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An Unlikely Tool for Turning the Tide of HIV: Food and Nutrition Support

Posted 23 juillet 2012, 10:32 , by Guest

By Martin Bloem, Chief of Nutrition and HIV Policy, U.N. World Food Programme

“We believe that after six months, our patients will have become strong so they can go back and do their usual work,” said Esther Oduli, a social worker in Western Kenya whose organization, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), works closely with the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

Together, AMPATH and WFP provide people living with HIV with the care, treatment and support they need. When people come to AMPATH for HIV treatment, they also receive food and nutrition support from WFP for themselves and their families if they are malnourished or food insecure. This support helps patients recover their health, incentivizes people to come for and adhere to their treatment and promotes long-term treatment success. More...

Building on Breakthroughs, Exploring Implementation: AIDS 2012 and the Latest Science

Posted 19 juillet 2012, 08:07 , by Guest

By Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Director, Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

With final preparations underway for AIDS 2012, the world’s spotlight will soon turn to Washington, D.C., for this important conference as it returns to the United States for the first time since 1990. As local scientific partners, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), along with the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, looks forward to the broad array of HIV clinicians, researchers, public health officials, advocates and many others who will gather in D.C. More...

Transitions in Financing HIV and AIDS Programmes

Posted 02 juillet 2012, 08:55 , by Guest

By Patrick L. Osewe, Lead Health Specialist for the Southern Africa region of the World Bank

Patrick L. OseweWhile participating in a study of HIV spending efficiency in South Africa, I met a young HIV-positive mother who had just received the joyful news that her new-born daughter was healthy and HIV-free. Wiping away tears of relief, she described the gratitude she felt for the antenatal clinic staff, who had helped start her on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and thanks to whom she now had the hope of a bright future for her daughter.

This encounter was just one among many similar incidents during the study – and, as our preliminary data show, is representative of the positive impact of the Government’s strong commitment to bringing down rates of HIV. More...