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Battling the perfect storm

At the 9th South African AIDS Conference (SA AIDS 2019), I can only reflect on the work we have done over the years in the fight against HIV. So many inspiring scientists, community representatives and activists in the room working to turn the tide on this virus. ‘Unprecedented innovation and technologies’ was a fitting theme for this year’s biennial conference: 19 years on from the first SA AIDS Conference, South Africa has become a world leader in the work to end AIDS.
Author
Leora Casey, Key Populations Manager, NACOSA

People Living with HIV Stigma Index

Stigma remains one of the biggest barriers preventing people living with HIV from accessing healthcare. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index was first launched in 2008. Ten years on, it was replaced by and updated and strengthened Stigma Index 2.0.

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Living on the frontline: How community health workers can help plug service delivery gaps in rural communities

Rural communities in low- and middle-income countries face specific challenges in accessing health care. And yet, these communities are often the most vulnerable and most in need. So how can we overcome these barriers to provide everyone with the health care they have a right to? How do we maximize the available healthcare resources to effectively address inequalities and ensure sustainable service delivery?
Author
Danya-Zee Pedra

Integrating noncommunicable disease services into primary health care, Botswana

Despite the rising burden of noncommunicable diseases, access to quality decentralized noncommunicable disease services remain limited in many low- and middle-income countries. Here we describe the strategies we employed to drive the process from adaptation to national endorsement and implementation of the 2016 Botswana primary healthcare guidelines for adults.
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Protecting healthcare in times of economic crisis

Rural communities comprise about 40% of the country’s population of 57.8 million but, historically, these areas are the last to be considered when it comes to health provision by national, provincial and local authorities. The Protecting Healthcare in Times of Economic Crisis Report outlines the health, economic and political imperatives of addressing traditional deficiencies in delivering adequate, affordable and sustainable healthcare to rural areas, and presents a basic blueprint for rolling out a solution.

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Women's (health) work: A population-based, cross-sectional study of gender differences in time spent seeking health care in Malawi

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Yeatman S, Chamberlin S, Dovel K
There has been a notable expansion in routine health care in sub-Saharan Africa. While heath care is nominally free in many contexts, the time required to access services reflects an opportunity cost that may be substantial and highly gendered, reflecting the gendered nature of health care guidelines and patterns of use. The time costs of health care use, however, have rarely been systematically assessed at the population-level.
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Treating key and mobile populations as people, not public health problems

Of no surprise to those in the HIV field, the epidemic continues to be fueled by stigma, none more evident than among key and mobile populations, such as people who inject drugs and sex workers. Speakers at the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference shared their experiences in working with these groups and challenged participants to view them as people – and not merely a public health problem.  
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SHARE staff

Webinar: Targeting Health Inequity Policy Forum

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Webinar

 

TARGETING HEALTH INEQUITY:
SMART MOVES WITH NEW TOOLS AND APPROACHES

Join Health Policy Plus and special guests from USAID and the World Health Organization for an engaging policy forum that will explore new tools to assess health equity outcomes, examine experiences of how countries make hard policy decisions based on equity-related evidence, and discuss future directions for pro-equity health sector reforms.

Through a series of expert presentations and a moderated discussion, we will tackle the questions of:

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Zero Discrimination Day 2018 Brochure

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UNAIDS

Zero Discrimination Day is a commemorated each year across the globe on 1 March. This year, UNAIDS highlighted the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world.

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Zero Discrimination Day 2018

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Global

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.

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