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Access to midwife services woefully inadequate

5 June, 2014

Access to midwife services are woefully inadequate across 73 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, despite these countries being home to 96 percent of global maternal and newborn deaths. These findings were published this week in the UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: a universal pathway, a woman’s right to health report, and highlight the urgent need for greater investment in midwife services.


Older children face testing barriers in high prevalence settings

28 May, 2014

New study explores some of the barriers to provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling (PITC) for older children in high prevalence settings. The research looked at a cohort of children aged 6 to 15 in Zimbabwe to assess provision and uptake of PITC. Findings indicate there are many barriers to reaching older children with testing where early detection of mother-to-child transmission may have been missed.


ART adherence higher among youth in Africa than North America

21 May, 2014

Adolescents and young people (AYA) aged 12 – 24 in Africa and Asia are more likely to be adherent to antiretroviral therapy (ART) than their counterparts in North America and Europe, according to research published in AIDS this week.


New US guidelines for PrEP target groups

16 May, 2014

Truvada was licensed in the US as an HIV prevention measure for at-risk HIV-negative people in July 2012, however, this approval of PrEP by the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) was not accompanied by clear guidelines on priority groups to be prescribed the drug. New PrEP guidelines have now been released to clarify key target groups.


HIV criminalisation bill passed in Uganda

13 May, 2014

Ugandan HIV activists are angered with news that an HIV criminalisation bill has been passed by parliament this week. If signed into law by the president, the bill will criminalise deliberate transmission of HIV, in a move that is seen as a significant step away from a rights-based approach to combatting the HIV epidemic.


Research shows male circumcision scale-up successful

7 May, 2014

Large-scale voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) programmes can be successfully implemented and impact positively upon new HIV infections in low-resource settings, according to a new series of research published in the PLOS Collection yesterday. The research focuses on the overall success of large-scale VCCM interventions in southern and eastern African countries, and the lessons learnt for going forward.


AVERT-funded home-based care study featured in PLOS ONE

29 April, 2014

Key findings from the Care in the Home Study (CHoS), which was co-funded by AVERT from 2010-2013, have been by published by the journal PLOS ONE this week.


Third-line ART can improve clinical & economic outcomes in SSA

24 April, 2014

A new study has revealed that access to third-line antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV can be cost effective in low-resource settings, as long as there are systems in place to identify those who urgently need third-line therapy, and those who could still benefit from second-line therapy.