Archive for January, 2015

Mariano Massone: “… and we are left in a sort of shameless transition in which our life becomes”

Mariano Massone: “… and we are left in a sort of shameless transition in which our life becomes”

  • 24th January 2015
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This note aims to highlight the excellent note written by Mariano Massone in www.corresponsalesclave.org, in which he makes a reflection on the problems that people with HIV go through when they make public their HIV diagnosis, either for purposes of work as activists, public figures, artists, writers, painters, and athletes, among others. In his note, Mr. Massone mentions that this is a problem faced by young people who have HIV. However, we would like to say that this problem has no age. It is a situation that is widespread among people with HIV everywhere in the world. The following is a summary of the note: Almost three decades of the first cases of HIV in the world, many people with HIV are still object of labels and stigmas. Cases of discrimination related to people with HIV are many and varied. We could take just one example such the Argentinean film…
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Communiqué of the 35th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

Communiqué of the 35th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

  • 22nd January 2015
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The 35th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board took place 9-11 December 2014 in Geneva. However, intense negotiations with Member States started the weekend before the meeting and continued until early in the evening on December 11th. A highlight of the meeting for civil society was the Executive Director’s pledge to lead by example to meet the three-fold increase in funding that is needed for civil society to effectively conduct HIV advocacy and service work Among the most controversial topics was the access to treatment. This topic brought profound disagreements into open discussion about the role that UNAIDS ought to play in helping countries overcome these barriers and the proper balance between trade and public health, and between profit and the right to development. Many other topics such as care and pediatric support regarding stigma and discrimination related to HIV were also widely debated. To learn more about the meeting, click on the link below. The report is available in English, Spanish…
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Post-2015 Negotiations

Post-2015 Negotiations

  • 21st January 2015
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On December 17th 2014, H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland and H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, co-Facilitators for the Post-2015 Development negotiations carried out a series of informal negotiations to discuss the modalities for this year’s intergovernmental process. Member States agreed on a modalities decision, which determines the following timeline for negotiations: 19 - 21 January 2015 – Stocktaking 17 - 20 February 2015 – Declaration 23 - 27 March 2015 – Sustainable Development Goals and targets 20 - 24 April 2015 – Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development 18 - 22 May 2015 – Follow up and review 22 - 25 June 2015 – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document 20 - 24 July 2015 and 27-31 July 2015 – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document According to the post-2015 Summit modalities resolution, it has been decided that the dates of…
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Panama – People with HIV Stigma Index Report

Panama – People with HIV Stigma Index Report

  • 16th January 2015
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Thanks to the financial support of the Red Centroamericana de Personas con VIH (REDCA+), the Observatorio Ciudadano en Derechos Humanos y vih in Panama drafted a report on the People with HIV Stigma Index Report in Panama. According to the team that coordinated the information gathering, the data were not what they expected. The results showed very low percentages of people who reported having suffered some type of violation to their rights. However, it is known of cases of discrimination towards people with HIV, many of which go unpunished. Therefore, even when the levels of stigma and discrimination in the index are low, it is still valuable to make public and political impact to all parties involved in the processes of decision-making in the country. Similarly, the representative of Observatorio Ciudadano en Derechos Humanos y vih in Panama, Dayra García, calls on all key actors in Panama and the region…
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Efforts and achievements in the sphere of health during 2014

Efforts and achievements in the sphere of health during 2014

  • 14th January 2015
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In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) along with its member States carried out various tasks, activities and efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of millions of people throughout the world. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 30% of the population has no access to health care due to economic reasons. In September of 2014, health authorities in the region agreed to reverse this situation in order to make health coverage universal. For instance, Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus imported from Africa, which affected more than one million people in Latin America, showed its first case in the region in December 2013 on a Caribbean island. WHO has provided assistance to countries so that they can monitor the evolution of this infection, in order to identify and handle cases, and therefore prepare and organize health services. In August 2014, WHO declared the outbreak of ebola in West Africa, which…
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Bolivia – There is no confidentiality for people with HIV

Bolivia – There is no confidentiality for people with HIV

  • 13th January 2015
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Recently the Minister of Health of Bolivia, Dr. Juan Carlos Calvimontes, made public during a press conference the HIV status of a Bolivian citizen. The man in question is a Constitutional Court Judge, who undergoes a lawsuit brought by the Bolivian government. Mónica Oblitas, a Bolivian journalist published an article, which reads as follow: “(...) the Minister made this statement allegedly to decouple any liability of the government, in the event that this man’s health deteriorates, but eager to discredit this individual, which is really alarming coming from someone who has studied medicine, and is responsible for the health of our country”. The Minister of Health violated the article 9 of the HIV and AIDS Law. Furthermore, the Minister has also violated 045 Law against racism and all forms of discrimination. The law for the prevention of HIV and AIDS and the protection of the rights of people with HIV in Bolivia establishes the right to privacy, and the right to reserve of identity and situation. Similarly, this law establishes that “people with HIV should not be subjected…
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