Results from a major clinical trial released on 17 November provide further evidence that triple antiretroviral medicine combinations are more effective than single-medicine regimens in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Named PROMISE—Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Everywhere—the trial was conducted in India, Malawi, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
MONROVIA/DAKAR, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.
"We cannot get treatment normally now because of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Liberia," said 36-year-old Jeff Thompson, from Monrovia's Jallah Town, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2011. "Our care centres are closed and all the health workers are scared to come to work."
There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS.
Rose Nyala is a 44-year-old mother of two who has been living with HIV for the last 11 years. A teacher at Bomondo Church of God Primary School in Nyamira, Kenya, she has never regretted going public about her status.
Rose, who is on antiretroviral drugs, is in good health. Once every week, Rose holds a counselling session with Standard Seven and Eight pupils (ages 13 – 15) during their lunch break. She has devoted her life to highlighting the challenges facing AIDS orphans.
In Zimbabwe, groups of HIV-positive patients, called Community Antiretroviral Treatment Groups (CAGs) support each other by taking turns traveling to the distant nearest clinic to pick up each other's medicines, reducing monthly trips to once a year. The groups also assist each other in other ways, providing peer support and monitoring one another's progress. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for health providers to adapt to the realities of patients' lives and have community-led approachs to treatment.
WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabwe has launched its revised national guidelines for HIV testing and counseling with special emphasis on couples, children and adolescents as it steps up efforts to halt the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
Speaking at the launch of the new guidelines Thursday, the Health Ministry’s AIDS and Tuberculosis director, Dr. Owen Mugurungi, said HIV and testing and counseling remain the cornerstone in the fight against AIDS.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.
MSF trains healthcare providers in several hospitals in Sanaa alongside targeted community groups and HIV associations
Si el mundo no consigue mejoras en los próximos cinco años, es posible que la epidemia vuelva a resurgir con un índice de nuevas infecciones superior al que se registra en la actualidad
People living with HIV
In 2013, there were 35 million [33.2 million–37.2 million] people living with HIV.
- Since the start of the epidemic, around 78 million [71 million–87 million] people have become infected with HIV and 39 million [35 million–43 million] people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.
New HIV infections
New HIV infections have fallen by 38% since 2001.
Atteindre les cibles de l’initiative Accélérer permettra d’éviter près de 28 millions de nouvelles infections à VIH et de mettre fin à l’épidémie de sida en tant que menace de santé mondiale d’ici à 2030, selon l’ONUSIDA
Si le monde n’accélère pas rapidement la riposte dans les cinq prochaines années, l’épidémie pourrait redémarrer et le nombre de nouvelles infections à VIH atteindre des niveaux encore plus élevés qu’aujourd’hui
TERRITOIRE DE MASISI, République démocratique du Congo, 13 novembre (HCR) – Apprenant que l'un de leurs enseignants avait mis une élève enceinte, un groupe de plus de 50 élèves du secondaire dans une école de l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) rient et crient en chœur. En réalité, l'élève n'est pas enceinte (ces enfants font du théâtre participatif à l'Institut Bustani où ils étudient), mais il s'agit néanmoins d'un scénario très plausible.
World AIDS Day Report 2014
UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030
If the world does not rapidly scale up in the next five years, the epidemic is likely to spring back with a higher rate of new HIV infections than today
￼**Reported Cases**: 14,383 cases of Ebola and 5,165 deaths have been reported in Guinea, ￼Liberia, and Sierra Leone (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone each reported over 10-11 November) (WHO 14/11/2014).
￼**Spread of the disease**: A U.S. official estimated there are 3,000 active cases of Ebola in West Africa, ￼many of them in small clusters throughout the countries (international media 13/11/2014)
Snapshot 12–18 November
Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
Since last week, 184 new cases of Ebola have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 1,928 (1,609 confirmed; 208 probable and 61 suspected cases).
99 new cases were reported in Nzerekore region only, the epicenter of the epidemic.
In order to get closer to the epicenter of the epidemic, UNICEF is reinforcing its presence in Macenta with the opening of a sub-office within the Prefectural Health Direction premises.
As of 12 November 2014, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 4,683. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,160 with 878 survivors. The government estimates that around 22 percent are children and youth (0-17 years).
The Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures paid a recent visit to Sierra Leone, one of the countries most affected by Ebola, to offer UNAIDS’ support to the government of Sierra Leone in responding to the outbreak. Dr Loures saw first-hand the impact the virus was having on the health system and assessed the impact the weakened infrastructure was having on the wider population, including people living with HIV.
By Charlton Doki
JUBA, Nov 14 2014 (IPS) - Dressed in a flowered African print kitenge and a blue head scarf, Sabur Samson, 27, sits pensively at the HIV centre at Maridi Civil Hospital in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.
Today she paid 20 South Sudanese pounds (about six dollars) for a bodaboda (motorbike taxi) ride to the centre and will have to skimp on food in the next days.
She will be hungry and few will help her in the village, although she is blind and a single mother of two children.
MAPUTO/XINAVANE/XIA XIA, MOZAMBIQUE—With more than half of the population illiterate and its people speaking more than 40 local languages, Mozambique faces colossal challenges in disseminating health information to its population. As the country rolls out new national health campaigns, communication experts are becoming savvier about how they reach Mozambicans.