Progress slowing, time running out to reach 2020 HIV targets – UNAIDS warns

first_img The Caribbean’s Remarkable Response to COVID-19 GENEVA, 18 July 2018—UNAIDS is issuing countries with a stark wake-up call. In a new report, launched (on Wednesday) in Paris, France, at an event co-hosted with Coalition PLUS, UNAIDS warns that the global response to HIV is at a precarious point. At the halfway point to the 2020 targets, the report, Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices, warns that the pace of progress is not matching global ambition. It calls for immediate action to put the world on course to reach critical 2020 targets. “We are sounding the alarm,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Entire regions are falling behind, the huge gains we made for children are not being sustained, women are still most affected, resources are still not matching political commitments and key populations continue to be ignored. All these elements are halting progress and urgently need to be addressed head-on.” HIV prevention crisis Dec 3, 2019 Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key populations – PANCAP EvaluationThe Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but an evaluation done last year has found that the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations. Of concern, according to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), is that the annual number of…January 22, 2019In “CARICOM”UN adopts declaration on ending AIDSUNITED NATIONS, CMC – The United Nations Wednesday adopted a progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration on Ending AIDS which includes a set of specific, time-bound targets that must be reached by 2020 to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. The declaration…June 9, 2016In “CARICOM”Collaborate on innovations to reach key populations – NAPS Managers, civil society advised (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) commenced the Seventh Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 11 March 2019. The meeting was hosted 22 months ahead of the end of 2020…March 13, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM Special Rapporteur Wants More Access for Persons… Global new HIV infections have declined by just 18% in the past seven years, from 2.2 million in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2017. Although this is nearly half the number of new infections compared to the peak in 1996 (3.4 million), the decline is not quick enough to reach the target of fewer than 500 000 by 2020. The reduction in new HIV infections has been strongest in the region most affected by HIV, eastern and southern Africa, where new HIV infections have been reduced by 30% since 2010. However, new HIV infections are rising in around 50 countries. In eastern Europe and central Asia the annual number of new HIV infections has doubled, and new HIV infections have increased by more than a quarter in the Middle East and North Africa over the past 20 years. Treatment scale-up should not be taken for granted Due to the impact of antiretroviral therapy roll-out, the number of AIDS-related deaths is the lowest this century (940 000), having dropped below 1 million for the first time in 2016. Yet, the current pace of decline is not fast enough to reach the 2020 target of fewer than 500 000 AIDS-related deaths. In just one year, an additional 2.3 million people were newly accessing treatment. This is the largest annual increase to date, bringing the total number of people on treatment to 21.7 million. Almost 60% of the 36.9 million people living with HIV were on treatment in 2017, an important achievement, but to reach the 30 million target there needs to be an annual increase of 2.8 million people, and there are indications that the rate of scale-up is slowing down. West and central Africa lagging behind Just 26% of children and 41% of adults living with HIV had access to treatment in western and central Africa in 2017, compared to 59% of children and 66% of adults in eastern and southern Africa. Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 24% in western and central Africa, compared to a 42% decline in eastern and southern Africa. Nigeria has more than half (51%) of the HIV burden in the region and there has been little progress in reducing new HIV infections in recent years. New HIV infections declined by only 5% (9000) in seven years (from 179 000 to 170 000) and only one in three people living with HIV is on treatment (33%), although HIV treatment coverage has increased from just 24% two years ago. Progress for children has slowed The report shows that the gains made for children are not being sustained. New HIV infections among children have declined by only 8% in the past two years, only half (52%) of all children living with HIV are getting treatment and 110 000 children died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2017. Although 80% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmission of HIV to their child in 2017, an unacceptable 180 000 children acquired HIV during birth or breastfeeding—far away from the target of fewer than 40 000 by the end of 2018. “One child becoming infected with HIV or one child dying of AIDS is one too many,” said Mr Sidibé. “Ending the AIDS epidemic is not a foregone conclusion and the world needs to heed this wake-up call and kick-start an acceleration plan to reach the targets.” Key populations account for almost half of all new HIV infections worldwide The report also shows that key populations are not being considered enough in HIV programming. Key populations and their sexual partners account for 47% of new HIV infections worldwide and 97% of new HIV infections in eastern Europe and central Asia, where one third of new HIV infections are among people who inject drugs. “The right to health for all is non-negotiable,” said Mr Sidibé. “Sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, prisoners, migrants, refugees and transgender people are more affected by HIV but are still being left out from HIV programmes. More investments are needed in reaching these key populations.” Half of all sex workers in Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe are living with HIV. The risk of acquiring HIV is 13 times higher for female sex workers, 27 times higher among men who have sex with men, 23 times higher among people who inject drugs and 12 times higher for transgender women. “Communities are echoing UNAIDS’ call,” said Vincent Pelletier, positive leader and Executive Director of Coalition PLUS. “We need universal access to adapted prevention services, and protection from discrimination. We call upon world leaders to match commitments with funding, in both donor and implementing countries.” Stigma and discrimination persist Discrimination by health-care workers, law enforcement, teachers, employers, parents, religious leaders and community members is preventing young people, people living with HIV and key populations from accessing HIV prevention, treatment and other sexual and reproductive health services. Across 19 countries, one in five people living with HIV responding to surveys reported being denied health care and one in five people living with HIV avoided visiting a health facility for fear of stigma or discrimination related to their HIV status. In five of 13 countries with available data, more than 40% of people said they think that children living with HIV should not be able to attend school with children who are HIV-negative. New agenda needed to stop violence against women In 2017, around 58% of all new HIV infections among adults more than 15 years old were among women and 6600 young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years became infected with HIV every week. Increased vulnerability to HIV has been linked to violence. More than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, often at the hands of their intimate partners. “Inequality, a lack of empowerment and violence against women are human rights violations and are continuing to fuel new HIV infections,” said Mr Sidibé. “We must not let up in our efforts to address and root out harassment, abuse and violence, whether at home, in the community or in the workplace.” 90–90–90 can and must be achieved There has been progress towards the 90–90–90 targets. Three quarters (75%) of all people living with HIV now know their HIV status; of the people who know their status, 79% were accessing treatment in 2017, and of the people accessing treatment, 81% had supressed viral loads. Six countries, Botswana, Cambodia, Denmark, Eswatini, Namibia and the Netherlands, have already reached the 90–90–90 targets and seven more countries are on track. The largest gap is in the first 90; in western and central Africa, for example, only 48% of people living with HIV know their status. A big year for the response to tuberculosis There have been gains in treating and diagnosing HIV among people with tuberculosis (TB)—around nine out of 10 people with TB who are diagnosed with HIV are on treatment. However, TB is still the biggest killer of people living with HIV and three out of five people starting HIV treatment are not screened, tested or treated for TB. The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September 2018 is an opportunity to bolster momentum around reaching the TB/HIV targets. The cost of inaction Around US$ 20.6 billion was available for the AIDS response in 2017—a rise of 8% since 2016 and 80% of the 2020 target set by the United Nations General Assembly. However, there were no significant new commitments and as a result the one-year rise in resources is unlikely to continue. Achieving the 2020 targets will only be possible if investments from both donor and domestic sources increase. Ways forward From townships in southern Africa to remote villages in the Amazon to mega-cities in Asia, the dozens of innovations contained within the pages of the report show that collaboration between health systems and individual communities can successfully reduce stigma and discrimination and deliver services to the vast majority of the people who need them the most. These innovative approaches continue to drive the solutions needed to achieve the 2020 targets. When combination HIV prevention—including condoms and voluntary medical male circumcision—is pursued at scale, population-level declines in new HIV infections are achieved. Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is having an impact, particularly among key populations. Offering HIV testing and counselling to family members and the sexual partners of people diagnosed with HIV has significantly improved testing access. Eastern and southern Africa has seen significant domestic and international investments coupled with strong political commitment and community engagement and is showing significant progress in achieving the 2020 targets. “For every challenge there is a solution,” said Mr Sidibé. “It is the responsibility of political leaders, national governments and the international community to make sufficient financial investments and establish the legal and policy environments needed to bring the work of innovators to the global scale. Doing so will create the momentum needed to reach the targets by 2020.” In 2017, an estimated: 36.9 million [31.1 million–43.9 million] people globally were living with HIV 21.7 million [19.1 million–22.6 million] people were accessing treatment 1.8 million [1.4 million–2.4 million] people became newly infected with HIV 940 000 [670 000–1.3 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses UNAIDS The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 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Administrators seize £850,000 of art from property adviser Pierre Rolin

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Goodyear Chief Financial Officer Laura Thompson To Retire

first_imgThe Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has announced that Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has informed the company of her intention to retire in the first quarter of 2019, after 35 years of distinguished service with the tiremaker.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThompson joined Goodyear in 1983 and served in a range of key finance and business roles of increasing responsibility during her career, culminating in her current appointment as executive vice president and CFO in 2013. Prior to that, she played a key role in the turnaround of Goodyear’s North America business as vice president of finance. Earlier, she led business development and investor relations for the company.“We extend our sincere gratitude to Laura for the outstanding leadership she has provided throughout her career,” said Richard Kramer, chairman, CEO and president. “Our entire company – from our business units to our finance teams – has benefited from her substantial contributions to making Goodyear a strong competitor in our industry. Laura has left an indelible mark on our company and everyone she has worked with in her time at Goodyear.”“As I look ahead to marking 35 years with Goodyear in the coming months, I have given this decision a great deal of thought and concluded that the time is right for me to take this step,” said Thompson. “I’m grateful to have had such a long and fulfilling career at this great company and I’m confident that we have the right strategy and team to drive our business forward.”AdvertisementGoodyear says it has begun an executive search for Thompson’s successor.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Fisker Inc. Announces Board Of Directors

first_imgFisker Inc., a developer of eco-friendly electric vehicles, recently announced the composition of its board of directors, which has been designed anticipating the completion of its merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, Inc. The board will be comprised of seven members, including two executives from Fisker, four external directors and a Spartan appointee. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Fisker Inc. board of directors:  Henrik Fisker, founder, chairman and CEO of Fisker Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker, co-founder and CFO of Fisker Wendy Greuel, former controller and council member for the city of Los AngelesMark Hickson, executive VP corporate development, strategy, quality and integration for NextEra Energy, Inc. Rod Randall, co-founder of Vesbridge Partners, executive partner of Siris Capital, board director of Stratus Technologies and Mavenir, chairman of the board of Maglev Aero Henry Ward, founder and CEO of Carta Nadine Watt, CEO of Watt Companies and chair of the Los Angeles Business Council Commenting on the formation of the board, Henrik Fisker said: “As we further evolve our company and execute on our plans to deliver our first vehicle, the most important element is the team who will deliver on our vision. I look forward to working with our board of directors that shares our focus on and commitment to ESG leadership as the bedrock for the company.”Advertisement Following more than 15 years in senior positions across the automotive industry, including at BMW and Volkswagen, incoming special advisor to Fisker, Woebcken commented: “As electric charging infrastructure is building up fast, range of EVs increase and prices for EVs come down, more and more consumers see an EV as a great choice. The strong transition into electric mobility has just begun. I believe that Henrik and his team have created a great brand, product and business model package which has the potential for a strong growth journey. The Fisker Ocean is a stunningly good looking, family friendly compact SUV with inside midsize dimensions and feel. The affordability of this premium EV will be additionally convincing. I am excited to support with my industry background this great endeavor.” Hickson added, “Joining Fisker’s board at this exciting time is a great privilege and I look forward to helping Henrik and his team realize the full potential of the company.” In addition, Hinrich Woebcken has been retained by Apollo to provide certain strategic and operational advisory services to Fisker. The merger between Fisker and Spartan is anticipated to be completed later this year, and will result in shares of Fisker’s Class A common stock trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a publicly listed company.last_img read more

Belgium: Installation of Alstom’s Haliade 150 Delayed

first_imgInstallation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at the Belwind offshore wind farm has been delayed because of some unexpected problems that occurred during the civil works, the company told Offshore WIND.The wind turbine was scheduled to be completely installed in July, however, pile dredging and grouting of the jacket installation have taken a large part of the slot that Alstom had with the jack-up vessel ‘Pacific Osprey’, which could not be extended.The company added that it will resume with the planned work within the coming weeks, as it found a solution in the form of another vessel. Subject to weather conditions, it is now expected that the wind turbine will be installed by early October.Alstom and Belgian developer, Belwind, have signed a cooperation agreement to install, connect to the grid, operate and maintain one Haliade 150 wind turbine at the Belwind wind farm, which hosts 55 wind turbines.[mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, August 30, 2013; Image: Alstomlast_img read more

Video: 50Hertz on Baltic 2 Offshore Wind Connection

first_img50Hertz is in charge of connecting EnBW Baltic 2 to the grid. The German offshore wind farm, being constructed 32 kilometers north of the Baltic island of Rügen, is four times as large as EnBW Baltic 1. With 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 turbines, it can produce six times as much power.The construction of EnBW Baltic 2 began in August 2013. Once completed, it will be able to generate electricity for around 340,000 households per year.Check out the following video for 50Hertz’s story about the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm:Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Beluga reshapes its semi-liner services

first_imgIts semi-liner routes are those with a high number of tramp voyages because of high regional demand or existing long-term contracts. Because of this high sailing frequency, the company claims it is able to quote “competitive” rates for additional general, breakbulk, container and small to medium sized project cargoes on liner B/L terms whenever there is sufficient space left on its ships.There are six routes but the line says these should not be regarded as static and can be quickly adapted to market opportunities.Bremen-based Beluga is a supporting industry carrier of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE), a global network for cargo equipment owners serving the heavy and outsized cargo industry.last_img read more

Man accused of passing HIV facing murder charges

first_img Published: June 6, 2017 9:25 AM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) A Toledo man is facing charges of murder after allegedly infecting a woman with HIV and not telling her.According to police, Ronald Murdock caused the death 51-year-old Kimberly Klempner from HIV.Josh Klempner, Kimberly’s son, says no judge could give a sentence great enough to make up for his mother’s suffering.“To be honest with you, I would rather see him under the jail,” Josh Klempner said. “Just because he has done it to more than just my mother.”Kimberly’s suffering began years before, but the family did not know what was wrong. However, a test later showed Kimberly was HIV positive.“By the time she found out and by the time everything was said and done, it was way too late any medical help or anything,” Josh Klempner said. “It got her so bad, it just threw her down.”Josh says Ronald Murdock dated his mother for nearly five years, and that he was the carrier that ultimately is responsible for his mother’s death.There was another fact Klempner says Murdock neglected to tell his mother. Murdock was married. When Murdock’s wife discovered the affair, she told Klempner that her husband was HIV positive.“She would have done anything for that man,” Josh Klempner said. “And for him not to come out in the beginning and tell her what was going on was not right.”Murdock is currently housed in the Lucas County Jail. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning. Man accused of passing HIV facing murder charges last_img read more

Marston Vale D-Train contract signed

first_imgUK: The contract for the supply of three two-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-multiple-units for the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley has been formally signed, manufacturer Vivarail announced on August 22. Testing is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and entry into service is planned for December.Produced using the aluminium bodyshells and bogies from redundant London Undeground D78 metro trains, the D-Train is intended a low-cost rolling stock option for lightly used routes.The units for the Bedford – Bletchley line will have accessible toilets, USB sockets and face-to-back seating. They will be supplied as DMUs, with automatic engine cut-out at stations and the capability of future conversion to battery power. ‘I remember these trains from when they were on London Underground, but looking around the units there’s so much new equipment on board that they look and feel like brand new trains’, said Jan Chaudry-van-de-Velde, Managing Director of operator West Midlands Trains. ‘Vivarail has done a great job and these trains are an ideal match for this important local service.’‘Everyone is pleased with the look and build quality and I’m very proud of the work my team has done’, said Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter. ‘I am particularly impressed with the London Northwestern Railway livery and their interior designs; they certainly showcase the Class 230 and I think will be well received by Marston Vale’s passengers.’In a separate deal, incoming Wales & Borders franchisee KeolisAmey has ordered five three-car Class 230 diesel-battery multiple-units for use on the Wrexham – Bidston, Conwy Valley and Chester – Crewe routes from mid-2019.The D-Train concept was described in the May 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.last_img read more