Archive for 2014

Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

  • 17th September 2014
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Keeping prices for medicine affordable is fundamental to guarantee the Human Right to health, and Colombia has taken a right step in this direction. In 1993, the Colombian Congress passed a law that seemed innovative. This law promised to provide universal healthcare and to strengthen the private health system. When the right to health in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was enshrined in its article 12, it is demanded to recognize “... The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”. This within the minimum obligations that guarantee full realization of this right, which calls for the prevention and treatment of all diseases, as well as the creation of conditions that assure all citizens assistance and medical services. Two recent decisions by the Ministry of health have restored optimism about the urgent changes the country needs in…
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Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

  • 16th September 2014
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We are pleased to announce that last Sunday, Jonathan Capote, an invaluable member of the AID FOR AIDS family, was presented with an award by the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF) due to his outstanding work. Jonathan has been a Case Manager at AID FOR AIDS for over 4 years and he is an example of perseverance and dedication in his work, always doing his best to help his beneficiaries. Like Jonathan, we work daily to provide a better quality of life to people with HIV, not only in New York, but also in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. This recognition motivates us to continue offering the best services and resources to the thousands of people that we help every day. We want to thank Jonathan for his invaluable and tireless work for those who need it most. Also, we want to thank RIF for…
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Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

  • 15th September 2014
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Should or shouldn’t you reveal your HIV diagnosis to your partner? This is one of the decisions that has aroused controversy in Guatemala during the discussion of the reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000, General Law on HIV. In June 2013, in Guatemala began a new reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000 – General Law on HIV - in order to update it in such a way that it responds to the current national reality. The process included a series of workshops with representatives of civil society, Government and international cooperation agencies. The article referred to the revelation of the diagnosis has caused differing opinions. Article 25 States: “of the information of the diagnosis the couple. When the individual with HIV or AIDS refuses or cannot notify their regular or casual partner of their diagnosis, the treating physician or health personnel must notify their partner, according to the procedures specified…
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Mexico – trans women sex workers face obstacles to obtain condoms

Mexico – trans women sex workers face obstacles to obtain condoms

  • 13th September 2014
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Due to different factors, a large number of trans sex workers in Mexico have no access to condoms, many of which were delivered through the country project funded by the Global Fund. Today, many of them face obstacles when trying to obtain condoms, and sometimes they are forced to attend talks at hours not appropriate for them. Furthermore, the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV which is still strongly rooted in our society is also a huge obstacle, since they fear to be linked to HIV, which brings as a consequence not to attend centers where they can obtain condoms. Mexico establishes, in its constitution, access to health as a right. However, this does not guarantee access to supplies of prevention, so it is necessary to promote behavioral changes among the trans population in order to generate a culture of self-care, but without neglecting the promotion of human rights. “Many…
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Cuba – Stigma and discrimination remain a problem

Cuba – Stigma and discrimination remain a problem

  • 11th September 2014
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According to Grupo de Prevención del Sida (Gpsida), a group of people of the national network of volunteer promoters for the prevention and control enforcement of safe practices to stop the AIDS epidemic, health services are among the areas where still cases of discrimination are being reported. “Every time I go to the dental clinic in my community, I am always the last to be served. Health workers arise an unusual stir” said Mr. Frank Pérez, diagnosed with HIV in 1999. “I guess they should have the same security measures with me than with the rest of the patients”, said Mr. Pérez again. Although respect and inclusion of people with HIV and AIDS are constant in the local activism, a differential treatment for those with HIV still persists, which brings as a consequence intolerance towards a community of more than 16,400 Cubans who have the virus. On the other hand,…
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AID FOR AIDS and Voces Latinas team up to empower communities

AID FOR AIDS and Voces Latinas team up to empower communities

  • 10th September 2014
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Voces Latinas and AID FOR AIDS, both with common missions, teamed up in order to educate the community and lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS in Queens, New York. We are confident that the best way to stop the HIV epidemic and other STIs is through the empowerment of communities at risk. That’s why both organizations work so hard to reach more communities and provide them tools that allow them to live a healthy life. This partnership will strengthen the programs of both organizations, specially our outreach programs, through which we promote HIV testing in clubs and bars, among others. “Our work, through this new partnership, is aimed at getting people tested, who don’t know their status and are putting their health and others at risk…” said Jaime Valencia, Director of Operations of AID FOR AIDS. In the same way, Voces Latinas will now be able to expand their…
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Global Fund’s LAC Delegation activities report

Global Fund’s LAC Delegation activities report

  • 9th September 2014
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The delegation of Latin America and the Caribbean on the Board of the Global Fund (LAC delegation), led by Dr. Mirta Roses, published a report on the latest achievements in the last period representing the Governments of the region of the Board. The most significant achievements of the LAC delegation during this period are: a. Presidency in the implementer block manager b. Appointment of Dr. Roses as a member of the Strategy Investment and Impact Committee c. Participation in the negotiation process for the extension of the deadline for the submission of regional programs d. Participation in the proposal of best indicators of eligibility in charge of the implementers block Manager e. Negotiations for the achievement of a forum for risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean f. Release of license for GENEXPERT for Cuba, which was delayed for more than one year. Similarly, in March of this year,…
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Honduras –“Recovery fee” for services to people with HIV causes abandonment of antiretroviral therapy

Honduras –“Recovery fee” for services to people with HIV causes abandonment of antiretroviral therapy

  • 8th September 2014
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A report issued by Fundación LLAVES showed the huge impact of fee services on patients with HIV. Due to the so-called “recovery fee”, which is charged to patients with HIV for medical tests and medications, has resulted in the abandonment of antiretroviral treatment, since many people with HIV do not have the resources to “voluntarily contribute” with this fee imposed by the national program of HIV in Honduras. The so-called “recovery fee” is charged to patients of different health centers, whose payment, according to the national HIV program, should be voluntary. Before the charge, the Secretary of Health performs a socio-economic study of the user in charge of the social worker, who determines the amount of money that the patient can pay for their medical services, whether drugs or lab tests. Fundación LLAVES, along with the Red Centroamericana de personas que viven con vih (REDCA+), showed that more than 25%…
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Panama –  bureaucracy is the biggest problem affecting Panamanians with HIV

Panama – bureaucracy is the biggest problem affecting Panamanians with HIV

  • 6th September 2014
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More than 70% of Panamanians with HIV using raltegravir (Isentress), the combination of zidovudine and lamivudine (Combivir) and emtricitabine + tenofovir (Truvada) have been affected due to the shortage of these medications in the past fifteen months. During the first days of August, members of Observatorio Ciudadano en Derechos Humanos y VIH in Panama met to discuss the problem that is currently affecting many Panamanian lives. Since the beginning of 2013, respective requests for medications such as raltegravir (Isentress) and zidovudine + lamivudine (Combivir) were made. Purchases were awarded in March of that same year. However, to date, almost year and a half later, drugs do not have been delivered due to the policies of the Ministry of health that stated that is not possible to make new request if there is any pending delivery. According to Dr. Aurelio Núñez, the Ministry of health negotiated a loan from the Social…
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Peru demands answers and health policies improvements

Peru demands answers and health policies improvements

  • 4th September 2014
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Several NGOs and CBOs working in the field of HIV and AIDS sent an extensive communiqué to the Health Department in Peru. These organizations are demanding immediate responses to the absence of actions addressing the HIV epidemic, comprehensive health care, prevention strategies, among other reasons. The letter contains aspects that highlight the efforts of prevention and care that have not been achieved during the current government of Ollanta Humala. Also, it is demanded an immediate solution to the issues in the supply of inputs and medicines before the interruption in the delivery of ARVs and condom shortages nationwide. Similarly, different organizations have expressed great concern about the lack of educational strategies, prevention strategies and peer support, among others. This has a direct impact on children, especially among teenagers, who are the most vulnerable population to HIV infection due to misinformation and the lack of education strategies. “Analyzing the situation of…
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