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11 Dec 2018 description

Foreword

In 2018, the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) drastically worsened, spreading to previously unaffected areas and impacting the Great Lakes region. The ongoing conflicts across much of eastern and central DRC continue to cause significant displacement, damage to property and tragic loss of human life.

01 Dec 2018 description

Overview

The American people’s compassion and generosity have saved more than 16 million lives and brought us closer than ever to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic – community by community, country by country.

29 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Eastern and Southern Africa is home to more than 60 per cent of children and adolescents living with HIV. This is the region where most progress in the HIV response has been made. Coverage of maternal antiretroviral treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV reached 93 per cent in this region in 2017. Sustaining these gains and continuing to reach children, adolescents and women at risk and living with HIV is critical. In 2017, an estimated 120,000 adolescents aged 10–19 years and 94,000 children aged 0–9 years were newly infected with HIV.

26 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9.6 million people were severely food-insecure in Southern Africa at the start of the lean season (October 2018- April 2019)

  • Three districts in Zimbabwe and two in Madagascar are facing Emergency food insecurity (IPC phase 4) due to extreme loss of livelihoods

  • There is at least an 80 per cent chance of an El Niño phenomenon between October and December 2018, which could exacerbate the deteriorating situation.

KEY MESSAGES

12 Nov 2018 description
report UNAIDS

The Paris Declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in cities has gained political momentum among city leaders to commit to ending AIDS and to address disparities in access to health and social services. To date, about 300 cities and municipalities around the world have signed the declaration.

30 Oct 2018 description

key highlights on the progress of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention

Nearly 18.6 million cumulative male circumcisions for HIV prevention were performed between 2008 and 2017 in the 14 priority countries of East and Southern Africa (Fig. 1).

WHO and UNAIDS based their 2007 recommendation for male circumcision as an additional HIV prevention intervention on consistent and compelling evidence from African studies. But in 2007 the actual acceptability of circumcision and feasibility of scaling up were unknown.

10 Sep 2018 description

Tikambisane – Support Group Intervention for Girls Living with HIV in Zambia

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Zambart, 3C Regional Consultants and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted a pilot study between September 2017 and March 2018 to assess the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a six-session support group intervention designed to facilitate healthy transitions to adulthood among adolescent girls aged 15-19 living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia.

15 Aug 2018 description

Les jeunes de 10 à 24 ans représentent plus de 30% de la population des pays de la SADC (Communauté de développement d'Afrique australe) et sont parmi les plus touchés par le VIH. Malgré cela, leur accès à des soins efficaces en termes de santé sexuelle et reproductive est inégal.

Selon un symposium qui a eu lieu lors de la dernière Conférence internationale sur le Sida à Amsterdam, les réformes juridiques et politiques pour assurer l’accès à la santé sexuelle et reproductive sont essentielles pour atteindre l'égalité sanitaire.

31 Jul 2018 description

Young people aged 10-24 make up over 30 percent of the population in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and are among the most affected by HIV, yet continue to have unequal and inadequate access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

23 Jul 2018 description

UNICEF and UNAIDS launch report on ending adolescent AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa

Report details huge strides made in adolescent programming in Eastern and Southern Africa

23 July 2018—Today the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched a report titled All In, in Eastern and Southern Africa: Catalysing the HIV response for adolescents.

19 Jul 2018 description

The H6 Partnership builds on the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributes to the collaboration required to support countries as they move forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It focuses on 75 high burden countries where more than 85 per cent of all maternal and child deaths occur, including the 49 lowest income countries.

18 May 2018 description
report UNAIDS

A new US$ 30 million partnership to help end cervical cancer led by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute and UNAIDS will accelerate life-saving efforts in eight African countries.

11 May 2018 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, completed a five-day visit to three countries in southern Africa. The mission included high-level political discussions, the launch of the Lesotho HIV Health and Situation Room and frank and an open dialogue with women activists about how to address sexual harassment and abuse.

Beginning in Lesotho, Mr Sidibé attended the launch of the HIV Health and Situation Room with the Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki. Special guest Naomi Campbell was invited by UNAIDS to join the two-day country visit to learn more about the HIV response.

08 May 2018 description

Highlights
- Most of Southern Africa experienced erratic rainfall, delayed start of rainy season and extended midseason dry-spell from December to February which have wilted early planted crops in the region.
- In March 2018, significant rainfall was received in central and eastern parts of South Africa.

27 Apr 2018 description
report UNAIDS

OVERVIEW

Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free is a collaborative framework to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic among children, adolescents and young women by 2020. It builds on the successes achieved under the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan) and brings additional focus to the HIV prevention and treatment needs of children and adolescents.

05 Apr 2018 description
report UNAIDS

New data show that the test and treat approach is having a significant impact on the number of people accessing HIV treatment. After Uganda adopted such an approach in 2017, according to government data the number of men newly initiated on treatment rose from 60 000 in 2016 to 80 000 in 2017, while the number of women newly initiated on treatment increased from 107 000 to 138 000 in the same time period.