Archive for October, 2015

Peru – Peruvian Network of Women with hiv fights discrimination against pregnant women

Peru – Peruvian Network of Women with hiv fights discrimination against pregnant women

  • 26th October 2015
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Lena is a 28-year-old lady who just gave birth to her second child. Her first child is over two years old and his follow-up examination has shown he is still free from hiv. However, Lena fears that it may not be the same for her second child, since this time the C-section was very delayed. It wasn't until she presented symptoms of tachycardia and that fetal distress was evident, that they proceeded to operate on her. Besides, due to what she considers to be a case of negligence, they removed her uterus. This is not the first case of discrimination, negligence and obstetric violence, as the experts call it; that's why the Peruvian Network of Women with HIV (RPM+) started a pilot project some months ago, which provides advisory support and accompaniment to women during their gestation period and labor and monitor their situation until the children have been discharged…
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Bolivia – CondomTouch the new Android app

Bolivia – CondomTouch the new Android app

  • 26th October 2015
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The use of smart phones has spread quickly in all countries of Latin America. For this reason, the Redvihda Foundation took advantage of this reality in Bolivia to launch an application that fosters the use of condoms. In response to the trend of the use of new digital technologies for prevention, in May of this year it was launched in the Play Store the application called “CondomTouch”, developed by the Redvihda Foundation, with funding by Hivos and the support of the State Government of Santa Cruz. The application is available for mobile devices using the Android platform and provides information on the use of the male condom, hiv and aids, discrimination, STIs, contraception, rights and violence. You can also access maps with Condomfree points to which people can go and get three condoms free of charge every seven days, by means of a code generated by the application. “These are…
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El Salvador – Obstacles to provide information on hiv to people with disabilities

El Salvador – Obstacles to provide information on hiv to people with disabilities

  • 24th October 2015
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John is 32 years old, he is gay and is also hearing impaired, with an HIV-positive diagnosis. At the moment of being diagnosed, he suffered stigma and discrimination by health workers. Thanks to an interpreter, Juan said that although now he assumes his diagnoses normally, at the beginning it was a hassle. He had been suffering from severe headaches, nausea, and diarrhea and had lost much weight; his mother decided to take him to a hospital in the western area of El Salvador. The doctor on duty asked his mother to take him to get tested for hiv in clinic of comprehensive hiv care. John said he was taken into a room where a person “tried” to explain to him with signs and drawings what the hiv was, and showed him some condoms, then he went to the clinical laboratory to get tested. After two hours, he returned to the…
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Chile – Aymara community presents the highest HIV rate

Chile – Aymara community presents the highest HIV rate

  • 15th October 2015
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According to estimations by the anthropologist Malva Marina Pedrero, the Aymara community in Chile, in the years 2010 and 2011, presented an HIV mortality rate of 9.1 per 100 thousand inhabitants. To better understand this figure, we may compare it to the HIV mortality rate of the non-indigenous population, which is 2.9 per 100 thousand inhabitants. This shows that the Aymaras have up to 3 times more risk of dying from HIV-related causes. In a seminar organized by the Ministry of health, the anthropologist presented background information on the epidemic, in order to generate an intercultural strategy to address the problems of HIV and tuberculosis in the indigenous peoples of Chile. This first seminar raises many questions to explain the causes of the epidemic and raises the need to organize a health response with cultural relevance. Also, an ethnographic study will allow to demonstrate how the Aymara culture perceives this…
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Costa Rica – Increases discrimination against migrants with HIV

Costa Rica – Increases discrimination against migrants with HIV

  • 15th October 2015
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Different reasons have forced many people to migrate in search of a better life and key populations such as gay, trans and people with HIV are no exception. For many, Costa Rica seems to be a place to start again. However, starting from scratch in another country can have certain complications, and being gay or trans, brings about discrimination and stigma. This not only affects their quality of life by excluding them from enjoying their legal and labor rights, but it also prevents the recognition of this population as individuals of rights to health, especially in terms of access to anti-retroviral drugs and medical care for the control of the infection. According to data from the Office of the Ombudsman, 17% of the complaints received for the institution concerning the health service have to do with lack of access to care in social security. Discrimination, abuse and exclusion persist in…
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Chile – Bachelet regrets exclusion of sexual diversity in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Chile – Bachelet regrets exclusion of sexual diversity in Post-2015 Development Agenda

  • 14th October 2015
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The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, lamented the exclusion of issues of sexual diversity from the agreement of the Post 2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations. The President said that “we would have liked the agenda to be more constrained and, therefore, more likely to focus its enforcement. We also regret that objectives regarding issues of interest to Chile such as sexual diversity are not included”. The President later said also that “she recognizes the enormous effort that has been achieved and the participation of civil society is of great importance”. In addition, the country committed to assuming this agreement, which, undoubtedly, will allow to work for a better future for the countries that make up the Assembly. “Now we will have an agenda that is responsible for the great challenges of a reality that does not support further delays”. “Now, with this Agenda of sustainable development, we have…
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Panama – REDLACTRANS and the Global Fund

Panama – REDLACTRANS and the Global Fund

  • 14th October 2015
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Members of Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Personas Trans (REDLACTRANS) gathered in Panama City from 14 to 16 September to consolidate the proposal approved by the Global Fund and to further progress in the HIV response, stigma and discrimination. Marcela Romero, Regional Coordinator of the network commented that “it is the first time that transgender partners will implement a proposal from the Global Fund (...) The first time, we had a good score, but it had to be reformulated, and when we did so, the Global Fund closed its doors; There was no money in Europe and our proposal wasn’t approved. Later on, we presented the proposal, but it was approved with a very large financial cut, the first proposal was for $ 12 million, currently it is for $ 2 million”. The meeting was attended by representatives from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile,…
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Alessandra Nilo: “We need to build ambitious indicators and civil society must participate in it”

Alessandra Nilo: “We need to build ambitious indicators and civil society must participate in it”

  • 13th October 2015
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The activist and founder of Foundation GESTOS, Alessandra Nilo, recently in a speech, unveiled different points of views and opinions on the situation and responsibilities of the new sustainable development objectives. Among the main points that were highlighted, Alessandra proposed the creation of a National Commission for the sustainable development objectives, which includes multiple spaces for the participation of civil society. Also it must have deliberative efficiency and financial resources for its implementation. “Today, listening to the speeches during the first session of the summit, it is clear that we gathered not only to celebrate the adoption of this historic agenda, but to reflect on the critical task in front of us: the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for the sustainable development, indicators of inclusion, empowerment of all people, transparency, promotion and guarantee of rights”, said Alessandra. The diagnosis of the 2030 Agenda is clear: policies aligned with…
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Chile – Law reform will allow adolescents to get tested

Chile – Law reform will allow adolescents to get tested

  • 5th October 2015
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In the past five years, the number of adolescents with HIV increased by 86 percent. An alarming figure that prompted Chilean authorities to think in more and better access to services for this population group. It is being considered a law that would allow teenagers to get tested without the consent of their parents. This initiative has the support and resources of political sectors and it is supported by various organizations of civil society, since it is conceived as an opportunity to advance in the comprehensive prevention of HIV in the country. The draft law presented by a group of Senators of all political sectors, was widely welcomed in the Senate after the adoption the first days of September by the Health Commission and the agreement with the Executive to write a targeted indication to properly support the minor whose HIV test results positive. According to one study, in Chile,…
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Nicaragua – LGBT population in political parties

Nicaragua – LGBT population in political parties

  • 5th October 2015
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In recent months, citizens of several Central American countries have protested against their Governments and the political class in general. Part of the claim of the citizen movements is the inclusion in the political agenda the defense of their rights and sexual diversity. The Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS) bets on Human Rights as a fundamental pillar of its strategy and hopes to attract excluded groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans. Ana Margarita Vijil, President of the movement Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS); Nicaraguan social democrat party founded in 1995, Attorney with specialty in gender and political party, says that for years, political parties have been always directed by men and no one had claimed much; also the role of women wasn’t addressed. Thus, due to the need for respect of the difference and opinions new more inclusive parties began to emerge, including the Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS). Originally,…
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