BY ICAP'S MIRIAM RABKIN & WAFAA EL-SADR
Today is World AIDS Day; a day to celebrate the enormous progress made in the three decades since the HIV epidemic emerged. It is also a time for reflection as we pause and pay homage to all of those who have fought and continue to fight for a world without AIDS, and remember those who lost their lives along the way.
A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) found that girls and women in emergency contexts have inadequate access to safe and private facilities and supplies for menstrual hygiene management (MHM), and are provided with insufficient guidance by response teams on the basics of managing menstruation. Moreover, many staff have a limited understanding of what an improved response should entail, and instead, focus predominantly on supplies.
LATEST SURVEY RESULTS FROM ICAP SHOW LESOTHO’S SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS WITH HIV VIRAL LOAD SUPPRESSION AND STABILIZATION OF UGANDA’S PREVIOUSLY EXPANDING EPIDEMIC