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Close brush with death!
By Lucy Wanjiku (Kenya) and Musah Lumumba (Uganda)
Recommended by the NGO Delegation, Lucy Wanjiku leader of Sauti Sikika, an Adolescent wing within All In! Kenya, supported by NEPHAK, spoke at the Thematic Segment of the 38th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (UNAIDS PCB) in Geneva last June. Lucy shared what she understood as the role of young people (as part of the broader community most affected by HIV) in ending AIDS by 2030: to be listened to and engaged by committed leaders. She responded to the question, “where is the money to end AIDS by 2030?” and reflected on how much leaders ‘value’ the lives of her colleagues who are living with and getting infected by HIV and dying of AIDS, because of dwindling resources for local health centers. She also contemplated on the larger issue of poverty where HIV is situated, for instance: how some of her peers often miss taking their anti retroviral drugs (ARVs) because they can’t swallow those huge pills on their empty stomachs.
Setting the Scene to Include Community Engagement in the GARPR Indicators 2017-2021 and the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV and AIDS 2016
Jeffry Acaba, Asia Pacific Delegate
Focal person for the IWG of the Measurements Working Group
By Jeffry P. Acaba, Asia-Pacific NGO Delegate
According to the “Health for the World’s Adolescents” report in 2014 released by the World Health Organization, AIDS is now the second most common cause of death among adolescents aged 10-19 globally. This does not mean that we have to isolate HIV as an issue. The All-In to End Adolescent AIDS Launch Report by UNICEF early this year shows that adolescent girls are disproportionately affected because of gender-based inequality, age-disparate sex, and intimate partner violence.
By Charles King, North America NGO Delegate
One year ago, after two years of organizing by civil society, New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to end AIDS as an epidemic in the State of New York by 2020. If achieved, this would make New York the first high HIV incidence jurisdiction in the world to end the epidemic.
Tasked by its Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), UNAIDS is in the process of extending its 2011-2015 strategy through the “Fast Track” period to 2016-2021 as an Updated Strategy, with ambitious goals set for 2020 and the aim of ending AIDS by 2030. Following consultations with civil society organizations and a deliberative internal process to identity critical priorities, NGO Delegation to the PCB calls on the UNAIDS Joint Programme to:
Sharing a Lancet study on a toughened law criminalizing same-sex sexual relationships in Nigeria and its impact on accessing HIV services among MSM.
By Bryan Teixeira, Europe NGO Delegate
I am really looking forward to the discussion on this theme at the next PCB meeting in July.
We need a definition of ‘emergencies’ that is broad and flexible if it is to appropriately respond to our changing world and shifts in geopolitics. We need to make sure that emergencies that may affect key vulnerable populations and other populations at risk of being left behind are included in our definition. Emergency contexts are not a one-size-fits-all scenario.
The thematic segment of the upcoming 36th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) on July 2, 2015 will focus on HIV in emergency contexts. The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB is reaching out to civil society partners, friends and colleagues for case studies to be included in the conference room paper, help shape the background document that guides the thematic day, or ultimately be featured as a presentation among select examples of voids, challenges and successful initiatives and programs. The NGO Delegation would like to particularly focus on wider concepts of emergencies that may not necessary meet the definition of ‘large-scale emergencies’, but have profound effects on the HIV response, particularly for key populations, with a broad and diverse range of issues and varying impact.