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ICAD requires the services of a highly-skilled consultant to work with ICAD staff to develop both a policy brief and fact sheet focused on Indigenous approaches to harm reduction. Deadline for applications: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 17:00 ET. A. BACKGROUND ICAD is a coalition of over 100 Canadian organizations and individuals that provides leadership in the response of Canadian international development organizations and Canadian HIV/AIDS organizations to reduce the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic at home and abroad. Founded in 1989, the Coalition is made up of Canadian AIDS service organizations, international development non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, trade unions, educational institutions, academics, researchers and consultants from across the country. … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post . By Lebogang Motsumi

I was first diagnosed with HIV eight years ago, and only then did I notice that every year, the international community comes together to celebrate the progress they have made in fighting this virus.

This progress is reported by the United Nations, which tracks the number of people around the world who take the drugs that I take. The UN is proud–justifiably so–that more and more people who have HIV can keep the infection in check.

These drugs, known as antiretroviral medicines, or ARVs, stop the virus from spreading and knocking out my immune system. The drugs help … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .
By Robin Montgomery, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

In October 2015, the renewed UNAIDS Strategy was approved amidst cheers from the global community at the 37th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). The renewed strategy is an ambitious but viable, comprehensive road map charting the end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and is couched within the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) .

Just twelve months later, the conversation at this week’s 39th PCB has taken a much more somber tone as delegates grapple with the funding crisis that has rocked … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Nicci Stein

When you think about HIV prevention and children, the first thing that comes to mind is perinatal/vertical transmission — a baby acquiring HIV in utero, through the birth process or through breastfeeding. For some reason, the catchy acronym “PMTCT” (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) stubbornly stays in our lexicon even though it is archaic and places the burden of guilt for transmission onto women living with HIV. But that’s another topic for another day.

How HIV affects children and how the impacts can be addressed and mitigated involves so much more than ensuring babies born … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Maddison Van Balkom and Emily Major-Girard

Events in Lesotho typically begin with a hymn or a song, followed by a prayer. At a recent sexual education workshop for deaf students hosted by Help Lesotho, the first morning’s hymn started with grins from ear to ear and one small difference: the hymn was silent.

The training room — despite being filled by 63 eager students — was dramatically quieter than the usual cheers and singing that accompany the start of a program. The melody of the hymn was beautifully carried through sign language; a deeply moving and somewhat overwhelming … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here . 

By Leah Morris

Internationally the formal commitment has been made to end AIDS by 2030. This will require hitting the ambitious 90-90-90 targets, meaning that 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. However, there is a chasm to be crossed between the formal signature of a country acknowledging that these targets ought to be met, and the day-to-day financial, political, and social effort … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Muluba Habanyama

Thirty-seven years old. In 2030, I will be 37 years old. In 2030, the AIDS epidemic will be eliminated. I hope. According to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or “Global Goals” that’s the plan. I pray to God they’re right. I can wait till 37, but if I’m being honest, I expect to be waiting much past that.

No, I’m not a cynic or a negative Nancy. Ask those closest to me and they’ll tell you I’m quite optimistic in many ways. However, over this harsh past year, and the 22 before, I’ve become used … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Dr. Zeda F. Rosenberg

As we consider how to reach the end of HIV/AIDS, we must recognize that doing so will require giving women new ways to protect themselves against the virus.

Women are especially vulnerable to HIV because a combination of biology and gender inequities renders them more susceptible to infection than men. In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV is as at least two times more prevalent in young women ages 15 to 24 than in young men, partly because women lack effective and discreet tools they can use on their own to protect themselves. … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Shelley Garnham, TB Officer, RESULTS Canada

It’s not a bird, and it’s not a plane. Despite the similarities, it isn’t another formulaic superhero, headlining a blockbuster movie coming to a theatre near you, and it hasn’t taken in billions of dollars in box office receipts worldwide.

Though it should. It’s a real-life battle between good and evil, not unlike many that we’ve seen before. We love watching heroes take on villains and come out on top — seeing humanity (or our hyper-capable proxies) work together to defeat evil on behalf of our planet. But resemble as it might … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Daniel Townsend

As many see the world making a shift to the right, there has been a groundswell of liberal praise for Canada. For many, Canada is viewed as a stable democracy with an educated multicultural population that seemingly all co-exist well. While many societies grapple with an emergence of right-leaning nationalism and cultural exclusivity, we, Canadians, harbor no outward illusions of greatness but are united on a common understanding that inclusiveness, tolerance, sound social and economic policies are the backbone of our strength — and this does not include the Trudeau factor.

Sensing a rise in our … Read more