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Let’s close the gap – World AIDS Day 2014

Let’s close the gap – World AIDS Day 2014

  • 20th November 2014
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The World AIDS Day is an opportunity to harness the power of social change in order to prioritize people and close the gap in terms of access. Ending the AIDS epidemic before 2030 is still possible, but only if we are able to close the gap among those who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and those who are left apart. An important factor to eradicate the epidemic is to empower everyone, no matter where they are, so that they can have access to different HIV services. A clear example would be to gain access to HIV testing for everyone. In this way, the 19 million people who do not know their HIV status could begin receiving support and services. On the other hand, achieving universal access to antiretroviral treatment, would translate as a significant improvement for quality of life of more than 35 million people…
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¿Serán tomados en cuenta el vih y sida para la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 y la Cumbre 2015?

¿Serán tomados en cuenta el vih y sida para la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 y la Cumbre 2015?

  • 19th November 2014
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La Asamblea General de Embajadores en las Naciones Unidas, nombró como cofacilitadores de la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 a los embajadores de Kenia e Irlanda, Macharia Kamau y David Donoghue respectivamente. Asimismo, se llevaron a cabo dos consultas informales en las Naciones Unidas los días 4 y 10 de noviembre donde se discutieron las modalidades y cuestiones de fondo de las negociaciones y las cuestiones pendientes relacionadas con la organización de la cumbre de septiembre 2015. Los Estados miembros han coincidido en que el proceso debe ser un proceso inclusivo, abierto, transparente y participativo, similar al del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto de los ODS. Asimismo, la universalidad de la agenda no debe perderse, para así evitar la duplicación de los asuntos que se deciden en otros foros. Se espera que los cofacilitadores presenten una hoja de ruta con un calendario concreto de las reuniones de la próxima semana, lo…
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UNAIDS, Governments and Civil Society Working Together on Combination HIV Prevention

UNAIDS, Governments and Civil Society Working Together on Combination HIV Prevention

  • 17th November 2014
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Last week, in Lima, Peru, was conducted the National Consultation on Combination HIV Prevention. An approach in this topic must include two or more elements of prevention in order to achieve an effective response against the HIV epidemic. In this way, countries should carry out actions and tactics of different kinds enabling the incorporation strategies for the eradication of the virus. The first priority of UNAIDS is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support regarding HIV. That is why this national consultation was so important. There are more than 7,400 new HIV infections every day in the world, and UNAIDS is totally convinced that the only way to stop this pandemic is through prevention. Therefore, this United Nations’ agency defends and supports comprehensive approaches to HIV prevention through combination strategies. Among these combination prevention strategies are condoms along with other elements such as access to accurate…
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Costa Rica – HIV-related stigma could lead to justified dismissal

Costa Rica – HIV-related stigma could lead to justified dismissal

  • 14th November 2014
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A draft bill presented by Costa Rican legislators last August, if approved, could lead to justified dismissal if someone is rejected due to HIV-related causes. This draft bill provides the main legal reforms, which must be implemented, as explained by Ana Helena Chacón, and María Elena López, Vice-President and Minister of health, in order to preserve the integrity and respect the rights of more than 10,000 Costa Ricans with HIV. In this way, if someone is rejected in their work, for any reason related to HIV. The victim can report it and the offender could lose their job automatically and without employer liability. When who discriminated against is the employer, the employee can finish their contract without any consequence, according to draft bill, which aims at adjusting the content of three articles of the labor code. The draft bill also aim at fining those who not only discriminate against people…
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Nicaragua – indigenous women knowing and exercising their rights to stop gender-based violence

Nicaragua – indigenous women knowing and exercising their rights to stop gender-based violence

  • 14th November 2014
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The indigenous community of Amakis is located in the heart of Alto Wangki-Bocay, Central America's largest nature reserve. As in many indigenous communities, Amakis women and girls assume most family responsibilities. Also, they are exposed to gender-based violence. “When the police arrived, I was afraid of my life,” (...) “I didn't know what was going to happen. In that moment, I decided to leave him forever”. Said Mrs. Talavera, one of the first women to stop the cycle of violence in her community. Even when the nearest court was at a distance of more than one day trip, she decided to report her husband to the authorities. For many women like Mrs. Talavera, justice and security were distant concepts to their reality. Cases had to be reported to the police of San Andrés, which is about one hour away by boat. Then, cases were referred to the police of Wiwilí,…
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UNAIDS LAC – stigma is still a big problem to eradicate HIV

UNAIDS LAC – stigma is still a big problem to eradicate HIV

  • 12th November 2014
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The lack of accurate information on HIV can be considered one of the major factors that give rise to stigma and discrimination. Many efforts have been made to enforce the rights of those with HIV. However, regions such as Latin America are still reporting high rates of discrimination associated with HIV. According to the Director for Latin America of the UNAIDS, Dr. César Núñez “Latin America has reported the highest rate in the world in treatment for people with HIV”. However, HIV-related stigma, discrimination and violence make it difficult for the total eradication of this epidemic. According to some specialists, the problem lies in making people attend health centers to be diagnosed and start treatment if necessary. Many are afraid to attend these centers since they may be identified. This situation puts their lives at risk. “There is stigma associated with HIV testing, many people are ashamed to get tested,…
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Panama – meeting to address policy interventions on HIV in Central American

Panama – meeting to address policy interventions on HIV in Central American

  • 10th November 2014
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Experts from the World Health Organization met in Panama a few days ago in order to discuss issues in relation to policies aimed at the prevention of HIV among adolescents. This is a breakthrough if taking into account that the region of Central American lacked of specific policies. “The issue of HIV is very sensitive and in adolescents cannot be approached in the same way as in adults,” said Victor Mejia, WHO consultant. “We have finally put the cards on the table with this issue,” he concluded. On the other hand, Enrique Vega, head of the Unidad Vida Saludable, said that discussions held during the past five years, in his opinion, also represent a breakthrough. “Today, the majority of countries in the region have a part dedicated to health in adolescents; however, five years ago they did not have this”, said Enrique Vega. Part of the meeting among the WHO…
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LACCASO – promoting the construction of the post 2015 UN development agenda

LACCASO – promoting the construction of the post 2015 UN development agenda

  • 10th November 2014
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Organizations that make up the Latin American and the Caribbean Council of Aids Services (LACCASO) have been strengthening specific areas of the post 2015 UN development agenda through local and regional activities. This actions dwell on key factors for the HIV response in order to move forward towards the commitments assumed to work on areas such as HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive rights, stigma and discrimination, and health. Commitments which are to be raised in the new goals beyond 2015. The exploration guide presented by LACCASO, includes work of organizations from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru, as well as joint efforts covering the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. For this reason, it was necessary to mobilize civil society organizations, networks of people with HIV and other vulnerable groups to participate in global, regional and national discussions around the objectives of sustainable development, and the framework…
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Peru – civil society requires immediate license for Atazanavir

Peru – civil society requires immediate license for Atazanavir

  • 6th November 2014
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Access to treatment is a universal right, and it is an indispensable element to the fulfillment of our right to health. The Peruvian State, by constitutional mandate, is obliged to ensure the fulfilment of this right. For this reason, different organizations of civil society in Peru, including AID FOR AIDS Peru, call on the Peruvian Government in relation to the over-expenditure perceived in March of this year. Such expenditure exceeds 21 million soles (equivalent to more than $ 7 million) for the acquisition of Atazanavir 300 mg (300 mg Reyataz ®), which is used as one of the options for the treatment of HIV. This over-expenditure represents more than 50% of the budget allocated for the purchase of ARVs in the MINSA and EsSalud (Social Security). The lack of timely decisions in Peru has made that public health agencies pay up to 20 times over the price paid for the…
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Paraguay – training and including HIV in the university curriculum

Paraguay – training and including HIV in the university curriculum

  • 3rd November 2014
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In the framework of the project financed by the Global Fund, several Civil Society organizations in Paraguay carried out a series of workshops intended for university students of Social Work. We believe this to be a successful strategy, since these professionals are part of the concept of health care providers, and at some point people with HIV will require their services. Social workers play a vital role within the health system, since they directly work with diverse populations that may be at risk to HIV and other STIs. Also, Social Workers currently occupy an important place in political decision-processes, which makes fundamental their knowledge on Human Rights. The main topics of the workshops were the following: Human Rights Sexual and Reproductive Rights Gender, HIV and AIDS, stigma and discrimination, HIV and AIDS Law n° 3940/09 and its application. 113 students attended the workshop, which exceeded the proposed goal of 100 participants. During the process of implementation of the project a number of activities have been arisen, such as lobby and advocacy meetings with the National Program of Control for AIDS and STIs (PRONASIDA in Spanish), who has been working with key populations, but never with future professional. According to interviews with the Dean of UCTD, she expressed her interest of future seminars on these topics, she also highlighted the importance of this project. Now seminars are part of the university curriculum due to the relevance in the training of future professionals. Students evaluated as excellent and innovative the methodology used…
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