Ireland has pledged €400 000 to UNAIDS for a project to provide HIV services for the most vulnerable populations in the United Republic of Tanzania, with the first tranche, €200 000, already received.
“The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the key countries of focus for our international development assistance. I am looking forward to collaborating closely with UNAIDS to improve the plight of the populations that are in the most dire need of timely HIV services in this country,” said the Irish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, Paul Sherlock.
Key populations—gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, prisoners and other incarcerated people and migrants—and their sexual partners account for 40% of new HIV infections in western and central Africa.
However, key populations still have insufficient access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services. Fragile health systems, stigma and discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence and lack of supportive policies are some of the barriers that key populations face.
On World AIDS Day, South Africa launched a multipronged national wellness campaign to accelerate screening and testing for HIV/tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. The campaign is a direct response to the call by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, during his first State of the Nation address in February 2018 to initiate an additional 2 million people on HIV treatment by the end of 2020.
Un nouveau rapport de l’ONUSIDA révèle que 75 % des personnes vivant avec le VIH connaissent leur sérologie VIH
Le rapport appelle également à redoubler d’efforts pour atteindre les 9,4 millions de personnes vivant avec le VIH qui ignorent qu’elles ont contracté le virus et les quelque 19,4 millions de personnes vivant avec le VIH dont la charge virale n’est pas supprimée
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day. Thirty years of activism and solidarity under the banner of World AIDS Day. Thirty years of campaigning for universal access to life-saving services to treat and prevent HIV. But after 30 years, AIDS is still not over. We have miles to go.
World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn’t access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations.
New UNAIDS report shows that 75% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status
Report also calls for increased efforts to reach the 9.4 million people living with HIV who are not aware that they are living with the virus and the estimated 19.4 million people living with HIV who do not have a suppressed viral load
In order to highlight the need for sustainable and affordable access to quality medicines, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, spoke about the necessity of implementing the African Union Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan. Speaking at the opening ceremony of Africa Industrialization Week 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he called for close cooperation with regional economic communities in order to build production cooperation hubs and lead pharmaceutical regulatory harmonization in Africa.
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.
Ahead of its 43rd meeting in December, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) conducted a four-day visit to South Africa between 15 and 18 October. During the visit, the delegates met with a wide range of national and development partners working on the AIDS response and conducted a number of site visits in order to experience the support of the Joint Programme to the national AIDS response in a high-burden country.
Surrounded by the stately centuries-old buildings of Quito’s Old City, a group of men are playing a modified game of Jenga. Each wooden brick they carefully extract from a tower corresponds to a sexual health lesson. There’s rapt attention while the peer educator demonstrates how a female condom is used. One table over, young people are gathered around for a male condom demonstration. People might stop by the tents for blood pressure or blood sugar tests, but they stay for the lively safer sex education.
Countries reaffirmed the fundamental right of every human being to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and committed to strengthen primary health-care services at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care.
The First Lady of Botswana, Neo Masisi, visited UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 October to discuss improving health outcomes for young people, especially adolescent girls.
The First Lady met the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, and UNAIDS staff members.
“We can work jointly to address issues affecting 8- to 18-year-olds to ensure that the future generation that will lead and build Botswana is healthy, HIV-free and with life skills,” said Ms Masisi.”
UNAIDS' support to Central African Republic lauded by the President
GENEVA, 23 October 2018—The President of the Central African Republic visited UNAIDS to discuss ongoing efforts to rebuild his country, advance national reconciliation and deliver basic services for the populations after decades of political instability and conflict.
19 OCTOBER 2018
On 28 September, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, was struck by a powerful earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. Thousands of people are known to have died and tens of thousands of people have been displaced. In the event of a major humanitarian disaster, the basic needs of people are always difficult to fulfil—this is especially true for people living with HIV in Central Sulawesi.
BERLIN, 16 October 2018 - Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations today signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next phase.
The Parliamentary Network to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reaffirmed its commitment to increase funding to end the three diseases at its annual meeting in Lomé, Togo, held on 4 and 5 October. The network committed to urge the heads of state and government of the Francophonie to advocate for increased funding during the sixth replenishment conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will be held in Lyon, France, in October 2019.
28 SEPTEMBER 2018
First announced during the 2003 State of the Union Address by the then President, George W. Bush, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018. Over the past 15 years, PEPFAR has dramatically changed the landscape of the global response to HIV, and bipartisan support across successive administrations since its launch has continued to ensure that PEPFAR expands it work towards controlling the AIDS epidemic.
The health of women, children and adolescents is the cornerstone of public health. Healthy women and children create healthy societies and if adolescents are helped to realize their rights to health, well-being and education they become equipped to attain their full potential as adults. However, each year approximately 5.9 million children die before the age of five years and 289 000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth.
Action-based partnership to support women and girls announced by health and political leaders at a high-level event at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
GENEVA, 24 September 2018—UNAIDS, the Chair of the H6 partnership (six United Nations bodies working on health-related issues), and the African Union have pledged to enhance their collaboration to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, prevent HIV and protect women’s health and rights in humanitarian settings.