barriers to services
What's so different about adolescents? Unique challenges and opportunities in engaging 10-19 year olds in integrated HIV and SRHR services
Adolescents are unique in their development, their health and their social needs; therefore, their service requirements are different. The developmental changes experienced during adolescence make it one of the most rapidly changing stages of life. These changes impact on adolescents’ health, not only during adolescence but also across their lifetime. The effect of barriers and poor quality health services are intensified by their ongoing development, impacting the way that adolescents engage with services and, ultimately, affecting their health and wellbeing.
The purpose of this Technical Brief is to assist Global Fund applicants in their efforts to include and expand programs to remove human rights and gender-related barriers to HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment services. This Brief discusses the barriers these programs help to remove, the various forms the programs take, the need to cost and allocate budget for them, and how to implement them in effective ways and at appropriate scale.
The global agenda for sustainable development includes a target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Experience to date shows the significant progress that can be achieved in the AIDS response through the mobilization of scientific knowledge, political will, financial resources and civil society. To achieve this ambitious objective, UNAIDS has called on all countries to harness the next several years (until 2020) as a key window of opportunity for rapidly scaling up the HIV response in three main areas: HIV prevention, HIV testing and HIV treatment.
The CSIS Global Health Policy Center produced this video during a visit to Zambia in April 2016. It profiles four young Zambian women who describe the stark realities for adolescent girls and young women that fuel the AIDS epidemic – sexual violence, barriers to education and family planning, and gender inequality. Through their stories and insights, the video illustrates that in order to address the AIDS crisis in Southern Africa, we must understand the risks that young women face and work to engage and empower them.
The National AIDS Strategic Framework (2014-2015) recognizes female sex workers as one of the key populations in the HIV response in Zambia. Thirty years since the first case of HIV was reported in Zambia sex workers continue to face barriers to access quality HIV prevention and treatment services.
The effort by the FHI 360's Corridors of Hope Program Zambia and Bridge Project of India to develop a minimum package is an important step in advocating for quality, comprehensive and integrated health services for sex workers.
NAPSAR+ Review 2: A review on the attitude of health service providers serving PLHIV and situational assessment of access to treatment for people with disabilities and older people
This report includes the following assessments:
1. A review of efforts to improve attitudes of health service providers serving people living with HIV in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland
Breaking the cycle of vulnerability: A review of efforts to improve attitudes of health service providers serving people living with HIV in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini
According to the (2010) UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic, southern Africa remains the worst impacted by AIDS; in South Africa the HIV prevalence among adults is 17.8% and in three other southern African countries, the national adult HIV prevalence rate exceeds 20%. These countries are Botswana (24.8%), Lesotho (23.6%) and Swaziland (25.9%). High HIV prevalence overburdens health systems and there are concerns that limited availability and low performance of health care workers severely constrains the provision of quality health care services.