Supporting PMTCT Adherence through the Private Sector

Can the private sector scale up PMTCT services? AIDSFree is looking at how to expand PMTCT service delivery and alleviate challenges by engaging the private sector, including civil society organizations (CSOs).

An AIDS-Free Generation by 2030? What it Would Take to Achieve this Remarkable Milestone.

HIV still has no cure or vaccine, but current tools, if used at scale and in combination, can help us achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2030. JSI’s Dr. Samson Kironde, Director of the AIDSFree Project, explains the global strategy, tactics, and best practices that are helping set the path for an end to HIV.

Yes, we possess the tools to end the HIV epidemic!

Samson Kironde, Chief of Party of the STAR-EC project in Uganda, argues that the end of HIV is within our reach, but immediate and persistent action must be taken to break down the cultural, societal, and structural barriers that remain obstructions to that goal.

Just Because You Build It Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come: Take Home Messages from IAS

JSI’s Sharon Stash shares lessons learned from the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome Participants at last month’s International AIDS Society Conference in Rome were energized by positive findings on new biomedical HIV prevention interventions. Thirty years of dedicated work have resulted in the HPTN052 trial’s promise of HIV treatment as prevention and in positive … Continue reading “Just Because You Build It Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come: Take Home Messages from IAS”

Coffee, Popcorn, Soup and HIV: Reducing vulnerability to malnutrition and food insecurity among households affected by HIV in Ethiopia

It is 11:00 a.m. at the antiretroviral therapy (ART) unit of Gandhi Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Women have been arriving slowly over the last two hours for their monthly coffee ceremony discussion. The reception area is transformed—condoms and pamphlets swept off the table to make way for a colorful tablecloth and a bowl of flowers. Popcorn is popping, coffee brewing, and the aromas of coffee, popcorn, and incense mingle in the air. Smiles appear on the women’s faces as they enter the room and rekindle their monthly friendships.

Women Shouldn’t Have to Be Sneaky to Get the Family Planning They Want

Yes, I said it. But it’s not my word. I’m just the messenger, relating to you what I heard: sneaky. According to health care providers I interviewed recently in Western Province, Kenya, sneaking is exactly what women feel they need to do if they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy. Their male partners, for the … Continue reading “Women Shouldn’t Have to Be Sneaky to Get the Family Planning They Want”

Giving Thanks: An HIV-Positive Mother in Zambia Gives Back

Introducing ARVs into antenatal and postnatal care significantly improves the chance that babies of HIV-positive mothers can be born without the virus. “I am a happy mother,” says Susan Simfukwe in Lusaka. “I think the American government has really helped us Zambians. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think we’d have ARVs now. I want to thank the American people as their support has really served us.” Since 2007 the Zambian ARV logistics system has given more than 165,000 women like Susan access to PMTCT drugs.