Archive for May, 2015

Mariana Iacono: “… It’s vital to mainstream HIV on the agenda of feminism…”

Mariana Iacono: “… It’s vital to mainstream HIV on the agenda of feminism…”

  • 29th May 2015
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Recently was held the 2nd Latin American meeting of women (ELLA 2015) in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The event counted with the participation of a wide variety of women from 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Among the attendees is Mariana Iácono, youth activist for the rights of people with HIV, who is part of the organizing committee. According to Mariana, the aim of this conference is that women gather and create a common agenda where all participants contribute from their own experiences. This is the main idea of this event; the participation and exchange of ideas of women from different societies, cultures, ages, economic situations and many other characteristics. “We hope that attendees are involved in work, projects, share calendars and much more. A positive result is that we have achieved participation of activists with HIV, with a work table and debate from the women themselves and their needs.…
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Argentina must stop bureaucracy in health system to avoid shortages in pharmacies

Argentina must stop bureaucracy in health system to avoid shortages in pharmacies

  • 27th May 2015
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The Argentine health system shows shortages of some antiretrovirals, according to anonymous sources. Therefore, if the authorities want the majority of people with HIV to continue within the system, achieve viral suppression, and a sustainable health in time, they should review the obtaining and authorization processes for medications, including situations of shortage. Unfortunately, these processes are unreasonable bureaucratic. Furthermore, many officials in health centers and pharmacies are in need of training, which is needed to deal responsibly with these topics. The Red Argentina de Jóvenes y Adolescentes Positivos (RAJAP), in a statement issued on April 30, reported shortage of antiretrovirals in the provinces of Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, Misiones, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, San Juan, Buenos Aires and the city of Buenos Aires. In addition, systems of health, both public and private, randomly communicate being out of stock in their pharmacies. Conclusion has been “to replace medication by the same scheme,…
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ELLA 2015: addressing sexuality from the perspective of adherence to life

ELLA 2015: addressing sexuality from the perspective of adherence to life

  • 26th May 2015
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The city of Cochabamba in Bolivia became headquarters of the 2nd Latin American and the Caribbean meeting of women (ELLA 2015), which brought together more than 300 women with different identities and a goal in common: coordinate efforts to break differences. The event was held from 7 to 10 May 2015. As its name implies, the event was attended by women from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, which included women with HIV, activists, feminists, sex workers, lesbian, indigenous women, artisans, transwomen, artists, among many others. One of the main objectives of the event was that women make effort from their various problems aimed at breaking differences and join their voices toward common goals, on topics such as HIV, sexual diversity, decriminalization of abortion, violence, sexual and reproductive rights, human trafficking, sex work, stigma and discrimination, and body autonomy. One of the most debated issues during this meeting was…
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South American Youth Works for HIV Incidence

South American Youth Works for HIV Incidence

  • 14th May 2015
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From 21 to 23 April in Bogota (Colombia) took place the second workshop on advocacy for young leaders of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Jóvenes Positivos, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund. The results of the meeting included the launching of political advocacy and community mobilization plans for member countries, as only Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina count with established networks. For instance, members of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Jóvenes Positivos have decided to take action for the implementation of the law on comprehensive sexual education promulgated in 2006, which has been frozen for a long time. On the other hand, in Paraguay, the situation is a little bit different. Young people are seeking to promote the reform of the law on sexual education since the current does not meet the needs regarding sexual and reproductive health. Ecuador is not being left on…
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Central America refuses to equal rights for LGBT community

Central America refuses to equal rights for LGBT community

  • 14th May 2015
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In El Salvador, it seems that equal rights for the LGBT population is further away than ever. Recently, on 16 April, the Salvadoran Congress approved a constitutional reform that would prevent same-sex marriages and allow only the union between man and woman. On the other hand, in Honduras, despite having years debating the subject, the country has not advanced at all. Same is the case of Nicaragua, where this month the Government adopted a new family code, which while it improves and updates the rights of the population, it does not recognize same-sex marriage, and consequently, it closes the doors for adoption. Other Central American countries such as Guatemala, have also failed to achieve much progress on the issue. Apparently, equality of rights is not a relevant issue for many Central American Governments. They may have to spend several years or decades of movement for the rights of the homosexual…
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Commission on Population and Development closes without resolution

Commission on Population and Development closes without resolution

  • 12th May 2015
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This year, the work of the Commission on Population and Development began a week before focusing on the development of the post-2015 agenda. However, it was not possible to finish the session with a negotiated and agreed resolution by the member countries. The 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development of the United Nations, which is in charge of following up on agreements signed by countries in this field, was carried out during the first two weeks of April and chose as this year's motto “achieving the future we all wish”. The intention was to send key messages to retake the learned lessons from the process of operational evaluation of the 20 years of implementation of the IV Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. The work of the CPD did not begin with negotiations, but with readings of the draft resolution prepared by the Chairperson of the…
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Virtual consultations of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Virtual consultations of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • 2nd May 2015
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It was recently announced the possible launch of the update process of the new strategy of the Global Fund, which, on this occasion, will include virtual discussion forums. The launch of the consultation was defined as “an alliance of the 21st century, which works closely with a wide range of partners, from Governments that run program, donors, civil society, international development organizations, the private sector, to the communities living with the three diseases or are affected by them”. This new update of the strategy seeks to take the maximum technology, and its speed to connect with any part of the world. Now more than ever the support will be in real time, allowing you to develop and implement effective programs based on evidence in order to accelerate the end of the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The online forum is an integral part of this wide consultation process. It…
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Argentina – The Government will prohibit HIV testing in the pre-employment examination

Argentina – The Government will prohibit HIV testing in the pre-employment examination

  • 2nd May 2015
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Thanks to a resolution of the Ministry of Labor that promotes new measures to prevent discrimination in access to work, HIV testing on the pre-employment examination is strictly prohibited. According to spokespersons from the Ministry of Labor, the resolution will be published in the Official Gazette in the coming days. Exact days are still unknown. The resolution was celebrated by several members of civil society, as it is the case of Fundación Huésped, an organization working in the care and HIV prevention. For years now, dozens of organizations and individuals have been claiming the Government this problem as a way to reduce discrimination against people with HIV in the workplace. For instance, Fundación Huésped has carried out administrative presentations for establishing the prohibition of the testing. Even nowadays, many companies of labor medicine included HIV testing among the requirements before hiring someone. Despite not being legal to refuse any applicant…
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