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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
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
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.