Archive for September, 2015

Latin American Civil society calls on the new strategy of the Global Fund

Latin American Civil society calls on the new strategy of the Global Fund

  • 25th September 2015
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Networks, groups and non-governmental organizations of Latin America that work in the field of HIV, has signed a Declaration on the occasion of the consultations carried out by the Global Fund on its new strategy. The main actors of Latin American civil society make a call to all those related to the Global Fund; those on the Governing Board, its secretariat, and technical partners, to pay urgent attention to the following topics: To finance the fight against the disease. The majority of people with HIV live in middle-income countries, however, we see with concern how the Global Fund and its donors are removing their investment from countries classified in this category by the World Bank. Protect profits. The abrupt, unpredictable removal of the Global Fund, as an investor, in the response of our countries, will only put at risk the gains achieved in terms of better health systems, community systems…
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Forum on the Continuum of HIV Care

Forum on the Continuum of HIV Care

  • 25th September 2015
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Last month, in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the second Latin American and Caribbean Forum took place. This second Forum served as a meeting place to discuss issues related to the combination prevention of HIV and the reduction of stigma and discrimination. The Forum was sponsored by the Government of Brazil, the Group of Horizontal technical cooperation (HTCG); the PANCAP (Pan Caribbean Partnership on HIV/AIDS); AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), IAPC (International Association of Providers of AIDS Care), PEPFAR/USAID/CDC, networks of organized civil society, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, PAHO, UNAIDS, UNDP and UNICEF. Also, the region pledged to reduce the number of new HIV infections, proposed by the Fast Track strategy of UNAIDS for 2020, as well as, to put an end to AIDS as a problem of public health by 2030. The Forum was a complete success, more than 150 representatives of the programs of HIV/AIDS in the region attended, as…
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Argentina – Minister of health proposes to attack high drug prices

Argentina – Minister of health proposes to attack high drug prices

  • 25th September 2015
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During a press conference, the Minister of Health of Argentina, Daniel Golla, spoke about the abuse and extortion they are suffering from international laboratories. The Minister explains the proposal that Unasur countries must conduct in order to face together the power of companies to finally achieve the lowering of costs. “What we are trying to make clear to the Ministers of Health of the region, in the Mercosur and the Unasur, is a historic document which jointly alleged the abuse and extortion we have been suffering from multinational laboratories”, commented the minister of health. The consensus reached among Ministers gave us a wake up call on the impossibility of continuing on the same path, and from there, several alternatives arose: we must make joint purchases between countries to reduce costs; we should also discuss the creation of a regional bank such the one in Europe, which establishes that no country…
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Honduras – Modification of Law against Discrimination

Honduras – Modification of Law against Discrimination

  • 18th September 2015
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Recently, it became known the news about the intended reform of the article 321 of the Criminal Code of Honduras. This threatens to eliminate the reference to sexual diversity that since two years ago ensures the violation of the Human Rights of people to be punished by law. In the year 2013, Honduras achieved the reform of the Criminal Code, the article 321 punished acts of discrimination that unlawfully obstruct the exercise of individual and collective rights based on sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, partisan activism or political opinion, marital status, race, language, nationality, religion, family affiliation, economic or social condition, different abilities or disabilities, health, physical appearance or any other act that violates the human dignity of the victim. Only two years have gone by after this change. Now, the Honduran Government has initiated a process to carry out general changes to the code, which will modify…
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Panama – Working for the 90-90-90 strategy

Panama – Working for the 90-90-90 strategy

  • 18th September 2015
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There are many meetings speaking of the Fast Track and the 90-90-90 strategy, as well as of zero discrimination, combination prevention, and how to face the challenges of the epidemic by the year 2030. “Knowing that the issue of HIV is surrounded by stigma and discrimination and that people are afraid of knowing their diagnosis, the fact that more than 15,000 people came and got tested, made this campaign more than successful”, commented Aurelio Nuñez, head of the national program of HIV in Panama. This is a campaign carried out every year in Panama, and this year 100 people were tested positive; also some cases of syphilis were found, since the campaign also offered this kind of test free of charge. The leader of the national HIV program stressed that, two years ago, Panama’s HIV testing diagnostic system was modified, so that every person can be diagnosed and receive their…
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Chile – UNAIDS Director visits Chile

Chile – UNAIDS Director visits Chile

  • 18th September 2015
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The Executive Director of ONUSIDA Michel Sidibé recently visited Chile in order to seek support for the implementation of the 90 - 90 – 90 strategy, proposed by UNAIDS. Sidibé was received by the mayor of Santiago, Carolina Toha, who committed the capital of Chile to achieve the proposed actions suggested in the Paris Declaration by UNAIDS, which calls for an end to the AIDS epidemic by the year 2030. “It is essential to highlight that all municipalities have the task of working together to achieve these very ambitious goals. We are implementers of health policies, as well as all municipalities in Chile. We must build a bridge between those policies and the populations that are vulnerable”, said Mrs. Toha. Several organizations working in the HIV response in the country, took the opportunity to dialogue with the representative of UNAIDS and unveiled a joint statement signed by 25 organizations, which…
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Venezuela – 47 hate crimes by sexual orientation between 2013 and 2015

Venezuela – 47 hate crimes by sexual orientation between 2013 and 2015

  • 4th September 2015
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During the period from May 2013 and May 2015, there was a total of 47 hate crimes by sexual orientation, gender identity and expression of gender in Venezuela. Of these, 29 were murders and 18 attacks, according to the results in a new study by ACCSI (Acción Ciudadana Contra el sida) which was based on the review of 58 articles published in websites and blogs of media and news, and civil society organizations. The main states in which the crimes occurred were Zulia, Distrito Capital, Aragua and Miranda. Victims killed appeared with bullet impacts, stabbed, beaten with stones and metal objects such as pipes and hammers, throat cuts, and signs of rape. Another important point to highlight is that 55.6% of the assaults occurred in major public venues such as TV, Twitter, presidential speeches, statements in television and radio public communications of the State system and in the Chamber of…
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Anti-retrovirals and condoms back into discussion

Anti-retrovirals and condoms back into discussion

  • 4th September 2015
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Topics such as undetectable viral load, the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and its relationship to decrease the chances of HIV transmission are moving away other HIV prevention strategies such as the consistent use of condoms. Theory promises much, but the practice can be completely different. In the past year, the HIV response has seen a growing interest in the subject of treatment as prevention, that is to say, the use of antiretrovirals as a method of primary prevention. It is alarming to see the ease with which this new trend is moving years of hard work in raising awareness on the use of condoms. It is common to see headlines of news such as “The end of the era of condoms”, “Truvada, the substitute of condoms”, “Undetectable = no HIV transmission”. The truth is that during the studies to determine the effectiveness of the PreP as a method of…
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The Global Fund and the resources to fight HIV in Latin America

The Global Fund and the resources to fight HIV in Latin America

  • 3rd September 2015
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The Partnership Forum of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is to be done in Argentina. During the forum it is expected to address issues such as the funds needed to fight the epidemic. It is of utmost importance to commit financial resources to achieve an effective HIV response in the countries of Latin America. Therefore, once the countries count on the economic resources, financing to achieve established goals must be a priority. An issue which should be discussed thoroughly is the close of the Global Fund and its donors in some countries of Latin America. Many countries have been classified as middle income by the World Bank, a parameter that is inappropriate for measuring poverty and its consequences on populations at higher risk and vulnerability, as it hides the socioeconomic inequality. This factor is damaging the international investment in health and thus, the ability of some…
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