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Power to the people

A new report by UNAIDS, Power to the people, released ahead of World AIDS Day, shows that where people and communities living with and affected by HIV are engaged in decision-making and HIV service delivery, new infections decline and more people living with HIV gain access to treatment.

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Community care: Optimizing community services for an improved continuum of HIV care in South Africa

Community health workers, community-based care, and community outreach have long been recognized as essential to extending the reach of facility-based health care systems. In South Africa there is limited information about what services are available, where they are available, eligibility criteria, and how to access them. This report describes Project SOAR’s assessment of the reach and coordination of community services, and associations between specific community-based HIV-related services and facility-level HIV care and treatment outcomes in two districts in South Africa.

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A new approach to assess the capability of health facilities to provide clinical care for sexual violence against women: A pilot study

Several tools have been developed to collect information on health facility preparedness to provide sexual violence response services; however, little guidance exists on how this information can be used to better understand which functions a facility can perform. Our study therefore aims to propose a set of signal functions that provide a framework for monitoring the availability of clinical sexual violence services.

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Video: Africa needs a continental approach to bridge the gaps in HIV prevention

Author
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

In this five-minute video, Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola – director at Stellenbosch University’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS, who is well recognized for her activism to ensure affordable access to health services for people living with HIV – gives her perspective on what it will take for Africa to put up a notable fight against what is being termed by experts as a looming resurgence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. On 10 December 2018, Ms.

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Gender inequality and HIV

Author
Avert

Despite progress in many aspects of the global HIV response, women - particularly adolescent girls and young women - continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV. AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women aged 30-49 and the third leading cause of death for women aged 15-29.

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Malawi's pursuit of HIV epidemic control

Author
USAID

USAID and PEPFAR's approach to pursuing HIV epidemic control is transforming lives and supporting the development of healthy, self-reliant Malawian people. This video demonstrates how partners are collaborating to bring HIV services to hard-to-reach populations, such as fishermen. 

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Behavioral and cognitive interventions to improve treatment adherence and access to HIV care among older adults in sub-Saharan Africa: an updated systematic review

Author
Lucia Knight, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang and Enid Schatz

Background

Approximately 14% of Africans infected with HIV are over the age of 50, yet few intervention studies focus on improving access to care, retention in care, and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in this population. A review of the published literature until 2012, found no relevant ART management and care interventions for older people living with HIV (OPLHIV) in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this systematic review is to update the original systematic review of intervention studies on OPLHIV, with a focus on evidence from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Understanding HIV in an ageing population

Author
ViiV Healthcare

This infographic outlines the key reasons for the growing number of people over 50 living with HIV, the lack of access to health services and treatment challenges they often face, as well as the gaps in scientific understanding with regard to the needs of the ageing HIV population.

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Costs of accessing HIV testing services among rural Malawi communities

Author
Linda Sande, Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Collin Mangenah, Lawrence Mwenge, Pitchaya Indravudh, Phillip Mkandawire, Nurilign Ahmed, Marc d’Elbee, Cheryl Johnson, Karin Hatzold, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Melissa Neuman & Fern Terris-Prestholt

HIV testing is free in Malawi, but users may still incur costs that can deter or delay them accessing these services. We sought to identify and quantify these costs among HIV testing service clients in Malawi. We asked residents of communities participating in a cluster randomised trial investigating the impact of HIV self-testing about their past HIV testing experiences and the direct non-medical and indirect costs incurred to access HIV testing. We recruited 749 participants whose most recent HIV test was within the past 12 months.

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