Universal Access/Human Rights - Gender, Education - Knowledge, Norms, Behaviour
Submitted by Warren Feek on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 13:48.
Best wishes and thanks for joining this Gender, Education, and HIV/AIDS network. It is World AIDS Day (WAD) tomorrow (as I write). In the special DB Click: HIV/AIDS (copied below) focused on the WAD theme of Universal Access/Human Rights, with significant Gender and Education perspectives, we open with a quote from Michel Sidibe's UNAIDS message on this theme including:
"This is...the first time we can show that reductions in the number of new HIV infections are clearly linked to an increase in knowledge about HIV, changes in social norms and the adopting of safer behaviors. It has given us evidence that HIV prevention programmes are producing significant results." (reference is below)
This is obviously really good news. In support of continuing this momentum through everyone's extremely hard work to bring about these results could you please share through this network (your user name is above and you can request a new password if forgotten!) the following:
1. The data and/or experiences you quote to policy makers and funders demonstrating the positive impact of knowledge, social norm and behaviour focused initiatives on HIV/AIDS progress in particular related to Gender, Education and Rights.
2. Your critical analysis of the progress described in the above quote related to knowledge, social norm, behaviour and HIV/AIDS - what are we doing well and what do we need to do much better, including related to Universal Access and Human Rights of course.
Very much look forward to your sharing your experience and analysis in support of everyone's work - many thanks.
DB Click: HIV/AIDS
WORLD AIDS DAY
"This is...the first time we can show that reductions in the number of new HIV infections are clearly linked to an increase in knowledge about HIV, changes in social norms and the adopting of safer behaviors. It has given us evidence that HIV prevention programmes are producing significant results."
"We still face significant challenges ahead. Yes, the total number of new HIV infections is decreasing, but there were 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV in 2009 and there are two new HIV infections for every one person starting HIV treatment."
"...[N]othing less than a prevention revolution is needed."
- excerpts from Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, November 29
The knowledge that follows was submitted by The CI network and both reflects and helps to advance the key themes of World AIDS Day 2010 - Universal Access and Human Rights.
1. Towards Universal Access: Scaling up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector
"This report reviews the progress made in 2009 in scaling up access to selected health sector interventions for HIV prevention, treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries....
This report shows that, among 144 low- and middle-income countries reporting programme data this year, eight had already achieved universal access to antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2009, providing treatment to at least 80% of patients in need. Furthermore, 15 countries had achieved the 80% target for coverage with antiretroviral prophylaxis to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV.
Although more countries may reach universal access goals by the end of 2010 as a result of ongoing efforts, global targets for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are unlikely to be achieved. Importantly, this has implications not only for the HIV response, but also for all other MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], particularly MDGs 4 and 5, on child and maternal health. Indeed, as documented by recent research, a lower burden of HIV/AIDS has been associated with considerably greater progress towards the achievement of child mortality and tuberculosis (TB) goals than economic growth itself. In the absence of HIV, maternal mortality worldwide would have been lower by about 6% in 2008 and a recent academic study has estimated that up to 18% of pregnancy-related deaths may be due to HIV.
In spite of all the challenges and constraints, this report demonstrates that, with intensified and accelerated efforts, countries can achieve universal access..."
2. Addressing Violence against Women and HIV/AIDS: What Works?
3. Tikuferanji - Malawi
4. Study of Family Planning and HIV Integrated Services in Five Countries
5. Breaking Barriers: Improved Access to ART Centres Is Key to the Fight against HIV/AIDS: Towards a 'Second Wave' of Improved Paediatric ART Response in India
6. Making the Case for Integration: Tides Foundation's Africa Family Planning and HIV Integration Fund
7. Measuring Up: HIV-Related Advocacy Evaluation Training Pack
8. Improving Communication About Uncertainty of Clinical Trial Outcomes - South Africa
9. Wave Power: Radio and the MDGs
10. Life-Saving Learning around the Drinking Pot
POLL: HIV Media Exposure Risks
What reception or risks do HIV-positive people in your community face when their status is exposed in the media? (You may choose more than one; please add clarifying comments online)
* repercussions of physical danger.
VOTE and COMMENT at http://www.comminit.com/en/node/310787/347
A few recent comments received:
"on one hand there will be banishmnet,socialstigma, lesser interaction. on the other side stigma that the disease bring with you makes you seek help from peer suopport community. Improves your mental strengh, encourages you to take appropriate treatment, helps u to understand the disease beter to educate others."
"Many families still feel embarrassed to be associated with a family member who is HIV positive. They carry this as their own family secret and often will speak in whispers when talking about this issue. This often leads to a feeling of rejection by the affected family member. Regarding the increased personal access to treatment, even though ART is free, the affected, however has to meet high transport costs to and from ART treatment centers as there are only selected centers in some towns and treatment is not administered after a single visit,some patients visit the center more than three times before they have access to ART is some towns. In addition tests for TB, HB, etc are paid for before one starts ART. It is only when one is on ART and there is need to these tests that they are not paid for."
Got something to say about HIV/AIDS issues? Join one of the GROUPS on The CI's Development Networks...or...start your own group!
Current HIV/AIDS-focused groups:
Gender, Education, and HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Strategy: Future Directions
11. Social Discrimination against Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Implications for HIV Policy and Programs
12. Priority HIV and Sexual Health Interventions in the Health Sector for Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender People in the Asia-Pacific Region
13. Project Masiluleke - South Africa
14. Facilitator's Guide for Training on HIV and AIDS Stigma and Discrimination Reduction
15. The Shifting Global Health Landscape: Implications for HIV/AIDS and Vulnerable Populations
16. Human Rights and HIV Advocacy Tools
17. Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health & Human Rights
18. Self-Assessment Tool for Hospitals and Other Medical Institutions Caring for People Living with HIV/AIDS - India
19. It's All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education
Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices, will be hosting a live chat on Tuesday, December 2nd about the use of citizen media and blogging by individuals and organisations working with the issue of HIV/AIDS.
The context of the chat is as follows: Two years ago, a World AIDS Day chat sponsored by Rising Voices revealed a strong interest in a guide on blogging about HIV/AIDS-related topics. What resulted was an e-guide, published last year. Rising Voices is seeking feedback about ways to make "Blogging Positively" as useful as possible.
For details about how to participate, please go to: http://www.comminit.com/redirect.cgi?m=0347622a5b8d94a24a763457bfdef6ae
Please visit the HIV Theme Site - all CI information related to HIV/AIDS and development in one place - http://www.comminit.com/en/hiv-aids.html
Send us information about your HIV/AIDS communication case studies, reports, evaluations, thinking, and resources. Send to AIDS@comminit.com
Access all information on the issues you choose through a Theme Site on The CI:
Polio - http://www.comminit.com/en/polio.html
If you have colleagues who might wish to receive The Drum Beat and DB Click: HIV/AIDS please ask them to access http://www.comminit.com/en/user/register and complete the brief registration/subscriber form. Thank you.
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