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Endline Report Quality HIV and RMNH services Malawi available

July 18, 2017

From 2014 to 2016 Aidsfonds, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation and local organizations in Lilongwe, Malawi, designed and implemented the ‘Quality HIV and Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health (RMNH) services for women in Malawi through Good Clinical Governance and Community-Driven Accountability’ Project. The Project aimed to improve the quality of RMNH and HIV services offered to women living with HIV in Malawi. The end line report provides a summary of the project and its impact as evaluated by a longitudinal study conducted by Invest in Knowledge (IKI).

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Second PhD in the MaxART programme

June 28, 2017

On June 27, 2017 at the University of Amsterdam Thandeka Dlamini – Simelane of Swaziland has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “De-Globalizing Global Public Health - Travelling HIV Treatment Policies and their Imprints on Local Healthcare Settings in Swaziland”. Thandeka is the second of three researchers who are affiliated to the MaxART programme.

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Aidsfonds call for proposals: Challenging intellectual property barriers that prevent access to treatment for people living with HIV

June 26, 2017

Aidsfonds is pleased to announce its 2017 Call for Proposals: Challenging intellectual property barriers that prevent access to treatment for people living with HIV in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Ukraine. With this call, Aidsfonds aims to support civil society organisations with a track record in treatment advocacy addressing intellectual property barriers and holding their governments accountable for access to essential medicines, lowering costs of pharmaceuticals and thereby contributing to financial and programmatic sustainability of the HIV response.

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“The battle to end HIV and AIDS in children is still on-going"

June 14, 2017

The Coalition for Children affected by AIDS is a unique group of donors, UN agencies, NGOs and experts who work together to enable children infected with, at risk for, or affected by HIV to survive and thrive. We spoke to Corinna Csaky who is manager of the Coalition since September 2016. Corinna has worked to improve the lives of children around the world for over 20 years. “The battle to end HIV and AIDS in children is still on-going and the effect on them is far from over. “

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"Go and gather, gather big dreams”

June 14, 2017

As HIV peer supporter, Grace Ngulube helps other young people to live positively. She shares how she managed to overcome her own tough experiences at a very young age and encourages them to adhere to treatment. “I would like to raise a healthy generation, especially the young people, to go and gather big dreams”. Meet this inspiring 21 years old from Malawi!

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Positive Action Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager Recruitment

June 13, 2017

ViiV Healthcare is recruiting for a Positive Action Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager with a closing date of 30th June 2017. Please find below the link to the role description for your easy reference. This is a critical role for the Positive Action for Children Fund to consolidate the collective learning from the PACF and to help support our partners to monitor their programmes better. The role is London based.

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Regional meeting for YPLHIV networks in Cape Town

April 20, 2017

From 24-27 April 2017, Y+, Aidsfonds, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and PATA will organize a regional meeting for YPLHIV networks. This three-day meeting will take place in Cape Town.

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MaxART informs "Test & Start" approach

March 2, 2017

Swaziland took an amazing step forward towards the goal of ending AIDS countrywide. In 2016, the Ministry of Health officially introduced ‘Test & Start’ as an approach for HIV testing and treatment. MaxART and Médecins Sans Frontières have been implementing pilot studies on early access to HIV treatment in two districts of Swaziland since 2014 and the promising lessons learnt have contributed to Test & Start being adopted even before the studies have been completed.

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“Once an ambassador always an ambassador”

March 2, 2017

Henry and Tryphena were crowned Mr and Miss Y+ last year. This Y+ beauty pageant in Uganda however is not just another contest. It’s all about being the voice of and an inspiration for other young people living with HIV. In this double interview they talk about what Y+ ambassadorship has brought both them and their peers so far, and about their dreams for the future.

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"I took the medicines that same day"

March 1, 2017

Lungile, nearly 21 years old, lives in the Hhohho region in Swaziland. She dropped out of school in the seventh grade. When she was 19, her boyfriend told her he was HIV-positive. But she didn’t believe him because he looked so healthy.

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What's in it for me?

March 1, 2017

Swaziland’s ambition is to increase access to HIV services. Communicating the benefits of these services is essential. What’s in it for me? Will it be a waste of my time? Is the treatment good for me? The Test & Start communications strategy will inform the government’s approach on the national roll-out.

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Link Up research published in Journal of Adolescent Health

January 24, 2017

A supplement on the Link Up project is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health today, exploring sexual and reproductive health and rights services for young people most affected by HIV.

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First PhD in the MaxART programme

January 18, 2017

On January 18, 2016 at the University of Amsterdam Fortunate Sindisiwe Shabalala of Swaziland has succesfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Longing for Belonging: Adolescents' experiences of living with HIV in different types of families in Swaziland'. Her research has been conducted in the MaxART programme.

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Increased income and fewer health risks – Sparked Women!

December 14, 2016

AIDS is still the leading cause of death for young women. Every year, 390,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV - more than 1,000 every day. Sparked Women, a new project of Aidsfonds, kicked off in Kampala recently and aims to reduce new HIV infections in women aged 15-24 in Uganda by tackling the high unemployment rates among them. Successful micro-entrepreneurs will benefit from sustainable livelihoods and income, savings and self-confidence, enabling them to make safer sexual health choices and access health services when needed.

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“I feel there are more young people out there who need someone to stand for them”

December 13, 2016

Building on her own experiences in childhood, Azizuyo Brenda Facy is determined to create change in young people’s lives in particular those vulnerable to or living with HIV. Brenda holds a diploma in Law and after a volunteer position she was recently appointed as project assistant at the International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa. This organisation is implementing partner in the Sparked Women project. Meet this sparkling 23 years old from Uganda!

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How to increase the quality of SRHR education programmes for youth? Planning & Support tool launched

October 18, 2016

Rutgers and STOP AIDS NOW! are launching the second edition of the Evidence and Rights-based Planning and Support Tool for Empowering Approaches to SRHR Education and Interventions with Young People.

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Vacancy at STOP AIDS NOW!

October 6, 2016

STOP AIDS NOW! is looking for an M&E officer in our office in the Netherlands (vacancy in Dutch)

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Invitation Share-Net Youth Week - Working with and for people

September 20, 2016

It's with pleasure that we invite you to take part in the Youth Week organized by Share-Net and its members which takes place from 26th – 30th of September at Humanity House, The Hague and De Balie, Amsterdam.

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Vacancy announcement: NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

September 15, 2016

The NGO Delegation is now recruiting for: one Africa Delegate, one Latin America and the Caribbean Delegate and one North American Delegate.

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Access for all: contextualising HIV treatment as prevention in Swaziland

August 18, 2016

Access for all: contextualising HIV treatment as prevention in Swaziland, an Article by PhD researcher and MaxART’s social science coordinator Eva Vernooij and colleagues, launched at AIDS 2016 in Durban in a special edition of AIDS Care.

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Share-Net Youth Week - Save the Date

August 15, 2016

Share-Net and its members are pleased to invite you to the Share-Net Youth Week which will take place from 26 -30 September 2016.

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Stories of change from Malawi

August 4, 2016

Six stories about the results of the Healthy Young People project in Malawi, told by teachers and health care workers who were part in the project, are captured in a comic strip.

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STOP AIDS NOW! at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa

July 17, 2016

STOP AIDS NOW! is active at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, 18-22 July 2016.

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MaxART presented at AIDS 2016

July 7, 2016

We are proud that MaxART is among the four Test and Treat studies that will be presented in a satellite session at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban.

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MaxART newsletter: Access Equity Rights Now

July 6, 2016

Lack of privacy and long queues at facilities hinder people's access to HIV treatment and their ability to fulfill their rights. These are some of the challenges faced in the second phase of the MaxART programme, the early Access to ART for All implementation study (2014-2017). The programme, which aims to achieve zero new HIV transmissions in Swaziland, is committed to respecting the rights of all people involved. To this end, the Community Advisory Board was established. A number of lessons learned have emerged from the Board members' visits to health facilities and communities. Concerns are addressed as quickly as possible.

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HIV care is brought to isolated community

July 6, 2016

Looking at the almost desolate village, once a vibrant community during the height of the asbestos mine’s operations in Bulembu, one cannot help but wonder how the remaining people survive. Initially, accessing HIV care was quite challenging, but fortunately local services are currently offered.

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"We cannot stand the humiliation"

July 6, 2016

‘This is our business and we do not intend to stop. But the way we are treated, we will die from all kinds of sicknesses, because we cannot stand the humiliation,’ said a sex worker in one of the Early Access to ART for All communities in Swaziland. Sex workers miss out on health services or access them too late because of healthcare workers’ attitudes.

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"A sad privilege to speak at the UN meeting on ending AIDS"

June 8, 2016

My name is John Mathenge. I am a proud Kenyan. The truth about me is I am a male sex worker, and have been living with HIV for almost 20 years now. I’m executive director of HOYMAS, an organization that supports men who have sex with men and male sex workers living with HIV, I also serve as the Vice President of the Global Network of Sex workers (NSWP).

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STOP AIDS NOW! annual report 2015 online

June 2, 2016

STOP AIDS NOW! is pleased to announce the publication of our annual report 2015.

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Addressing the social and structural drivers of HIV

May 30, 2016

Increasing the use of social protection services towards ending the AIDS epidemic was the topic of discussion at an event held on 24 May on the margins of the 69th session of the World Health Assembly, held in Geneva, Switzerland. Martine Weve, Senior Policy Advisor on Livelihoods and HIV at STOP AIDS NOW! was among the panelists at this event.

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PANEL Discussion 25th of May: Social protection for all: Ending Aids by 2030

May 23, 2016

Join us for a discussion on the importance of social protection services in HIV prevention, treatment and care based on UNAIDS’ latest publication, Social Protection: Advancing the Response to HIV.

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STOP AIDS NOW! at Women Deliver

May 13, 2016

The Women Deliver conference is the world’s largest conference on health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. STOP AIDS NOW! will be at the conference, that will take place 17-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Stop AIDS Alliance releases position paper for fully-funded global AIDS response as outcome of 2016 High Level Meeting on AIDS

May 4, 2016

Stop AIDS Alliance has prepared an advocacy briefing paper to inform partners about the crucial opportunity of the 2016 High Level Meeting on AIDS to mobilize the political and financial resources needed to bring an end to AIDS by 2030. At the same time the briefing paper is a tool for engaging in global, regional and country-level negotiations to influence the High Level Meeting outcomes.

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Ensuring quality care at home for children affected by HIV

May 2, 2016

A strong, supported workforce in healthcare facilities is essential for providing effective services to children living with HIV. However, the needs of family carers, home-based carers and community carers are often overlooked, while their role is vital in keeping children alive and happy, and preventing losses across the paediatric HIV care. How to best support caregivers?

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Champions for Children: Maggie and Lumbani stand up for the sexual health and rights of young people in Malawi

May 2, 2016

Unprotected sex continues to be the main driver of HIV infection among adolescents in Malawi. For young people to make informed choices regarding their sexual health, the 2-year Healthy Young People project focused on integration of comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly services. Maggie Kuchonde and Lumbani Mahemane both stand up for sexual health and rights of young people in Malawi and are truly champions for children!

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The road to Durban and beyond - an agenda-setting report

April 14, 2016

In advance of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the International AIDS Society has released The Road to Durban and Beyond, an agenda-setting report on why this moment in the AIDS response is so crucial.

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An effective project is based on scientific research

April 13, 2016

A good project is based on scientific research. This is why nearly all our projects have a research component, in which we collaborate with local and international universities. Research alongside our programmes on process, realities and need as well as effects, allows us to strengthen and redirect our intervention based on accurate data and information. Involvement of people living with HIV in our work and research is key. The participation and leadership of people living with HIV in shaping the way we think about HIV and in guiding the work we do increases the quality of our work and contributes to the goals we are trying to achieve.

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Easy to read factsheets provide summaries of 7 studies in STOP AIDS NOW! programmes

April 12, 2016

We proudly presents the results of 7 studies that were conducted as part of larger programmes with STOP AIDS NOW! partners in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia. Easy to read and short factsheets provide a summary of the research and the main outcomes.

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Meet & Greet: Grace Muthoni - organisational development officer MAXFACTA Youth Group Kenya

April 12, 2016

Grace Muthoni is organisational development officer at the Kenyan MAXFACTA Youth Group. MAXFACTA conducted a research with regard to service uptake among young people living with HIV. Grace tells us all about surprising findings from the study and how recommendations already provided a basis in design of upcoming programmes. Meet Grace!

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Meet & Greet: Steven Iphani, Programs Manager of COWLHA in Malawi

April 6, 2016

Steven Iphani is Programs Manager of Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) in Malawi. COWLHA is one of the implementing partners in the project “Quality improvement of HIV and RMNH services”. A baseline study conducted aims to assess knowledge about and perception of quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) services by women living with HIV and service providers in Malawi. We asked Steven about the most surprising findings and what’s been done with the recommendations from the study. Meet Steven!

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US Event Communities Deliver - The Critical Role of Communities in ending AIDS

February 29, 2016

On February 24th, STOP AIDS NOW! / Aids Fonds, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and UNAIDS organized a high level panel discussion in Washington DC to profile the critical importance of the community-led response in ending AIDS.

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Is Ethiopia on Fast-Track to reach UNAIDS target #10?

February 14, 2016

Insights on the availability and accessibility of social protection programs for PLHIV and key groups in Ethiopia: study report and factsheet released.

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Call for abstracts symposium Children and HIV: Equity Now!

January 11, 2016

The two day conference will be held in Durban, South Africa on July 15-16, preceding the International AIDS Conference. Deadline for abstracts is January 29.

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Engaging communities is key

December 24, 2015

Engaging communities is key to reach the goal of zero new HIV transmissions. This is why community mobilisation is an important component of the second phase of the MaxART programme (2014-2017) in Swaziland: the early Access to ART for All (EAAA) implementation study.

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Dialogue in Maphalaleni Chiefdom

December 24, 2015

After the nearby health facility transitioned to the Early Access to ART for All intervention, a community dialogue was conducted in Maphalaleni Chiefdom on Thursday 22 October 2015. The chair of the meeting, community leader Mr Maphevu Dlamini, pointed out that the intervention is now commonly referred to as ‘shesha’, which means early or fast.

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‘Face HIV Head-On’

December 24, 2015

Community-based volunteers are very instrumental in mobilising their communities to participate in community dialogues during the launch of Early Access to ART for All. One of the volunteers who played a pivotal role in preparing and conducting a community dialogue is Ms Thembelihle Emmett. ‘As women, we are mothers.’

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Training on Human Rights

December 23, 2015

The members of MaxART’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) facilitate exchange of information between the communities and the programme team. Thirteen core members attended two training programmes.

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E-zine Young and in control

December 22, 2015

In 'Young and in Control' 7 young people from different countries in Africa and Asia show the importance of the active participation of themselves and their peers in the Access Service and Knowledge programme.

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Video - UNICEF captures accomplishments in PMTCT since 2000

December 15, 2015

At World AIDS Day, UNICEF has published their annual Statistical Update on the situation of children, adolescents and AIDS.

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Young people leading change: how the SDG targets to end the AIDS epidemic and ensuring universal access to SRH services will be met

November 10, 2015

In September, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally adopted. Goal 3 focuses on ‘maximizing healthy lives and achieving wellbeing for all’. HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) will be addressed as targets under this goal.

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More Access, Better Quality expert meeting on youth progammes big succes! E-report launched

October 30, 2015

"Such a vibrant and energetic group of people!" says Miriam Groenhof of STOP AIDS NOW!, one of the organizers of the Regional Linking and Learning Expert Meeting “More Access, Better Quality” – SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for adolescents and young people.

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Young women can make a difference

October 1, 2015

Every minute HIV is transmitted to one young woman. In sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of young women aged 15-24 living with HIV is twice that of young men. On September 25, 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. World leaders have committed themselves to achieving a better and more equitable world for all. STOP AIDS NOW! continues to focus on ensuring equality and defending the rights of young women in particular.

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Meet and Greet: “All this did not change what he felt for me”

September 29, 2015

Barbara Kemigisa is a strong and cheerful 29 years-old Ugandan, soon to be married. She is at the forefront to fight HIV related stigma and to support young people living with HIV. However life has not always been prosperous to her. Being a young woman more vulnerable to HIV than boys her age, she has faced many challenges. Meet Barbara!

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Workshop on maximizing the effectiveness of SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth - report

September 26, 2015

On 15 September STOP AIDS NOW! organised a workshop for people working in the Netherlands on quality criteria for SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth.

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“We need to let them speak for themselves, not adults speaking for them”

September 24, 2015

Jacqueline from Uganda, Nontlantla from South Africa and Annah from Zimbabwe. Three women, three professionals, three activists, fighting for the rights, health and wellbeing of young women. We asked them how come that young women their countries are particular vulnerable for HIV. And what needs to happen in order to bring the most significant change in the support of young women.

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Defeating AIDS but missing children

September 22, 2015

The Coalition of Children Affected By AIDS noted a gaping omission in the recent document Defeating AIDS—advancing global health by the UNAIDS Lancet Commission: within the 48 page document the word child or children appears 44 times. In an article published on thelancet.com they urge policy makers to include structural interventions that take into account children.

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Invitation LINK UP - ACT! 2015 side event @ UNGA: Young People leading change!

September 17, 2015

The event on September 24, 2015 in New York is about the crucial role of young people in leading change and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals targets on ending AIDS ...

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Job vacancy: Communications Associate MaxART programme Swaziland

September 10, 2015

The Maximizing ART for Better Health and Zero New Infections (MaxART) Programme in Swaziland is recruiting a highly motivated professional to fill the Communications Associate position.

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New joint report by UNAIDS and Stop AIDS Alliance documents critical role of communities in AIDS response

August 13, 2015

Today, Stop AIDS Alliance in collaboration with UNAIDS has published the report "Community Deliver – The critical role of communities in reaching global targets to end the AIDS epidemic".

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Progress for children beyond averages: learning from the mdgs

July 14, 2015

UNICEF has launched the 11th edition of its flagship Progress for Children report. The report uses the latest available data to show not only where global and regional gains have been exceptional and gaps have narrowed, but also where disparities have remained unchanged or widened since 1990.

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Beyond 2015: Financing Equitable Access to Health

July 2, 2015

The last fifteen years of the MDGs have led to unprecedented gains in global health and economic development, but the impact is not equitably felt across populations. A panel discussion on the occasion of the 3rd International Conference on Financing and Development will discuss future health financing model and achieving equitable access to healthcare in the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Meet & Greet: "It is possible to support a family simply by linking them up to opportunities"

June 30, 2015

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!

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Training opportunities in Kampala and Amsterdam on quality HIV prevention programmes for young people

June 30, 2015

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, a practical workshop in the Netherlands and training for partners in Africa.

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

June 29, 2015

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?

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Step it up: Making HIV & SRHR integration a reality

June 28, 2015

Invitation to a Share-Net International thematic meeting at the AIDS IMPACT conference in Amsterdam on July 30, 2015.

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Nothing about us without us: youth-led programming

June 28, 2015

An interactive session on youth led programming during AIDS IMPACT Conference in Amsterdam, July 30, 2015

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Fulfilling the promise to end AIDS

April 10, 2015

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 funds 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.

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Joint NGO Statement calls for continued Dutch Leadership in AIDS Response

April 8, 2015

Today, at a high level meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands, the Dutch government will be called on to demonstrate leadership to end the AIDS epidemic.

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WHO seeking input into development of 2016-2021 Global Health Sector Strategies HIV/AIDS viral hepatitus and STIs

April 3, 2015

As the world looks to 2030, and prepares to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Health Organization is developing three global health sector strategies to cover HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and STIs.

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Global Fund Advocates Network Speakers Bureau now accepting nominations and applications

March 31, 2015

Speakers will champion the Global Fund by supporting advocates efforts to mobilize resources for the Global Fund

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Community Consultation on Gender and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

March 31, 2015

This online consultation provides the opportunity for women living with HIV, or affected by TB or Malaria, women in key populations, and organizations working to promote women’s health and rights, and partners to provide direct input into the process to develop the Global Fund’s strategic plan for the period 2017-2019.

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"We support young people to make healthy choices"

March 16, 2015

’My goal is to prevent youth to drop out of school, as this makes them vulnerable to STIs, including HIV, and other diseases, violence, unemployment, stigma, and so on.’ Damaris Oyando is a programme officer at Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK). Within the Access, Service and Knowledge (ASK) programme, she coordinates seven health centres that offer integrated youth-friendly services. Focusing on the realities on the ground, the programme tackles the barriers that young people experience. Meet Damaris!

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Once I am inside and see one of my mother’s friends, what do I do?

March 16, 2015

Barriers that young people face include youth-unfriendly HIV services and poverty. Young people, and young women in particular, are disproportionally affected by HIV. Worldwide, four million young people aged 15-24 are living with HIV, nearly 75 percent of them living in sub-Saharan Africa. The interventions of STOP AIDS NOW! are based on the realities on the ground. We address the gaps in national HIV and SRHR responses, in collaboration with different stakeholders across different disciplines.

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Young people participated in Symposium on Adolescent SRHR and HIV

March 16, 2015

Young people are not meaningfully involved in SRHR and HIV plans and services. This was the overall conclusion during the second Africa Symposium on Adolescent SRHR and HIV that took place in Zambia, in December 2014. STOP AIDS NOW! supported a diverse team of participating young people from various programmes. All agreed that adolescents (10-19) are poorly represented in national plans, and lack of access to youth-friendly services is still a significant barrier. The delegates from around the world concluded that we need to accelerate our actions, make smarter investments, promote better targeting and integration, and invest in strategic information and disaggregation of data.

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WEBINAR World Social Work Day - Celebrating Success in Social Service Workforce Strengthening

March 2, 2015

In honor of World Social Work Day, PEPFAR and UNAIDS invite you to join a webinar hosted by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance celebrating the achievements of colleagues in three countries: Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

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Access to services for YPLHIV embedded in Kenia's revised Education Sector Policy

February 18, 2015

Access to services for young people living with HIV is one of the pillars in the revised Education Sector Policy on HIV and AIDS in Kenia.

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Meet champions for children: Noxolo Myeketsi

February 12, 2015

With the help of social cash transfers 19 years old Noxolo Myeketsi from South Africa is currently studying for Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics. She explains the importance of social cash transfers for youth by sharing her life story. Noxolo is member of the Teen Advisory Group of the Young Carers research project, which is investigating the experiences of children and young people living in HIV/AIDS affected communities in South Africa. Meet Noxolo!

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Social protection contributes to HIV prevention

February 12, 2015

Poverty alone is not necessarily a driver of HIV risk. It interacts with other structural factors - including mobility, social and economic inequalities, and a lack of education and social capital - that increase HIV vulnerability, especially among groups such as young women. In turn, HIV can push people into poverty, placing adolescent girls and women in risky situations and compounding overall vulnerability. Social protection, especially cash transfers, can play a powerful role in addressing these structural drivers of HIV infection risk. UNICEF and EPRI have written a policy brief, that explains the recent evidence and gives policy recommendations. The summary of the brief can hopefully help you to further understand the importance of social protection in preventing HIV.

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Orphanage vs Community Based Childcare: The Experience of JeCCDO, Ethiopia

February 10, 2015

In August, a study comparing children’s experiences growing up in orphanages versus foster care was discussed on NPR, Study: Kids in Orphanages Can Do as Well as Those in Foster Care. We asked Mulugeta Gebru for his thoughts on the study. Mulugeta is the Executive Director of Firelight partner, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He’s also a Firelight Advisory Council member.

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Vacancy: policy officer Sexuality Education, Gender and SRH team at UNESCO

January 26, 2015

UNESCO is seeking applications for an experienced professional to join the Sexuality Education, Gender and SRH team within the section for Health and Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France.

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New policy brief on HIV-sensitive social protection released

January 21, 2015

Social protection programmes contribute to HIV prevention. Developed by UNICEF and the Economic Policy Research Institute, this brief describes the pathways through which social protection – especially cash transfers – contributes to HIV prevention, particularly in addressing the social, economic and structural drivers of HIV in adolescents.

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Vacancy: Business Developer at STOP AIDS NOW!

January 14, 2015

Are you or do you know the business developer we are looking for?

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STOP AIDS NOW! reaction on the Council Conclusions on a transformative post-2015 agenda

December 18, 2014

On 16 December 2014, the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) adopted its Conclusions on a ‘transformative post-2015 agenda’.

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Vacancy: Researcher for the new Towards an AIDS Free generation Uganda program

December 16, 2014

For the research component of the new program Towards an AIDS Free generation Uganda (TAFU), STOP AIDS NOW! is looking for a researcher/consultant in Uganda. The researcher will do the baseline study (February 2014) and the end-line study (April 2017) in close cooperation with the TAFU implementing partners and supervised by STOP AIDS NOW!

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International AIDS conference comes to Amsterdam in 2018

December 15, 2014

In 2018, the Netherlands will organise the biennial international AIDS conference, AIDS2018. Being invited to host this major conference is a sign of recognition for the role played by the Netherlands in the international fight against AIDS. The conference will take place in Amsterdam RAI in July 2018 and is expected to attract approximately 20,000 visitors.

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Vacancy: Part-time National Coordinator Towards an AIDS free generation Uganda - Pediatric HIV

December 15, 2014

For the implementation of the Towards an AIDS Free generation Uganda (TAFU) program, STOP AIDS NOW! together with the ICCO Cooperation are looking for a part time National Coordinator (0,5 FTE) in Kampala. The coordinator will be responsible to coordinate and manage the TAFU program in the five districts in Uganda and to align activities with the Ministry of Health and its (inter)national partners. The National Coordinator will be in charge of coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluating the operations of the implementing partners, to facilitate learning among partners and to be the link with STOP AIDS NOW! in the Netherlands.

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Help us getting a better understanding of the use of quality standards in SRHR and HIV youth programmes - a survey

December 9, 2014

Are you a Dutch organisation working on SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth? We need your help in getting a better understanding of the use of quality standards in such programmes to make them more effective. We would like to ask your cooperation in a survey jointly conducted by STOP AIDS NOW!, Rutgers WPF and Share-Net Netherlands.

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Realize the vision of a future free of aids and tuberculosis

December 4, 2014

The United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda. This agenda will be launched at a Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Nominations now open for 2015 David Kato Vision & Voice Award

November 20, 2014

Who inspires you? The secretariat of the David Kato Vision & Voice Award (DKVVA) is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2015 award is now open!

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New: the Guidance Note on HIV and Social Protection

November 20, 2014

UNAIDS publishes a new guidance note on HIV and social protection

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What have MEN got to do with it?

November 10, 2014

Girls are so foolish and silly, that they have to be beaten so they can get some good ideas in their brains. That’s what an 8 year old boy from India learned from his father and older brothers. He added that he was confused because his mother and sisters had told him: ‘All men beat their wives, one day you will do the same, and it’s what men do to be manly’.

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Meet & Greet: Alfred Adams, researcher MaxART

November 9, 2014

“I want to be a voice for men”. Alfred Adams (28) is a medical anthropologist from Swaziland. In the context of the MaxART programme he has conducted qualitative research on the low utilization of services by men in Swaziland. On a rainy day in Amsterdam, we talk about male involvement and his research findings. “When it comes to HIV, statistics show that men hardly test compared to women. So that is a big problem. If we want to reduce the number of new HIV infections, we need to make sure that we reach out to the men.”

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Why the involvement of men in HIV programs is limited

November 9, 2014

Involvement of men in HIV programs is an ongoing challenge, but one that is poorly recognized. Improved engagement of men is needed to ensure that HIV programs respond better to gender vulnerabilities. Poor involvement of men means that even targeted interventions for women and children have reduced impact.

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Call for applications: Y+, the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV, Steering Committee

November 3, 2014

Do you work with young people living with HIV? Y+ seeks young people living with HIV who are passionate about making a difference in their community, country, region and globally to apply to be part of the inaugural Y+ Steering Committee.

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Call for nominations Global Fund Community Delegation

October 5, 2014

The Communities Delegation of the The Global Fund is looking for suitable candidates to join the current Communities Delegation for a three- year term. The delegation aims to ensure that the issues and voices heard at the Global Fund Board level are legitimate and continue to represent issues faced by communities living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria.

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What kind of (watch) dogs are CSOs supposed to be?

September 28, 2014

In a week where New York has been bombarded with thousands of civil society representatives eager to participate in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, where severe security checks and NYPD officers are everywhere, and civil society organisations (CSOs) have to wait for hours to receive their UN grounds passes, ironically, Action for Global Health organized an event on the meaningful participation of civil society in health policy dialogues. Although the added value of ensuring the meaningful engagement of CSOs has been shown time and again, they are still not seen as an equal partner around the table. Not even in this city of power: the Big Apple.

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Advancing the global development agenda post-2015: leave no one behind

September 3, 2014

In 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The deadline of the MDGs will prompt a final push to achieve the health targets that have helped guide the global community since 2000: to reduce maternal and child mortality, provide contraception and curb the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics. Thanks to millions of people taking action and a massive global effort, we have already made real progress, but it is uneven as the most marginalised and excluded people are still left behind. For example, as maternal deaths have dropped in developing countries, deaths are more concentrated in poor regions; the HIV epidemic still takes its toll in marginalized populations like sex workers and people who use drugs.

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Starting Early, Starting Now

August 12, 2014

Starting early with the right interventions at the right time lays the foundation for children to thrive, and saves money in the long run. In this way, the effects of HIV are mitigated early. The 5th symposium on children and HIV Start Early Start Now was one of several key pre-conferences to act as a curtain raiser to the 20th International AIDS Conference. The symposium pled to invest in the early years of children born into HIV-affected families.

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Advocating for implementation of the guidelines for alternative care

August 11, 2014

“Our dream is that every child is in a secure and loving family. Either with their biological family or with a foster family in-country. The family is where children bond and makes them grow up into responsible and loving adults, who in turn, will care for their own children.” Elize Coetzee and Steven Wetton both work for the organisation Give a Child a Family. They promote implementation of the UN Guidelines for alternative care of children by governments, NGOs and institutions.

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Meet champions for children: Ahmed Wassie, program director of Hiwot Ethiopia

August 11, 2014

Hiwot Ethiopia adheres a unique approach to child development. It focuses on empowerment of the children. Besides, Hiwot discovered early on that underlying gender issues are essential to solve development issues. Consequently, it adopted “engaging men and boys” as its main method to fight issues such as sexual abuse and exploitation on children, to increase family planning service intake by involving men and paternal involvement. By working for Hiwot Ahmed Wassie dedicates himself to improve the wellbeing of children: “We want to enable children to be in charge of their own life.”

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Community Guide to WHO ARV Guidelines launched: WHO commits to further resources for communities

July 23, 2014

On 22 July 2014, at the International AIDS Conference, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! launched a new Community Guide, Driving the HIV response, developed in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for treating and preventing HIV.

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UNAIDS report shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus

July 18, 2014

In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment - ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap.

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Loss of our beloved colleagues

July 17, 2014

On behalf of their families we have to share with you that we lost two of our beloved colleagues on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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MaxART: Preparing the Ground for Early Access to ART for All

July 15, 2014

Swaziland, with the highest HIV prevalence in the world, has successfully scaled up HIV testing and treatment. In the past few years, the country achieved near-nationwide access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Among many interventions leading to this success is Maximizing ART for Better Health and Zero New HIV Infections (MaxART). The achievements of the first phase (2011-2014) lay the ground for MaxART’s second phase (2014-2017). In the coming years, the focus will be on implementing the demonstration project Early Access to ART for All, to put into practice the exiting evidence that early ART has not only individual health benefits, but also contributes to the prevention of HIV transmission.

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MaxART: Early Access to ART for All in Practice

July 15, 2014

In the second phase of the programme (2014-2017), MaxART will be embarking on the demonstration project Early Access to ART for All. The aim is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, clinical outcomes, affordability, and scalability of offering ART to all HIV-positive individuals in Swaziland’s government-managed health system.

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MaxART Core Message: Early Treatment for Better Health

July 15, 2014

A robust communications strategy is essential for the effective implementation of the MaxART demonstration project Early Access to ART for All. Emma Mafara, MaxART Communications Associate, was involved in the development and will be involved in the implementation 
of the strategy in preparation for the project’s rollout. A short interview with Emma.

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Now more than ever! A need to reach the youngest children affected by HIV and AIDS

July 8, 2014

There is an urgent need to ensure that children affected by HIV and AIDS receive early integrated services to improve their long-term development. The Coalition of Children Affected by AIDS has developed priority actions for early integrated interventions to protect children in their early years.

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New resource! The ASK Programme's Essential Package Manual

July 7, 2014

The Youth Empowerment Alliance has released the Essential Package Manual in the context of the Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) Programme: What young people want, what young people need. The manual is meant for partners in the ASK programme.

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Urgent need for sensitive social protection schemes for people living with HIV

July 7, 2014

People living with HIV who have access to social protection programmes enjoy a range of benefits, such as being more likely to retain their jobs and keep their children in school, but too many of the most vulnerable are out of reach of these programmes, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Health in the post-2015 Development Framework: How to meet the needs of the most marginalized and excluded

June 27, 2014

STOP AIDS NOW! and its partners have been actively engaged in the global, regional and country-level discussions on the new post-2015 Development Framework, which will replace the current Millennium Development Goals. This new Framework will likely have only one goal on health, instead of separate goals on child mortality, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (MDG 4, 5 and 6).

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Journal of AIDS special supplement on ending HIV and AIDS in adolescents

June 23, 2014

The Supplement highlights the complexity of the adolescent HIV epidemic and illustrates opportunities to improve the response through effective scale up of interventions that address biological, economic, social and cultural determinants of HIV risk and vulnerability in adolescents.

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The invisible generation – why are the deaths of adolescents living with HIV being forgotten?

May 28, 2014

New coalition calls for urgent response to expand treatment and care for adolescents living with HIV

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WHO launches report Health for the worlds adolescents

May 26, 2014

WHO recently launched "Health for the world's adolescents", a report promoting greater attention to adolescent health. It is a dynamic, multimedia, online report which describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults.

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The story of Nqobile

May 22, 2014

"I tried to avoid boys but it just happened. He is the one who ‘broke’ me and took my virginity. I know that I am not the only one for him. I want to use condoms but he said that he paid for my virginity, so we don’t use them. I find it very difficult to talk with him about condoms. And too embarrassing to get them in a clinic. In the future I think it will depend on the guy whether we use condoms."

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Training for partners of the Youth Empowerment Alliance of ASK programme

May 22, 2014

Last month 25 staff members of 8 different organisations attended a training focussing on quality of SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. The organisations are part of the Access to Services and Knowledge programme (ASK). “I realized how important it is to do a stakeholder analysis”.

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Connecting 4 life

May 21, 2014

People are increasingly receiving information on all sorts of issues online, and especially the youth. This provides major opportunities for the HIV response, especially when it comes to education and prevention. The connecting 4 Life program in Senegal is a scale-up of a successful pilot project that took these opportunities.

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Training programme on gender, masculinity, women’s rights and HIV in Cameroon

May 21, 2014

The Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS in Cameroon will be leading a training programme this year on gender, masculinity, women’s rights and HIV. This project is a pilot part of a broader strategy to broaden collaboration with organisations in francophone Africa on integrating gender transformative approaches in their HIV work.

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Meet and greet: Merian supports organisations to increase quality in SRHR and HIV programmes

May 21, 2014

Since 2013 Merian Musinguzi is a trainer and supports organisations in the field to increase the quality and effectiveness of their SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. She works as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for Uganda Network of AIDS Services Organisations (UNASO). Meet Merian!

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Meet and greet: Juliet makes a difference to the lives of young people

May 21, 2014

Juliet Alupo from Uganda participated in a training to increase the quality and effectiveness of her organisation’s SRHR and HIV prevention programme for youth. “In future I hope to see young people living positive lives, remaining faithful to their decisions”. Meet Juliet!

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Young people’s perception of sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya

May 21, 2014

How can we improve the quality and uptake of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for youth in Kenya? With this question in mind, a research has been conducted among youth in Kenya. What are the most common SRH problems they face? And how can this best be tackled?

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Youth Advocates

May 21, 2014

How to get young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV at the heart of the Post-2015 framework (the new Millennium Development Goals)? The LINK UP programme– in which STOP AIDS NOW! participates–organized a training session to strengthen youth advocates’ capacities to influence the negotiations.

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Healthy Young People in Malawi

May 21, 2014

This June, STOP AIDS NOW! and partners start the project ‘Healthy Young People Working towards a supportive sexual and reproductive health environment (pilot)’. The goal is to connect the education and health sector so that effective SRH services can be provided and improved in such a way that they are used by the young people who need them.

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Start Early, Start Now – Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families

April 17, 2014

Now more than ever, there is need to reach the youngest children affected by HIV and AIDS, and not to lose them in the first six years of their lives. We can achieve this by delivering an integrated package of services. By breaking down the silos that have persisted among the health, HIV, early child development, protection and social welfare sectors. Start early, start now: find out why and how!

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Meet a champion for children: Sara Brown, children’s programme manager in Kwa Zulu Natal

April 17, 2014

“What drives me is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they see my arrive in their homes. Watching them grow up into children who hold their heads up high and are happy.” Meet Sara!

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NEW: Guide for trainers - Increase effectiveness of SRHR and HIV prevention among young people

April 10, 2014

STOP AIDS NOW! and Rutgers WPF have jointly developed an extensive guide for trainers to train individuals at local organisations to become experts on evidence-informed and rights-based SRHR en HIV prevention programmes for youth.

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Event to Train Youth Advocates at the 47th Commission on Population and Development

April 8, 2014

STOP AIDS NOW! and its Link Up consortium partners are training youth advocates to get their HIV and SRHR-related needs on the post-2015 agenda during the 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) this week.

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Recent study shows: early initiation of antiretroviral therapy improves individual health

April 4, 2014

Early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has a positive effect on the individual health of people living with HIV. This is confirmed by new study results, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Health as a human right – Newsletter ‘Health Matters’ out now

April 1, 2014

Action for Global Health has published the sixth edition of its newsletter ‘Health Matters’. STOP AIDS NOW! is an active member of Action for Global Health, a broad European NGO network advocating for Europe to play a more proactive role in enabling developing countries to meet the right to health for all.

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Melbourne Youth Force AIDS2014 Global E-Consultation now LIVE!

March 27, 2014

The Melbourne Youth Force is excited to announce that the Global eConsultation is now live on the MYF Website! The Global eConsultation allows all youth from around the world to tell what they believe are the most critical issues affecting youth that need to be addressed in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Job Opportunities for the MaxART Programme Immediate Access to ART Demonstration Project

March 24, 2014

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is offering 4 interesting positions in Swaziland in its study team for the MaxART programme Immediate Access to ART demonstration project.

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Health in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework

March 23, 2014

Mapping the way forward for the goal, targets, indicators and key principles

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Income for prevention

March 5, 2014

Poverty and dependency are risk factors for HIV infection. People may engage in higher risk taking activities to generate an income or access basic commodities, such as transactional sex. Exploitation, especially of women and girls due to their economic status, puts them at even higher risk. However, especially when it comes to young people, most HIV prevention interventions are not complemented with a livelihood or economic development component. Yet results from recent studies are promising.

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ICASA 2013: Youth Knows Best!

March 5, 2014

STOP AIDS NOW! was present at ICASA 2013 in Cape Town. At the ICASA Youth Pre-Conference young people had their say. We have summarized their important and inspiring messages in 11 quotes!

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Meet & Greet: Hirut Tekleab, expert on HIV and livelihoods interventions

March 5, 2014

The past 7 years Hirut has been working for Integrated Service Aids Prevention and Support Organisation (ISAPSO) in Ethiopia. Since a year she is managing the STOP AIDS NOW! project supporting orphans and vulnerable children guardians and other poor and vulnerable people, in one of the slums and high HIV prevalence areas in Addis Ababa. During a project visit we discussed her view on the HIV/AIDS response.

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UNAIDS and World Bank address extreme poverty and AIDS

March 4, 2014

The HIV epidemic continues to undermine efforts to reduce poverty and marginalization. This January, UNAIDS and the World Bank have committed to work closely with international partners, to address the social and structural drivers that put people at greater risk of HIV and deny them access to services.

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Cash Transfer Program Reduces Risk of Sexual Debut Young People

March 4, 2014

Research demonstrates that government-led cash transfer programs reduced the risk of HIV among young people (15-25) in Kenya by postponing sexual debut. Interestingly, HIV reduction is not even a primary objective of the program.

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HIV prevalence highest among wealthier population in sub-Saharan Africa

March 4, 2014

Extant studies universally document a positive relationship between socioeconomic status and health. A notable exception is the apparent concentration of HIV/AIDS among wealthier individuals. An interesting paper demonstrates that HIV/AIDS is concentrated among higher socioeconomic status individuals in the majority of sub-Saharan African countries. What does this indicate?

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ART significantly improves patients’ economic well-being

March 4, 2014

ART programs prove to have tremendous health outcomes. However, effects on other variables, such as economic performance or well-being, have been little measured on a great scale and long time period. This study confirms our statement that putting people on treatment is not only an investment in health, but is also an economically-sound investment.

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Dutch Aids Fonds launches the 'Dutch Kiss' in solidarity with LGBT community

February 11, 2014

Across the globe, only one in ten men who have sexual relations with other men has access to sex education, HIV care and healthcare treatment. Due to anti-gay laws and stigmatisation their right to health care is jeopardized, while they are at a high risk for HIV. The Aids Fonds defends this right to health care and has initiated the launch of the #dutchkiss campaign in solidarity with the global LGBT community. An international symbol of the universal right to respect, free choice of partner and health care. The Aids Fonds is calling on people to participate and share this Valentine's Day message: Let's Fight Intolerance with Love. Let's spread the #dutchkiss.

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Just out: the January 2014 edition of the Action for Global Health Newsletter

February 6, 2014

Action for Global Health has published the January edition of its newsletter ‘Health Matters’.

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The Intense Road to Data Collection in the Child Community Care Study

January 29, 2014

On a sunny morning in December I found myself in the community centre of Stellenbosch University in Kayelitsha district, Cape Town, to listen to the preliminary results of its Child Community Care Study. However, the researchers had decided to start with a presentation on ‘the process of data collection’ and they bowled me over. Never had I realized that there was such a complex and emotional world behind the evidence! Indeed, a story that needs to be told!

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Stop Discrimination against Children Living with HIV

January 29, 2014

An HIV free generation is a dream shared by all Zambians because if you are not infected then you are affected. The impact of HIV/AIDS is seen most dramatically in the rising number of children and adolescents orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Children living with HIV nowadays are faced with a huge challenge of discrimination, also in school. This lowers their self-esteem hence affecting their development because they feel stigmatized, discriminated, segregated and are not treated as normal human beings.

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2014 Round for the Red Ribbon Award is Open for Nominations

January 8, 2014

On last year's World AIDS Day, UNAIDS, the organising partners of the 20th International AIDS Conference and civil society partners are jointly announcing a global call for nominations for the 2014 Red Ribbon Award. The award, which will be presented in July 2014 at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) in Melbourne, Australia, will be given to ten community based organizations that have shown outstanding community leadership and action on AIDS.

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Call for Nominations to Join the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

January 6, 2014

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance announces an open Call for Nominations for new members of the Steering Committee for the term beginning April 2014.

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Out now! Fourth Edition of Action for Global Health’s Newsletter

December 30, 2013

Action for Global Health has published the fourth edition of its newsletter ‘Health Matters’.

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Employment is crucial for successful HIV/AIDS treatment, says the ILO

December 4, 2013

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E-news STOP AIDS NOW! November 2013

November 29, 2013

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Towards an AIDS-free generation: UNICEF Sixth Stocktaking Report

November 28, 2013

An AIDS-free generation means a generation in which all children are born free of HIV and remain so for the first two decades of life, from birth through adolescence.

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Just out: the MaxART Newsletter edition 4

November 21, 2013

In this edition: Consent - a barrier for adolescent HIV testing, Young People's Leadership to address HIV, Young people today - time to act now, and much more.

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Global Health Conference: The Dutch Perspective

November 11, 2013

"Aid for trade" is the new paradigm in the Netherlands. The new emphasis is placed on trade, with the government wanting to combine aid with trade as investments, is cause for concern for some.

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New State of World Population 2013 Report spotlighting high rates of teenage pregnancies

November 4, 2013

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a new report, the State of World Population 2013 ‘Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy’. It spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.

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Join the Psychosocial Support Forum 29-31 October live from your computer!

October 28, 2013

On 29-31 October REPSSI, in collaboration with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), will be hosting a three-day forum on children and psychosocial support (PSS Forum) in Nairobi, Kenya. This event is the only one of its kind in Africa. They will be webcasting a number of the sessions for those unable to make it to the PSS Forum.

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Out now! Third edition of Action for Global Health’s newsletter

October 16, 2013

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Young people (15 to 24 years) especially likely to drop out of HIV care. African study shows youth-oriented services improve retention rates

October 15, 2013

This recent study shows that, alarmingly, young people are more likely to drop out of HIV care, compared to other age-groups. In the programme Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK): What young people want, what young people need, STOP AIDS NOW!, as part of a coalition of youth empowerment organisations, aims to address the specific needs and challenges of young people living with HIV. STOP AIDS NOW! not only advocates for youth friendly services to improve retention rates of young people. We also want to see inclusion of treatment literacy in sexuality education and HIV prevention programmes, now often omitted. It can be challenging for young people to take treatment every day at the right time. A good support system by friends, peers, family and health services is essential to create an enabling environment for youngsters to adhere to their treatment.

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Must read! New UNESCO report “Young People Today. Time to Act Now”

October 9, 2013

A major new report entitled “Young People Today. Time to Act Now”, developed by UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and other partners is launched on in October 2013.

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Universal access? Not without rights!

October 2, 2013

Achievements of Bridging the Gaps - Health and Rights for Key Populations

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No one should be left behind

September 29, 2013

At the UN General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), world leaders adopted an outcome document emphasizing the need for inclusivity and accessibility for all, with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged when it comes to accelerating efforts to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

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UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013

September 23, 2013

As world leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the future of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new report on the global AIDS epidemic from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has been published. The report shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching the 2015 global targets on HIV. Among the many health targets that were established in the Millennium Development Goals, MDG 6 calls for unprecedented action to halt and begin to reverse the AIDS epidemic. We are now less than two years from the deadline for the MDGs. Yet AIDS remains an unfinished business.

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Out now! Second edition of Action for Global Health’s newsletter

September 12, 2013

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Summary of the new 2013 Guidelines recommendationsand key issues from acommunity and civil societyperspective

September 8, 2013

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Key Populations Programme "Bridging the Gaps" is looking for an communications specialist

September 3, 2013

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STOP AIDS NOW! launches project to improve uptake of quality HIV and reproductive, maternal and newborn health services in Malawi

August 12, 2013

The Clinton Health Access Initiative and STOP AIDS NOW! are proud to announce the launch of a project. The project seeks to increase demand and uptake of HIV and reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) services by improving the quality of those services. The Project will work with the Lilongwe District Health Officer and Health Management Team as well as managers and providers at health centers in three health areas of Lilongwe District, Mitundu health area, Area 25 primary level facility, and Kawale Hospital. There will also be collaboration with Kamuzu Central Hospital.

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Job vacancy: Communications Specialist

August 4, 2013

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UNAIDS urges Greek authorities to repeal Sanitary Decree

July 31, 2013

Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) published a press statement against the reinstatement of a health decree in Greece.

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Health Matters - newsletter

July 30, 2013

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Report shows that a healthier Africa will boost economic growth on the continent

July 24, 2013

The report launched at the Special Summit of the African Union (AU) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights increased, targeted health spending as an essential foundation for greater economic growth and development in Africa. The report published by the African Union and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), reviews progress made since the African Union 2001 Abuja Declaration.

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30 Years of GIPA

July 4, 2013

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International Treatment as Prevention Workshop: the latest research and policy progress in the field

July 2, 2013

At the third HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop last April, academics, policy makers, industry and community representatives gathered to review and discuss the latest research and policy progress in the field. Updates during the Workshop from ongoing studies contributed to the evidence showing the effectiveness of early HIV treatment.

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Communities vital to delivering on the promise of new global HIV treatment guidelines

June 30, 2013

STOP AIDS NOW!, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance), welcome the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) new guidelines on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment and prevention of HIV and call on governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and donors to ensure that communities are meaningfully engaged as countries implement these guidelines.

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ILO launches new initiative to reach 5 million workers with voluntary HIV testing by 2015

June 7, 2013

The International Labour Organization (ILO), supported by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), has launched an initiative to reach 5 million workers with Voluntary and confidential HIV Counselling and Testing (VCT@WORK) by 2015. The initiative will ensure that people who test positive are referred to HIV services for care and support, and treatment if needed.

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High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

June 2, 2013

A special panel of world leaders has handed in their recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on the future of global sustainable development and they believe that ending extreme poverty by 2030 is possible. The High-Level Panel Report outlines a vision to frame the global agenda after the current Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. STOP AIDS NOW! has provided input through the national, regional and thematic consultations that have informed the deliberations of the High-Level Panel.

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ICASA 2013, ‘Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero’

June 2, 2013

The countdown to Africa’s primary AIDS conference has begun. This year, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) will be held in Cape Town, from 7-11 December. The theme of ICASA 2013 is: “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero”, derived from the UNAIDS vision of striving for “Zero new HIV and TB infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related and TB deaths”. The 17th ICASA in December 2013 expects 10.000 participants from around the world. A good opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, network and link with partners!

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New UNAIDS Update report highlights progress in the AIDS response in Africa

May 22, 2013

As the African Union began its 21st summit in Addis Ababa, celebrating 50 years of African unity, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released Update a new report on the AIDS response in Africa.

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A day in the field with Sindiswa

April 25, 2013

Check out this nice video produced by the Bridging the Gaps project. The video shows how Sindiswa is challenging homophobia and improving the health and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Cape Town.

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We are looking for a Senior Policy Officer / Advisor Health and Community Systems Strengthening

April 21, 2013

STOP AIDS NOW! works towards a world without AIDS.To join our HIV and Development Cooperation programme we are looking for a Senior Policy Officer / Advisor Health and Community Systems Strengthening (32-36 hours per week)

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GNP+ Vacancy: External Relations & Communications Officer

April 17, 2013

GNP+ is looking to recruit a highly qualified candidate for the position of External Relations & Communications Officer; we especially welcome applications from people living with HIV and women, but other well qualified candidates are very welcome to apply.

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European Commission commits to fully funded Global Fund

April 7, 2013

As the Global Fund to Fight to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launches its fourth replenishment bid for US$ 15 billion, Arben Fetai, Senior EU Policy Advisor at Stop AIDS Alliance, a joint initiative by STOP AIDS NOW! and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance writes about the events in Brussels this week which highlighted the critical need to defeat the three diseases.

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Global Fund Appoints Marijke Wijnroks as Chief of Staff

March 26, 2013

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced today that Marijke Wijnroks will become Chief of Staff at the organization, with broad responsibility and a particular focus on gender and human rights and on engaging with all partners in the cause of global health.

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May we pick your brains? Help us determine the focus of our new strategic plan

March 4, 2013

This year STOP AIDS NOW! will develop a new multi-annual strategic plan. As input for our internal discussions and the strategic choices that we will make, we would like to hear your views on what is needed in the international HIV/AIDS response.

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President Barack Obama sets his sights on an ‘AIDS-free generation’

February 12, 2013

President Barack Obama argued for an AIDS-free generation at Obama's first State of the Union speech since winning re-election: “In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades by connecting more people to the global economy; by empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve; and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach.”

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Don’t Stop Now! Ensuring continued progress against MDG 6 in the post-2015 development framework

February 4, 2013

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the United Nations, governments, civil society and other global and national stakeholders are involved in a series of processes that will determine the new development agenda. STOP AIDS NOW! in collaboration with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, has developed a one-pager to help the HIV community to engage in the ongoing discussions and consultations. You can download the one-pager or read it online.

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Malawi's Joyce Banda discards presidential jet in order to save lives

February 3, 2013

This week, Malawi’s Presidential jet was put on the auction block. President Joyce Banda is selling the $13.3 million (£8.5 million) jet to pay for essential services for her country’s poorest people, and help mitigate the currency devaluation her country is suffering.

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UNAIDS report shows significant declines in new global HIV infections

November 20, 2012

A new World AIDS Day report: Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows a more than 50% drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries since 2001. More than half of these countries are in Africa, the region most affected by AIDS. HIV infections among newborn children have also declined by 50%, meaning that prevention of mother-to-child-transmission is working, and eliminating new infections among children is within sights. In addition, the number of people with access to antiretroviral therapy increased by 63% in the last two years. And AIDS-related deaths fell by more than 25% between 2005 and 2011 globally.

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Shaping the future HIV and development agenda post-2015

November 18, 2012

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the United Nations, governments, civil society and other global and national stakeholders are involved in a series of processes that will determine the new development goals. STOP AIDS NOW! in collaboration with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, has developed a discussion paper to help the HIV community to engage in these discussions and ongoing consultations. You can download the paper or read it online.

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STOP AIDS NOW! at the European Development Days

October 21, 2012

Stop AIDS Alliance, the Brussels office of STOP AIDS NOW!, together with UNAIDS, Action for Global Health and other health civil society organisations was chosen to organise one of the 15 high level panels at the European Development Days. The topic for the two-day conference taking place in Brussels from 16-17 October was ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Growth for Human Development’.

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STOP AIDS NOW! HIV and livelihoods programme launched

October 15, 2012

On 16th of October 2012 the Linking and Learning project on HIV and livelihoods was launched. The representatives of ten Ethiopian organisations and STOP AIDS NOW! signed the MoU. In this project the organisations form a community of practice to explore new insights on identified HIV mainstreaming gaps.

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Out now! 3rd Edition 2012 Exchange Magazine on community involvement

October 15, 2012

Experiences over the world demonstrate that the involvement of communities in HIV and AIDS interventions greatly contributes to the effectiveness of programmes. In the various articles you can read all about the way STOP AIDS NOW! involves communities for HIV project sustainability and increased impact.

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Cabinet Malawi approves National Social Support Policy

July 3, 2012

On 5 July 2012 the Cabinet in Malawi approved the National Social Support Policy. This is one day after STOP AIDS NOW! and its local partners NOVOC, CEYCA, IPRSE and YONECO hosted a symposium in Lilongwe entitled ‘Reduce poverty amongst vulnerable groups – invest in Social Cash Transfers’. One of the recommendations of the symposium was to speed up the passing of the National Social Support Policy that had been in draft quite some time.

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