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15 December 2016

Viral load suppression among young people and adolescents falling behind in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

A number of southern African countries are making good progress towards the 90-90-90 Fast-Track Targets, but efforts to reach younger populations need to be redoubled.

14 December 2016

Partner self-testing could be a vital tool to increase uptake of HIV testing among men in sub-Saharan Africa

Near-universal uptake of HIV testing among men who were given self-tests by their partners in Kenya shows its feasibility as an intervention to reach hard-to-reach groups.  

22 November 2016

Adolescence a ‘dangerous time’ for young girls – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa

New HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women fell by only 6% between 2010 and 2015. This puts the HIV response severely off-track to reach the UNAIDS 2020 Fast-Track Targets.

25 October 2016

Understanding the barriers to circumcision in southern and eastern Africa

Despite a willingness of men to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention benefits in sub-Saharan Africa, uptake is low with just 56% of the 20.8 million circumcisions by 2016 target met.

21 October 2016

Poverty holds back progress in prevention of mother-to-child transmission in Nigeria

Women in Nigeria face cycles of stigma and poverty that severley limit their access to HIV serivces, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.

12 October 2016

Zimbabwe: Improved treatment coverage cuts TB rates

Expanding access to treatment for people living with HIV is shown to decrease tuberculosis (TB) incidence – but it is not the silver bullet.

07 October 2016

New cervical screening method could save women’s lives in low-income countries

Study in South Africa and Burkina Faso shows that simple HPV screening could help save lives in places with limited health infrastructure.

05 October 2016

Kenya leads the way in child-friendly TB treatment

Kenya becomes first country in the world to introduce child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicine. It is hoped that the roll-out of this medication will drastically reduce the number of child TB deaths in the country.

26 September 2016

Prisoners in Zambia need better access to HIV services

Zambian officials promote absitinence in prisons, turning a blind eye to the HIV prevention needs of men who have sex with men

13 September 2016

Kenya to scale-up access to PrEP for adolescent girls and young women

The Gates Foundation awards grant to expand access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for key populations in Kenya.