Statement from ANPUD delivered by Rajiv Kafle, Project Coordinator for Harm Reduction in Asia project, Dec 18 -19, New Delhi, INDIA.
What does good health mean in a context where people who use drugs desperately struggle just to survive another day? The right to Health has been established as a Right since 1948. Governments and policy makers are well aware of the universal declarations yet they consciously decide to condemn people who use drugs to an early death. What part of the words ‘Universal’ and ‘Human Rights’ do they not understand? Many might disagree thinking ‘something is better than nothing’ but we want all of it because it is our right. This is not the future we were promised by our leaders.
A systematic review and meta-analysis, conducted to inform the new World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guidelines, found Dolutegravir superior to standard dose Efavirenz for both viral suppression and discontinuation rates.
In this issue of JAIDS, Verdery and colleagues report a social network study of persons who inject drugs (PWID) in 2 cities in the Philippines.
As the world approaches the midway point between the 2014 launch of the 90–90–90 targets and their December 2020 deadline, UNAIDS has reviewed the progress made. This has been done with the support of national AIDS programmes, which report data annually to the United Nations and the guidance of national programme managers, researchers and other experts within the UNAIDS Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) on 90–90–90.
The purpose of this Technical Brief is to assist Global Fund applicants in their efforts to include and expand programs to remove human rights and gender-related barriers to HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment services. This Brief discusses the barriers these programs help to remove, the various forms the programs take, the need to cost and allocate budget for them, and how to implement them in effective ways and at appropriate scale. It also aims to help stakeholders ensure that, as they are rolled out, HIV health services and programs promote and protect human rights and gender equality.
The tool describes how services can be designed and implemented to be accessible and acceptable to people who inject drugs. This requires respectful and ongoing engagement, and this publication gives particular attention to programmes run in close partnership with, or by, organizations of people who use drugs.
The high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, to be held in June 2016 by the General Assembly is a pivotal occasion to rally global commitment to the fast-track targets and core actions for ending AIDS by 2030, as outlined in the UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy, “On the Fast-Track to end AIDS”.
Civil society networks and their member organizations across the Asia and the Pacific region has come up with this Asia-Pacific civil society position statement entitled ‘Ending AIDS in 2030: Do not Leave ASIA-PACIFIC Behind’ as an integrated and unified voices representing all the key populations most vulnerable and affected by HIV/AIDS. In order to turn the wheel of High Level Meeting and make it a historic event, our region has developed key advocacy messages also termed as ‘Asks to the member states at this UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS’.
UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights as input to the study currently being conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the impact of the world drug problem on human rights. This study will be the primary contribution of the Human Rights Council to the UNGASS on Drugs.
Statement of HIV Constituency during CSO Forum on Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2015
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