of Sierra Leone in ensuring that vigilance is maintained, through social mobilization efforts, systems strengthening in the areas of health, education and WASH, and support to Community Care Centers and Observational Interim Care Centers, amongst others.
In the past two weeks, no Ebola case was reported in Guinea.
Thus, the total number of confirmed cases remains at 3,351 out of which 749 children.
Guinea will be declared Ebola Free if no case is reported on 29 December 2015. As of 25 November 2015, the countdown is at day 9 over 42.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on 26 November in Malabo. During the meeting, Mr Sidibé stressed the need for Equatorial Guinea to decentralize HIV testing and access to treatment to the district level.
With HIV prevalence estimated at 6.2% in 2014, Equatorial Guinea has taken steps to scale up its response to HIV. The country is fully funding its HIV response and access to treatment is free of charge.
A new MSF study shows that 50% of AIDS inpatients in Homa Bay hospital, Kenya, are failing their treatment. At a time when even more people are supposed to start ART, the study finds that patients need greater support during their life-long treatment. This includes appropriate counseling, early detection of treatment failures and improved hospital care.
Harare / Paris – A study by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stresses the need for continuous support to HIV-positive people under antiretroviral therapy (ART), including at hospital level.
New recommendations show how to treat all people living with HIV and decrease new infections
Harare, 27 November 2015 –The world is poised to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – provided it can accelerate the pace of progress achieved globally over the past 15 years, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report.
Already, much has been achieved. This year, the Millennium Development Goal that called for halting and reversing the spread of HIV on a global basis was met.
Nuevos datos indican también que mayoría de los bebés no son sometidos a pruebas de detección
JOHANNESBURGO/NUEVA YORK, 27 de noviembre de 2015 – El número de muertes de adolescentes debido al SIDA se ha triplicado en los últimos 15 años, según nuevos datos publicados hoy por UNICEF.
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.
AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally. Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls are vastly more affected, accounting for 7 in 10 new infections among 15-19 year olds.
L’engagement de l’UNICEF en faveur de l’équité - donner une chance équitable à chaque enfant, partout, et notamment aux plus défavorisés – repose sur la conviction qu’il s’agit d’un principe juste et sur la preuve que cela fonctionne en pratique. Ce rapport démontre qu’il est nécessaire de combler les inégalités persistantes en matière d’équité, parce que le cycle des inégalités n’est ni inévitable ni insurmontable et parce que le coût de l’inaction est trop élevé.
Le programme pour l’équité
On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte
Responding to Humanitarian Needs and Strengthening Resilience to Food Insecurity
• An estimated 16 percent of the rural population (1.5 million people) is expected to be food insecure during the peak of the lean season (January to March 2016).
• Through a joint programme with the government, WFP plans to provide food assistance to up to 856,000 people in 36 districts during this period through cash based and in-kind food transfers.
Set 18 as Minimum Age; Adopt National Action Plan
November 24, 2015 6:39 PM
ST. LOUIS— A new, long-term study in South Africa that looked at the results of an effective treatment for HIV-AIDS found that it increased life expectancy but was a bigger benefit to women than to men.
One of the major barriers identified in access to HIV testing and treatment, care and support services is stigma and discrimination. Through the Joint Program on HIV and AIDS this report will be used as a baseline to track and measure performance towards ensuring Kenya is free of HIV stigma. It will also facilitate efforts to reduce the number of new infections, and encourage access to HIV education and treatment, care and support services.
Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020
An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind
MSF reaction to latest UNAIDS report on global progress of scaling up life-saving HIV treatment: 37 million people with HIV are eligible for treatment but still less than half (15.8 million) have access