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Simple, Yet Inventive Technology to Deliver HIV Medication to Infants

Simple, Yet Inventive Technology to Deliver HIV Medication to Infants

  • 21st July 2015
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Following in Cuba’s footsteps, health professionals in Ecuador have taken creative strides to end mother-to-child HIV transmission. Students at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, many of them from Ecuador, designed a small pouch to deliver antiretroviral medication to infants. Viewing the small ketchup-sachet-shaped containers, one would never guess that these packets save thousands of lives. Infants born to mothers with HIV must take antiretroviral medicine during their first weeks of life to reduce the risk of transmission. However, as many parents can attest, delivering exact dosages to new-born children is no easy task. As Rosa, a mother in Ecuador described, “We used to get a small bottle with a dropper, but that spilled and it was difficult to measure the dose.” She continued, “But now with the pouch it is easy to put all the liquid in the baby’s mouth without spilling or spoiling it.” The pouches…
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Cuba – Mother-to-child hiv transmission and syphilis are no longer a problem

Cuba – Mother-to-child hiv transmission and syphilis are no longer a problem

  • 14th July 2015
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On June 30, 2015 Cuba went down in history as the first country to eradicate mother-to-child hiv transmission and syphilis. This recognition was awarded by the World Health Organization (WHO). “The elimination of the transmission of a virus is one of the greatest possible achievements in public health”, said Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “This is an important victory in our long struggle against hiv and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards an hiv-free Generation”, he concluded. This achievement of Cuba is an example for all other countries that universal access to treatment is essential to achieve the eradication of hiv, and the 90-90-90 goals, proposed by UNAIDS. In addition to this, we demonstrate that the hiv epidemic is possible. More than 1.4 million women with hiv become pregnant annually in the world. If they do not receive appropriate antiretroviral treatment, they might have a 15% to 45%…
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Partnership with the Private Sector in the hiv Response

Partnership with the Private Sector in the hiv Response

  • 10th July 2015
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The city of Panama hosted the first Ibero-American Meeting of Initiatives with Companies in the HIV response. The activity was organized by Fundación Huésped from Argentina and UNAIDS Latin America. Companies, agencies and organizations attended this first Ibero-American Meeting of Initiatives with Companies in the HIV response. The purpose of the event was to create a space to share strategies, achievements and lessons learned by different initiatives with the private sector in Latin America and Spain. “Most people with hiv are in the economically active age range. However, reports of stigma and discrimination index of people with HIV show that this population is still subject to discrimination and exclusion in the workplace. The participation of the private sector in the response to hiv is an opportunity in the promotion of a social context free of stigma and discrimination”, said Leandro Cahn, Executive Director of Fundación Huésped. On the other hand,…
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Goals to achieve an HIV-free generation

Goals to achieve an HIV-free generation

  • 10th July 2015
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A few days ago, UNAIDS, PAHO and the HTCG convened a group of representatives from governments, civil society and other organizations related to the HIV response in Latin America to meet in Panama to discuss combination prevention in 2020 and 2030. UNAIDS has developed a strategy known as Fast Track and, which seeks to fulfill the 90-90-90 challenges. This strategy also seeks to reduce the rate of new infections to 500 thousand per year. Working hard over the next few years could make a big difference between successful, maintenance, stabilization or failure. In theory, if 90% of people with HIV are in treatment and show viral suppression, and have access to all means to prevent transmission, the possibility of infection among people will be virtually zero. This could be reached by using a package of prevention, which is nothing more than a strategy combining “information, communication, education, HIV diagnosis, condoms,…
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