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AIDS2016: Ratchet up efficiency, Gates advises Special Features
IOL | 21 July 2016
Durban - If we're going to treat twice as many people with HIV, we need to double our efficiency because we’re not going to get double the money, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. Speaking at a special session of the International Aids Conference in Durban on Wednesday, Gates – whose foundation is the biggest private funder of efforts to end HIV – said the world economy was under pressure. “There are a lot of distractions – the...
AIDS 2016: The Daily Review
IAS | 21 July 2016
The theme of accountability for achieving AIDS reduction targets resonated throughout AIDS 2016 on Wednesday. At the plenary session, “What is our Goal?,” Anton Pozniak challenged the audience to step up the global response to TB and hepatitis C, two major killers of people living with HIV (PLWHIV), through a greater focus on testing, early treatment, and the use of generic therapies to treat the two diseases. Presenting on the soon-to-start HVTN 702 vaccine study in South Africa...
"Better Off Knowing” Social Mobilisation and Media Campaign "
Heath System Trust | 21 July 2016
PROGRAMME 10h00 – 10h05    Welcome and introduction of speakers Mr Innocent Nkata, Head: Business Development and Communications Health Systems Trust 10h05 – 10h15    Background: South Africa’s Sustained Response to HIV and AIDS and TB (SA SURE) Ms Jackie Smith, Programme Manager: Health Systems Strengthening Health Systems Trust 10h15 – 10h20    Better Off Knowing campaign rationale Ms Judith Annakie-...
Government launches self-service medicine 'ATMs'
News24 | 20 July 2016
Pietermaritzburg - South Africans will soon obtain their medication from self-service ATM-style machines. This was announced by the South African Ministry of Health on Tuesday at the International Aids Conference taking place this week in Durban. In a statement from the Department of Health, they said the Pharmacy Dispensing Unit (PDU), currently being piloted at Thembalethu clinic in Johannesburg, is a self-service machine where patients can obtain their medication in the same way people...
AIDS 2016 Daily Review
IAS | 20 July 2016
“What a Girl Wants” was the title of a Tuesday Special Session at AIDS 2016, and understanding what HIV prevention tools and information girls and young women want and need, and how to provide them, is a continuing theme at the conference. Throughout AIDS 2016 we are reminded -- and are reminding the world -- of the enormous impact of HIV on adolescent girls and young women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
AIDS 2016: Daily Review
International AIDS Society | 19 July 2016
The Opening Ceremony officially kicked off the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) on Monday, Nelson Mandela Day. The conference returns to Durban 16 years after Mandela himself addressed the gathering with an historic speech that called upon all to "break the silence, banish stigma and discrimination, and ensure total inclusiveness within the struggle against AIDS." "This is the one event," Mandela said, "where every word uttered, every gesture made, has...
AIDS 2016: Daily Review
International AIDS Society | 18 July 2016
AIDS 2016 was off and running this weekend with a schedule of pre-conference activities that played to capacity crowds in advance of the official conference opening today, on Monday, 18 July. Leaders representing the full spectrum of the global AIDS response, from faith communities to sex workers to paediatric advocates, participated in sessions on the cost of stigma, the fight against HIV criminalization, new treatment approaches, and a host of other topics addressing nearly every aspect of...
Join Health Systems Trust at The International AIDS Conference
Health Systems Global | 18 July 2016
Leading health systems research and strengthening NGO, Health Systems Trust, will participate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban from 18 to 22 July 2016, to showcase its expertise in information and data gathering for decision-making, leadership and community engagement, human resources, and quality improvement of service delivery in South Africa’s public healthcare system. Where to find us … Monday 18 July 2016, 14h00 – 16h00, Global Village, Durban...
Media Release: International AIDS Conference returns to Durban to define path forward to ending AIDS
IAS | 18 July 2016
More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers have gathered in Durban for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the world’s largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue. The conference returns to Durban after 16 years and will feature 2,500 scientific abstracts and hundreds of events.
AIDS2016: Employees, particularly domestic workers, report forced HIV testing
Bhekisisa | 16 July 2016
About a third of South Africans living with HIV report experiencing HIV-related stigma, according to a 2014 survey conducted among about 10 500 people by the Human Sciences Research Council for the South African National Aids Council (Sanac). The study also found that around 25% of respondents who reported having lost work in the year preceding the research attributed this to HIV discrimination.
US retracts plan to cut HIV/AIDS funds for SA
BDlive | 12 July 2016
The US government said on Monday that it would provide $410m to SA's HIV/AIDS programmes for the fiscal year starting October 1, highlighting how it still provides support to SA despite plans to slash funding. In 2012 it emerged that the US President’s Emergency Programme for Aids Relief (Pepfar) intended to cut its financial assistance to SA by 50% or more over five years. Strong lobbying by the Department of Health ensured it never cut back on the scale initially envisaged,...
Better off knowing” campaign aims to mobilise communities to test for HIV
Heath System Trust | 8 July 2016
This month, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launches its “Better off knowing” campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status, receive treatment and live longer. The high-profile campaign forms part of South Africa’s response to the ambitiousUNAIDS ‘Fast-Track’ 90-90-90global targetsfor combatting HIV in communities and achieving an AIDS-free generation by 2030. Launched in...