Bright and early Wednesday morning, nine speakers and more than 70 participants from international development organizations, donor agencies, and academia gathered at AIDS 2018 to discuss best practices and lessons learned from The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT), reflecting how we can sustain and continue to accelerate progress in reaching children and adolescents living with HIV. Participants asked thoughtful questions and engaged in lively discussion with the panel of speakers, including reflection on challenges with case identification and the need for countries to strategically position point of care diagnostics.
Baylor-Malawi, with USAID funding, has developed a special JAIDS supplement featuring 11 articles which highlight lessons and best practices from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative, a public-private partnership that expanded pediatric HIV services in nine sub-Saharan
Today’s plenary session on Breaking barriers of inequity in the HIV response started with a powerful message from Dr Stefan Baral of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in his presentation on the epidemiology and vulnerability of missing and indigenous populations: “HIV does not discriminate, but in the absence of services, we’re going to continue to see these epidemics.”
This first progress report shows that members of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition have mobilized around strengthening HIV primary prevention. There are clear signs of renewed political commitment and strengthened institutional arrangements for planning and managing prevention programmes.
Men are a hot topic at AIDS 2018! As part of her presentation to kick off the PEPFAR pre-conference this past weekend, Ambassador Deborah Birx shared data highlighting that while recent progress has realized a 50% decline in HIV incidence, men were not equally represented in this achievement. Sunny Sharma echoed these findings in his pre-conference talk about the unique, complex challenges and perspectives of men regarding HIV status and disclosure, which are currently being explored by Ipsos Healthcare’s qualitative and ethnographic research in southern Africa.