June 2015www.stopaidsnow.org

A lot of progress has already been made on availability and quality of HIV care for pregnant women and their infants. Still one in almost three pregnant women did not take ART to prevent mother-to-child transmission in 2013. Why? Transport costs, stigma, lack of support and inadequate knowledge, among others, are barriers that hinder women from accessing services. Only if we address the many barriers to PMTCT in an integrated way, we will reach the goal of zero new HIV infections among infants.

In this edition:
  • What can you do to contribute to complete elimination of new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive?
  • “It is possible to supporting a family simply by linking them up to opportunities”, a meet and greet with Richard Ochen, manager of Health Need Uganda;
  • Resource: WHO recommendations on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health 2015;
and much more!

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Elimination of mother-to-child transmission - the necessary steps to be made

"I am too weak to walk 6 hours to the nearest clinic as I am seven months pregnant. I asked my husband for money for transport but he refused. I have no options for a health check. The rumour goes around in my village that my husband is HIV positive. I am scared for the health of my baby and myself." – Betty (20)

Globally, the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate dropped from 31% in 2005 to 13% in 2013. While this is a good development, still 240,000 children became newly infected with HIV in 2013. These new infections can be avoided! What can you do to contribute to complete elimination of new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive?

Figure shows the example of the many losses in the treatment cascade for women in Uganda.

Meet and Greet: "Supporting a family is as 'simple' as linking them to health care services"

“We have discussed, we have agreed. We built the concept, fundraised together, and designed implementation framework together. This brings ownership on our part. So we will work hard to make it work.“ Richard Ochen has been managing Health Need Uganda for the past 18 years. His organisation is one of the 5 implementing partners of the Towards an AIDS Free Generation (TAFU) program.

“In this program I see it as my role to ensure that a health care system responds to the HIV needs of (pregnant) women and children. Besides that I ensure that interventions that were planned are documented, shared and replicated. We have to develop a system that can be applied in any part of the country for policy change."  Meet Richard!

What's new

Training opportunities in Kampala and Amsterdam on quality HIV prevention programmes for young people
Recently a survey on capacity building needs was conducted among Dutch organisations supporting organisations in Africa working on HIV prevention and SRHR programmes for young people. The results of the survey reveiled among others the need for a checklist on quality standards to assess projects -available at our website-, a practical workshop in the Netherlands and training for partners in Africa. The workshop in The Netherlands is planned for September. A promotional event for the training for partners will take place on July 10 in Kampala. Registration is now open!

Fulfilling the promise - statement"We will not end AIDS without a sustained HIV response in middle-income countries" - Statement
It is estimated that in 2020 70% of people living with HIV will be living in middle income countries. Aids Fonds is concerned that withdrawal of (financial) support from middle-income countries significantly undermines the global response to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. In a statement it calls upon the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to reverse this, presented during a meeting in The Hague.

Guide for trainersMore Access and Better Quality - Regional Expert Meeting
From 12 till 14 October 2015, STOP AIDS NOW! is organizing a regional expert meeting "More Access and Better Quality" in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting aims to bring together key experts in the area of HIV prevention and SRHR education to share knowledge, evidence and best practices and ultimately contribute to improving the quality of interventions. Over the past few years, STOP AIDS NOW! invested in training trainers who support CSOs to deliver high-quality programs. These trainers will share their skills and knowledge at the expert meeting and forge new collaborations and partnerships to scale-up the training programme. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Anneke Wensing at STOP AIDS NOW! for more information.

Invitation to Share-Net meetingStep it up: Making HIV & SRHR integration a reality - Conference session
Linking and HIV and SRHR can deliver a more robust and cost effective response, and should be an integral part of the post 2015 agenda. This Share-Net International thematic meeting is a satellite session at the AIDS IMPACT conference in Amsterdam, taking place on July 30, 2015 14.30-18.00hr. STOP AIDS NOW! is co-organiser of this session.

Musah Lumumba- young leaderNothing about us without us: youth-led programming - Conference session
Young people are particularly vulnerable for HIV infections, due to social, political, cultural, biological, and economic reasons. Laws and policies exclude young people from sexual health care and HIV-related services. During an interactive session on July 30, 2015  11.30-13.30hr, at AIDS IMPACT Conference, young speakers from Asia, Africa and Europe will present best practices from interventions and research studies. Among them Musah Lumumba, a young leader in the HIV and SRHR response.

GIPA at 20: HIV advocacy and activism - Conference workshop
IN 2014 the GIPA principle turned twenty. Decreased funding for the HIV response as a whole, community based support in particular and the growing availability of ART has led to a transformation in HIV advocacy and activism across the globe. In this AIDS IMPACT Conference workshop, HIV activists and social scientists reflect on these changes. Are we witnessing the end of AIDS activism, or simply new and diverse forms of activism and advocacy?

Towards an AIDS Free Generation logoTowards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda - New programme
In Uganda 193.000 children under 14 years old are estimated to be living with HIV. 3 out of 4 children are not yet on care. 43 infants continue to be born with HIV every day. This has to change! The Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda programme aims to reduce the number of new HIV-infections among infants and to increase the number of HIV-positive children on treatment in 5 districts in Uganda.

Research & resources

WHO recommendationsWHO recommendations on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health 2015
The in 2003 by WHO published "Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health", known as the IFC Framework, has been updated. The primary audience for the revised guideline is health programme managers, including (non-)governmental organizations, and policy makers who are responsible for designing maternal, newborn and childDriving the HIV response - Community Guide health programmes, primarily in low-income settings. The guideline is also aimed at health providers and teaching institutions, development programmes and organizations supporting women’s empowerment and rights.

Driving the HIV response - Module H: HIV and Adolescents
The Community Guide to the WHO 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of ARVs for Treating and Prevention HIV Infection, has been completed now with the final module: HIV and Adolescents.

Upcoming events

Social Science and Humanities for HIV
July 6-9 / Stellenbosch, South Africa

8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention
July 19-22 / Vancouver, Canada

12th AIDSImpact International Conference
July 28-31 / Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam Gay Pride
August 2 / Amsterdam. The Netherlands

International Conference on Family Planning
November 9-12, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP)
November 20-23, Dhaka, Bangladesh

18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)

November 29 -December 4, Harare, Zimbabwe

More upcoming events


STOP AIDS NOW! is a collaborative initiative between
Aids Fonds, Cordaid, Hivos, ICCO and Oxfam Novib

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