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A Regime’s Tight Grip: Lessons From Cuba in AIDS Control

A Regime’s Tight Grip: Lessons From Cuba in AIDS Control | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Whatever debate may linger about the government’s harsh early tactics — until 1993, everyone who tested positive for H.I.V. was forced into quarantine — there is no question that they succeeded.

 

Cuba now has one of the world’s smallest epidemics, a mere 14,038 cases. Its infection rate is 0.1 percent, on par with Finland, Singapore and Kazakhstan. That is one-sixth the rate of the United States, one-twentieth of nearby Haiti.

 

Other elements have contributed to Cuba’s success: It has free universal basic health care; it has stunningly high rates of H.I.V. testing; it saturates its population with free condoms, concentrating on high-risk groups like prostitutes; it gives its teenagers graphic safe-sex education; it rigorously traces the sexual contacts of each person who tests positive.

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Impact Of Child Malnourishment Similar To That Of AIDS

Impact Of Child Malnourishment Similar To That Of AIDS | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Malnutrition contributes to more than half of child deaths worldwide. It affects virtually every organ system, causing fatty degeneration of the liver and heart and atrophy of the bowel. Its impact on the immune system is similar to that of Aids. The common result is diarrhoea, which in turn worsens the malnutrition.

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Controversy Over China Push to Eliminate Anonymous HIV Tests

Controversy Over China Push to Eliminate Anonymous HIV Tests | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Health officials in southern China are proposing new legislation to require real-name registration for HIV testing, a move aimed at lowering infection rates that has sparked controversy over personal privacy.

 

According to a recent report by state-owned Xinhua News Agency, the proposed legislation in China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, which has one of the highest AIDS rates in the country, would also mandate those who test positive to inform spouses and partners.

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Another Indian Generics Company Signs With Patent Pool

Another Indian Generics Company Signs With Patent Pool | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A leading supplier of generic antiretroviral medicines has signed an agreement to manufacture new HIV medicines for sale in developing countries, the Medicines Patent Pool announced today.
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The Five-Year Evaluation of UNAIDS

The Five-Year Evaluation of UNAIDS | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The PCB decided to create an open-ended working group on UNAIDS governance, comprised of members and observers of the PCB, to address the governance related issues of UNAIDS, including the mandate, conclusions and recommendations of the Final Report of the Five Year Evaluation of UNAIDS.

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Johnson & Johnson Denies Patent Pool Licences For HIV Medicines For The Poor

Johnson & Johnson Denies Patent Pool Licences For HIV Medicines For The Poor | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In a move public health advocates say is likely to bring negative consequences for low-income patients with HIV and AIDS, as well as negative publicity for the company, Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it would not enter into negotiations with the Medicines Patent Pool for voluntary licences that would allow several of key treatments to be made in more affordable generic form in developing countries.

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ICASA 2011 Edition of Mujeres Adelante Now Available

ICASA 2011 Edition of Mujeres Adelante Now Available | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation is pleased to share the ICASA 2011 edition of Mujeres Adelante with you. Topics covered include HIV prevention for women, the state of the HIV epidemic among young women, problems with vertical transmission programmes and women’s human rights in the AIDS response in Africa.

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HIV/AIDS: Ten big stories in 2011

HIV/AIDS: Ten big stories in 2011 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

It's been a roller coaster of a year in HIV and AIDS. AIDS turned 30 in 2011, and with new evidence of the effectiveness of HIV treatment as prevention, experts are increasingly talking about "the end of AIDS". At the same time, however, funding for HIV has become ever more uncertain, jeopardizing efforts to put new, life-saving science into action.

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Selling condoms in the Congo

Selling condoms in the Congo | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
TED Talks HIV is a serious problem in the DR Congo, and aid agencies have flooded the country with free and cheap condoms. But few people are using them. Why?

 

This video highlights why some well-intending NGOs with excellent plans for the developing world don't have the impact they are hoping for. Cultural barriers to diffusion abound and finding a way to make your idea resonate with your target audience takes some preparation. This also addresses some important demographic and health-related issues, so the clip could be used in a variety of places within the curriculum. FYI: this clip briefly shows some steamy condom ads.


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Derek Ethier's comment, November 5, 2012 2:26 PM
AIDs is an epidemic in Africa, so selling condoms in the Congo is a groundbreaking idea. In fact, I am surprised that no one had thought of this earlier. In a continent where millions are affected by AIDs, it is essential that measures be taken to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Crissy Borton's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:45 PM

Marketing is not something I would have thought about when trying to get people in the Kongo to use condoms. Her research into the brands they use and why may save many lives.

Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:27 PM

I was surprised actually that it took this long for someone to think of this, given the fact that the AIDS crisis in Africa is practically a pandemic.However it is a good idea that someone had finally started to do something about it.  

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UN launches plan to accelerate male circumcision for AIDS prevention in Africa

UN launches plan to accelerate male circumcision for AIDS prevention in Africa | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and the United States scheme that funds global efforts against the pandemic today launched a five-year action framework to accelerate the scaling up of voluntary medical male...
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Reducing HIV Infections by Targeting Concurrent Sexual Partnerships in Kenya

Reducing HIV Infections by Targeting Concurrent Sexual Partnerships in Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In Kenya, PSI partners with the government of Kenya to stem the spread of HIV. One of campaign by PSI/Kenya is aimed at creating awareness surrounding concurrent sexual partners. Through advertisements on the radio, television and in newspapers, men and women are learning about the dangers of having multiple concurrent partners.

 

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SWAZILAND: Reaching out to gays for the first time

SWAZILAND: Reaching out to gays for the first time | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
MBABANE, 14 February 2012 (PlusNews) - If caught, any Swazi engaged in a same-sex relationship will be arrested and jailed. But public health officials are using Valentine's Day to urge gays to trust promises of confidentiality and test for HIV.

 

"February is known as the month of love, when couples express their love for each other through gifts, especially on Valentine's Day. The purpose of our new campaign, called 'The Love Test', is to encourage couples to undergo HIV testing," said Simon Zwane, Deputy Director of Health.

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AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways to Simplify Circumcision

AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways to Simplify Circumcision | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Now that three studies have shown that circumcising adult heterosexual men is one of the most effective “vaccines” against AIDS — reducing the chances of infection by 60 percent or more — public health experts are struggling to find ways to make the process faster, cheaper and safer.

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UNAIDS Guidance for Partnerships with Civil Society, including PLHIV & Key Populations

This document provides guidance on how The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
(UNAIDS), its Cosponsors and Secretariat (working at national, regional and global levels) should
strengthen and operationalize meaningful and respectful partnership work with civil society.

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Financial Crisis May Kill in Congo as Global Health Aid Stalls

Financial Crisis May Kill in Congo as Global Health Aid Stalls | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Europe’s debt crisis has brought down governments, roiled markets and triggered austerity measures affecting millions. Now it may kill.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 28,000 people with HIV who were meant to start life-saving treatment by 2014 may not because of shortfalls in the foreign aid that pays for the nation’s AIDS drugs...

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Resources: Campaign to End Criminalization of HIV Launches Online Tool on HIV Laws & Policies

Resources: Campaign to End Criminalization of HIV Launches Online Tool on HIV Laws & Policies | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Criminalize Hate Not HIV campaign recently launched an online tool to help people living with HIV, campaigners, activists and policy makers worldwide to find out more about the state and impact of laws and policies.
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AIDS 2012: Call for Abstracts, Workshops & Scholarship Applications

AIDS 2012: Call for Abstracts, Workshops & Scholarship Applications | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Press release
GNP+ calls on people living with HIV worldwide to get involved in AIDS 2012 to share their knowledge and experience.
AIDS 2012 is the 19th International AIDS Conference and will be held in Washington DC, U.S.
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Speaking for Civil Society: Interventions at the 29th UNAIDS Board Meeting

Speaking for Civil Society: Interventions at the 29th UNAIDS Board Meeting | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Below is a full list with links to interventions made in response to agenda items on the floor of the 29th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting in December 2011 by NGO Delegates and civil society Observers.
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Voices from the Field: How Laws and Policies Affect HIV Responses

The NGO Delegation presented its 2011 NGO Report on legal environments and HIV responses at the 29th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting on 13 December 2011.


To support the presentation and its report, the NGO Delegation has produced a short video featuring interviews from people working in the HIV field and who have been affected by HIV. The video highlights the effects of laws and policies, both on a wide-scale and personally, and offers important recommendations for policy-makers.

The video was produced by István Gábor Takács of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). Footage was provided by the HCLU and several partner organizations.

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