A new report from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, assesses the state of harm reduction worldwide by focusing on the steps that five sample countries—Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Ukraine, and Vietnam—have, or have not, taken to address the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs (PWID). The report, titled Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic: Interventions to Prevent and Treat HIV Among People Who Inject Drugs, also examines the role of international donors, such as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in funding and implementing HIV services for PWID.
Earlier this summer, the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, took several steps to bolster the sustainability of the immunization programs it supports in the world’s 49 lowest-income countries. One important Board action was to refine the process by which countries that have been receiving Gavi assistance are weaned from international support and increase their allocation of domestic resources to fund immunization programs.
A report in The Daily Observer quotes the Pan American Health Organization as saying that new regional targets were set at a regional forum on the HIV continuum of care.
Despite calls from some celebrities, faith-based and anti-sex work organizations, the global human rights group Amnesty International adopted a policy to support the full decriminalization of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers at its International Council Meeting, the Center for Global Health Policy reports.
Makini Brice of Reuters writes, “It took less than a minute for a panel of judges in Senegal to sentence seven men to six months in prison for homosexuality last week, but campaigners say the harm to the African nation's anti-HIV efforts could last much longer.”
The Center for Global Development says that although it has proposed several models on results-based financing, only a few projects have made the jump from concept to reality. The help bridge the gap from theory to reality, the CGD and the Global Fund are chairing a working group on “The Next Generation Financing Models in Global Health.”
The Guardian reports that “a wave of countries have passed restrictive laws and curtailed activity. Almost half the world’s states have implemented controls that affect tens of thousands of organisations across the globe.”
The WHO announces that the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership, established in 1998 as part of a global drive to galvanize stronger action to curb malaria, is to restructure. See also announcement on the RBM website at www.rollbackmalaria.org.
Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Glennie and Andy Sumner say that “international development has reached a crucial moment in its evolution. Given the great progress in much of the world in the past decade or so, the paradigm of north-south development assistance is now outdated.”
Tanzania is experiencing perennial stockouts of various kinds of medicines and supplies; however, short supply of ARVs in particular is catastrophic to the health of users. People with key responsibilities in the supply chain need to work efficiently and play their roles effectively so as to avoid unnecessary procurement delays.