Malawi celebrates UN Day with recognition of local champions for SDGs
The United Nations in Malawi on 24th October 2018 presented the stories of ordinary Malawians with extraordinary courage, talent and drive to make a difference in their communities and show the way to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malawi. This was part of United Nations Day celebrations in Lilongwe.
The success of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV and reduce transmission rates is critically dependent on lifelong adherence. Studies have found low retention and adherence in ART care among patients, which can lead to treatment failure and resultant morbidity and mortality. These factors can also increase the risk of HIV transmission and the development of drug-resistant HIV strains.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, responds to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest countries, delivering lifesaving sexual and reproductive health supplies and services to protect the rights, safety and dignity of women and young people affected by crises. In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people in 58 countries with humanitarian assistance, including 10.8 million people reached with sexual and reproductive health services and 3.9 million people reached with gender-based violence (GBV) services. In the last decade, UNFPA’s humanitarian activities have grown exponentially.
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.
Kisangani, 07 November 2018 (caritasdev.cd): After Kisangani, the religious leaders of Yangambi and Banalia, in Tshopo Province, have just been mobilized in the early diagnosis and treatment of children living with HIV / AIDS. It was during capacity building workshops organized from 20 to 29 October 2018 by Caritas Congo Asbl, in collaboration with Caritas Development Kisangani
Kisangani, le 07 novembre 2018 (caritasdev.cd) : Après Kisangani, les leaders religieux de Yangambi et Banalia, en Province de la Tshopo, viennent d’être mobilisés dans le diagnostic et le traitement précoces des enfants vivant avec le VIH/SIDA. C’était au cours des ateliers de renforcement de leurs capacités organisés du 20 au 29 octobre 2018 par la Caritas Congo Asbl, en collaboration avec la Caritas-Développement Kisangani. (Click here to read the English version)
Shakira Ndagire’s life is anything but ordinary. At 24, she is the youngest sex worker we met at Kawempe slum in Kampala, Uganda, where she has been a sex worker for half her life. She says she started selling sex “one way or another” when she was 13.
In those 11 years, she has achieved many things, including being a mother of two. Another triumph has been staying HIV-negative in a country where one in three sex workers is HIV-positive. To manage this impressive feat, HIV prevention has been a constant in her life.
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.
BESOINS HUMANITAIRES ET CHIFFRES CLÉS
• On 29 October, the Government of Bangladesh and UNICEF jointly celebrated the National Sanitation Month (October) and Global Handwashing Day 2018 in Cox’s Bazar. Over 500 school children took part and learned best handwashing practices.
• UNICEF in collaboration with partners conducted trainings focused on improving the capacity of frontline actors in the provision of quality Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) and Gender Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) services to the Rohingya community residing in Cox’s Bazar.
In 2018, more than 620,000 consultations were provided in primary health care centres while more than 27,000 refugees were counselled and tested for HIV
More than 2,900 patients were referred to secondary level health facilities for further diagnostics and treatment
More than 10,700 mothers delivered with the help of a skilled birth attendant
The Pan America Health Organization (PAHO) and The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) brought together stakeholders of the Caribbean's HIV response to develop a set of concrete actions needed to implement the Call To Action that emanated from the 2017 Latin America and Caribbean Forum on HIV and Sustainability.
Kampala, 2 November 2018:- The Ministry of Health convened a two day Joint Review Mission (JRM) conference to review and discuss the performance of the health sector for the Financial Year (FY) 2017/2018 which began from July 2017 to June 2018.
The 23rd JRM was held under the theme "Embracing effective performance management and accountability to move towards Universal Health Coverage” with a focus on promoting Primary Health Care, Health Promotion and disease prevention, and pooling resources for financial risk protection through a mandatory health insurance scheme.
This week, the United States Government is handing over three newly constructed Health Centers to the Amhara Regional Health Bureau. The new health centers were constructed through U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ethiopia Health Infrastructure Program, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
80% report being raped by armed men; patients include 22 under 5 year-olds
Kinshasa/London, 2 November 2018 - International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in the town of Kananga in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), between May 2017 and September 2018. Eighty per cent reported having been raped by armed men.
Abuja, 1 November 2018 - Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole indicated on 30 October 2018 that the country will soon be on track to eliminating the dreaded Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs).
“I must inform you that since the beginning of the National HIV response about 1,066,223 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIVs) including 54,167 children have been placed on treatment with support from donors, development partners and the Government of Nigeria”, Professor Adewole said.