In Mali, New Bio-Behavioral Survey Findings Shed Light on HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men

February 2, 2016

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Mali, are highly stigmatized. They are widely perceived to be at high risk for HIV infection despite the paucity of data that accurately estimate this risk. Without such data, public health officials are not able to adequately assess the needs of this population and to allocate the necessary resources to meet their HIV prevention, care, and treatment needs.

Addressing the needs of this population has been a priority for the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Mali.

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Leap of Faith: ZIMPHIA Partners with Religious Leaders in Zimbabwe

January 27, 2016

Before the PHIA survey teams begin to knock on household doors, they meet with community leaders to help them understand the sensitivities that surround HIV and to strengthen support for the survey. In Zimbabwe, community workers recently held a workshop with members of the Apostolic religious community to make them aware of the PHIA project’s potential to improve national health. The bishops acknowledged HIV as a major health concern and committed their support for the PHIA survey.

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Priority Populations Beneficiaries of Multiyear Effort to Expand Services

January 22, 2016

Five years ago, when ICAP first began partnering with the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), only a third of the health zones were providing antiretroviral therapy and only 12 percent of the adults and children in need treatment were receiving it. Access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services was even more limited, with only 11 percent of pregnant women tested for HIV, and just six percent of infants born to known HIV-positive mothers receiving treatment. But by 2015, through a comprehensive, multi-level initiative, HIV services in DRC expanded significantly, and the number of people receiving HIV treatment had increased three-fold.

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There’s an App for That: Using Tablets for PHIA Data Collection

December 17, 2015

After weeks of training and preparation, PHIA survey teams are on the ground in Zimbabwe and Malawi, equipped with tablet computers and wearing brightly colored t-shirts emblazoned with survey logos. Over the next six months, they will interview adults and children from approximately 15,000 randomly selected households in each country using pre-programmed tablets and portable blood testing equipment.

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World AIDS Day 2015: A Day for Celebration and Reflection

November 30, 2015

This World AIDS Day there is much to celebrate. Over 15 million people in low- and middle-income countries now have access to life-saving treatment, while the number of new HIV infections in the past year has decreased by one-third. New research results from the START Study have confirmed the value of treatment for all HIV-infected patients and of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for prevention of HIV acquisition. The findings from this research culminated with the release of new World Health Organization guidelines that recommend antiretroviral treatment be offered to all persons living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count, and the consideration of PrEP for populations at substantial risk for HIV acquisition.

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South Sudan’s First Children’s Hospital Begins Providing HIV Treatment

November 20, 2015

In South Sudan, there are over 18,000 children under the age of 15 living with HIV. Lack of pediatric- and adolescent-focused HIV counseling and testing, limited tracking of HIV-positive pregnant women, and lack of early infant diagnosis are bottlenecks for pediatric case finding and treatment uptake. As a result, only two percent of eligible HIV-positive children are enrolled in antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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