According to the IOM DTM report in April, there are 1.3 million IDPs in the three North East states, indicating almost 300,000 newly displaced people since February.
The numbers of IDPs in the camps in Yola have reduced from almost 22,000 people reported in the IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix report of April 2015 to just over 5,300 people.
Snapshot 1–7 July 2015
Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.
By Mark Dybul
Mozambique decriminalized its homosexuality laws last week. Until then, the country’s old, colonial penal code – in what it termed as “vices against nature” – had made same-sex relations a crime. A new penal code now removes those prejudiced words and legal barriers to same-sex relations.
AIDS strategies and efforts must give greater priority to humanitarian emergencies and the millions of people affected by them, members of the UNAIDS governing body agreed at the thematic segment of the 36th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 2 July.
MDG success springboard for new sustainable development agenda: UN report
New York, 6 July 2015—The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping-off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
3 July 2015 – Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major new United Nations report the calls for scaling up an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the deadly disease.
In El Salvador, insecurity and violence have become structural problems that affect more youth, women and the general population every day. Under this approach to safety and protection of the integrity of the National Society of El Salvador, there is a need to increase the National Society’s capacity to facilitate the actions of the Red Cross and its recognition in the country.
Guatemala continues to be overwhelmed by security issues related to drug trafficking, the rise of organized crime, social inequality, and poverty. These issues and the government’s inability to provide many basic services, including security, are seen as major factors contributing to the migration of Guatemalans. This also has contributed to the exodus of unaccompanied children; this grave humanitarian situation has caused much concern among Central America region and governmental institutions.
Guatemala, 1 jul (AGN).- Guatemala se convirtió hoy en el sexto país de América Latina en adoptar el compromiso de fortalecer la atención de las personas que padecen de VIH-Sida, informaron fuentes oficiales.
Durante un acto oficial, autoridades del Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social (MSPAS) y miembros de ONU-Sida firmaron la declaración de compromiso de metas nacionales de acceso al diagnóstico y atención de pacientes con esta enfermedad hasta 2020.
HIV/AIDS programme managers and community groups join hands to strengthen and expand HIV testing
Joint news release of WHO and UNAIDS
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on 17 June announced that US$374 million will be disbursed to fight these diseases in Mozambique. The Global Fund, the Ministry of Health, the US-based charity World Vision, and one of Mozambique’s main NGOs, the Community Development Foundation (FDC) all signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of this grant.
Lilongwe (Malawi) - In the Traditional Authority Mwanza in Salima district, the community through the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, GEWE, programme has managed to eliminate one of the harmful cultural practices that was believed to have contributed towards the spread of HIV and other STIs and school dropouts amongst young girls. "We used to have a cultural practice where a mask dancer known as Namkwanya would be assigned to sexually cleanse young girls that have just been initiated with an aim of preparing them on handling men during sex when they leave the initiation place.
To support the capacity of countries to integrate human rights in their Fast-Track approaches to HIV programming, UNAIDS and the Alliance Nationale Contre le Sida (ANCS) Senegal held a three-day capacity building workshop in Dakar, Senegal from 22 to 24 June 2015.
The workshop highlighted the continued political, legal, cultural, social, and programmatic challenges that hinder efforts to address the HIV epidemic. Participants pointed out that existing programmes to address these challenges in Western and Central African countries remain largely insufficient and inadequate.
MONROVIA, Liberia – “I am HIV-positive, and I am sure I acquired the virus through sexual contact,” said Stephen McGill, of the group Stop AIDS in Liberia, at the launch of a campaign promoting condom use. The recent Ebola outbreak has dramatically underscored the importance of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted infections. The campaign, launched by UNFPA and partners, aims to reach 1.5 million Liberians with condoms and related information.
Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
June 28, 2015 8:45 PM
An extra year of schooling can cut the risk of HIV infection by a third, a new study shows.
The study, its authors say, is evidence that education is cost-effective HIV prevention, not even counting all the other benefits.
Despite unprecedented global public health efforts, HIV infects more than two million people each year.
Botswana has among the world’s highest HIV infection rates. Nearly a quarter of the population is infected.
By mid-June, 55,000 refugees had crossed the northwest border of Tanzania since the beginning of May 2015 fleeing violence and political turmoil in Burundi, with reports of up to 200 new arrivals crossing each day. Children make up to 60 per cent of the refugee population and have been uprooted from school, subject to violence and separation from their families, and are suffering from increased illness due to the lack of basic health care, water and sanitation facilities. A cholera outbreak struck during the rapid influx, resulting in over 4,000 cases with 31 deaths as of 03 June.
Pretoria - South Africa needs to reduce the rate of HIV transmission amongst its youth, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Speaking at the 7th South African Aids Conference, in Durban, the Deputy President said the results of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey raised a deep concern about the rate of new HIV infections in the country.
A quarter of new HIV infections in the world occur in South Africa, sadly.
The HSRC survey also showed that one in four of these new infections occurs among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.
Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 6/28/2015 - 23:01 GMT
Longer schooling seems to be an effective and affordable way to cut the risk of HIV infection in AIDS-endemic countries, according to the results of a study in Botswana published Monday.
Data collected among 7,018 people in Botswana found that an extra year of secondary schooling lowered the risk of HIV infection over the following decade by eight percentage points -- from about 25 to 17 percent.