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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Ficas bodyshells lift metro capacity

first_imgON MAY 5 Bombardier Transportation unveiled a car body assembly technique which uses thinner and smoother vehicle sidewalls to increase passenger capacity by up to 10%, reports Geoff Hadwick. Speaking at the UITP World Congress in Madrid, Bombardier Transportation President & Chief Operating Officer Pierre Lortie announced that a three-car trainset built using the Fully Integrated Carbody Assembly System (Ficas) developed at Kalmar will start trial running in Stockholm on June 30 under an agreement with AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik.A Ficas sidewall is formed of two smooth steel outer panels bonded to a rigid foam core. Unlike traditional car bodies which use a steel shell supported by steel cross-members, or welded aluminium extrusions, this approach is more akin to the lightweight monocoque bodies of modern aircraft and sports cars. A typical Ficas sidewall is up to 120mm thinner than a traditional bodyshell. Use of Ficas on the modified Stockholm C20 trainset has resulted in a 210mm increase in interior width, allowing a wider gangway whilst retaining an identical seating arrangement. The 33% increase in aisle width translates into 10% more floor area for standing passengers throughout the 46·5m long three-section articulated unit, without any change in the external dimensions. SL hopes to carry an extra 35 passengers per unit, or 105 in a nine-car train – a 6·5% increase in capacity. The tare weight of the three-car set has also been reduced by 2·6 tonnes, improving energy consumption.Noting that Ficas uses bonding and mechanical fastening as opposed to conventional welding, Bombardier emphasised that ‘minimal investment in new production facilities is required.’ This would also encourage more local assembly. Bomabrdier’s Vice-President, Sales, for metro cars Rauno Boga said he was keen to see Ficas technology applied to the Movia modular product platform currently being used to build new cars for Guangzhou and Bucuresti.last_img read more

WV girls spikers enter Nat’l PIRSAA semis

first_imgWESTERN Visayas secondary girls volleyball squad leaped to the semifinals of the PRISAA 2018 National Games with a 25-9, 25-10 victory over Region 10 at the Holy Name University Covered Court in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.WV dominated Region 10 in all departments on Wednesday to set up a semifinals date with Davao today.With veterans Shane Carmona, Alyssa Bertolano, Marianne Sotomil, and Joan Monares in tow, WV jumped to an early double-digit lead in the opening set before seeing Region 10 falter with their errors.It was almost the same story in the second set with Yen yen Celiz, Erika Deloria and Kiesha Bedonia spearheading WV’s offense for a double digit spread and never looked back. “We were able to fix our errors in our previous games,” said WV assistant coach Biboy Calamba. “We will be cautious of Davao even if we already beat them in the Palarong Pambansa.”The WV secondary girls beach volleyball team composed of Nohlin Jundana, Marixi Maligmat and Joan Doguna also made it to the semifinals round with an emphatic win on Wednesday at the VDT Advanced Learning Center Campus.In the tertiary basketball HNU Gymnasium, WV represented by Hercor College Jaguars bowed out of contention after losing to Region 3 in the crossover semifinals round./PNlast_img read more

”Ancelotti didn’t want me to leave” – Everton player speaks about…

first_imgTosun also said he wants to stay at Everton as he feels he can get his chance under Carlo Ancelotti next season but if he fails to do that, then he might look to play elsewhere considering the European Championships next summer: “I actually have a good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti. He didn’t want me to leave but I was thinking Euro 2020 at that time. He wasn’t playing me, but I was always giving my best in training.“If I have a chance, I want to continue at Everton, but if I’m not, then I will look for other opportunities. I believe if I return strongly, I might have a chance to play at Everton for next season. I want to play together with Calvert-Lewin in a 4-4-2.”The Turkish striker also said there’s full Toffees concentration on beating Liverpool this Sunday, and he believes Everton will win the game 2-1.Since arriving at Goodison Park the Turkish international has failed to hold down a regular place in Everton’s starting eleven, especially this season. Subsequently he was loaned to Crystal Place during the last transfer window, but he picked up a serious knee injury whilst training with the Eagles.There have been reports linking the player with a return to the Turkish Super Lig, although he’s gone on record to say he wants to remain in the English top Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Everton striker Cenk Tosun has spoken to Turkish TV Channel S Sport, as covered by Sabah, and said he expects his side to beat Liverpool when both sides meet on Sunday.last_img read more

Worth their weight in gold

first_imgThe upcoming ‘Deadlift for Depression 2’ will be held specifically for people carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, by those who only want to lighten the burden.It’s the simple, yet incredibly powerful message spurring on those behind south-east powerlifting gyms ‘Evolv: Healthy Bodies’ and ‘Peninsula Barbell’.The second, annual Deadlift for Depression event will be held at a humble Somerville gym next month with the simple aim of raising as much money as possible for mental health organisation, Beyond Blue.And if last year’s inaugural event is any indicator – with over $10,000 raised in 2018 – they could be set to record a staggering personal best this time around.One of the lifters taking part this year is Blind Bight local, and former Tooradin Cricket Club president, Kane Latham.Deadlift for Depression 2 is particularly close to his heart, with two of his friends taking their own lives in recent times after prolonged mental health battles.At next month’s event, Latham is aiming to record a whopping 600-pound (or 272-kilogram) deadlift in their memory.Those who sign up to compete in this year’s event will donate, upon entry, at least $30 each directly to Beyond Blue.So far, well in excess of $1000 has been raised through competition sign-ups alone – from which there’s no monetary interest to the gym.“Being a deadlift-only competition, a lot of the people here are already training elsewhere or have a coach somewhere else,” Latham explained from the Somerville gym recently.“This is just about getting everybody together for the cause.”Matthew Bund – the owner of Peninsula Barbell – explained that the concept of the event was the brainchild of Jackson Drew, from Evolv.The two have come together, as key cogs of the south east powerlifting scene, to gather as much momentum as possible for the cause.“In thinking of all the different charities we could raise money for, mental health probably had the broadest spectrum – it can literally affect anyone,” Bund said.“After we held the first event, we found that a lot of our gym members had been affected by their own mental health battles too. We didn’t realise the extent of it until after the event, but it really helped them open up.”For many, there’s still a very real stigma surrounding mental health battles, but Bund explained “this can help to break those barriers down”.There will be about 40 participants competing on the day – on 21 July at Factory 6/4 Guelph Street, Somerville.The likelihood is that all of those competing on the day would have been touched by mental health battles in some way, shape, or form – either directly, or indirectly.“It’s why I wanted to run it,” Drew said.“I’ve got friends who’ve lost people, and it’s horrible. It can just happen so quickly, out of nowhere.“This is just lifting weights off the floor, but if as much money as possible can go towards an organisation that supports people in need, then that’s all that matters. I want to run this bigger, and better, every year.”Drew was quick to add that anyone is welcome to the event on the day – whether they’re lifting, or not.“Everyone wants to help – to be a part of the raffle, or to help out on the day,” he said.“We also want people to just come down and be a part of the day, and not even necessarily have to do anything except show their support. That could mean something as simple as reaching out to someone and talking with them – making sure they’re ok.“The event, itself, is a platform that we can use to raise some much-needed money but we also want to help people feel better about themselves.“This is a friendly, welcoming environment and we just want people to feel comfortable in their own skin.”Latham pointed out just how strong the support network is within the burgeoning powerlifting community, particularly in the south east.“I know if I’m having a bit of a rough patch – whatever it may be – I’ll just come down and train, and so many other members are the same,” he said.“We’re really lucky in Australia to have such a rich powerlifting community. It’s really tightknit – everyone knows everyone, particularly down this way in the south-east.“People need to see that there’s really a huge support network within powerlifting – that it’s not like what some people from the outside make it out to be.”Drew explained that anyone, and everyone is welcome on the day – regardless of which gym they’re a part of.“Gyms can be quite competitive, but when we put our hands up to host this Deadlift for Depression event, everyone comes out of the woodwork in support of it,” he said.“We’re 100 per cent for the fundraising, and 100 per cent for the people. I want people to know that we’re right behind this.“And for lifters – you don’t have to lift anything more than your bodyweight. Hell, you don’t even have to lift anything more than the bar. Just rock up, and show your support.“Even if we can help one person by doing this, it’s worth it. Everyone needs a support network, and we’re more than happy to provide that.”For more information about the event, see the Facebook page at To donate, visit By sports editor Russell Bennettlast_img read more