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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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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 


 

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By Charlie Baran

The following is adapted from an article that originally appeared in the Global Fund Observer on October 19, 2016.

I had the privilege of attending my first Global Fund Replenishment meeting last month in Montreal. The overall feel was of celebration and optimism. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the Global Fund and its track record of saving lives and averting new infections, and backed up his talk with a US$720 million pledge to kick things off. The various other heads of state, health ministers, and private sector leaders all commended praised the Fund as well. … Read more 


 

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By Katja Tielemann, Advocacy Officer with Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

At the conclusion of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal, Canada, on September 16 to 17, the Global Fund announced that pledges totalling US$12.9 billion were made. This is almost US$1 billion more than what was raised at the previous replenishment conference in 2013 and represents a significant commitment to fighting the three diseases over the coming three years. But will it be enough to end the three epidemics for good?

At the beginning of this … Read more