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Successful continuation of antiretroviral therapy delivery during COVID 19 – best practices from the South East Asia Region

The COVID-19 pandemic was predicted to and has had a major impact on the essential HIV health services in the South East Asia Region (SEAR), putting at risk the benefits accrued over the last two decades. Apart from the risks posed by the virus to the individual health of people living with HIV (PLHIV), COVID-19 has disrupted essential services causing considerable delays in the delivery of medicines and other health commodities. Changing priorities for HIV clinic and health-care workers, travel restrictions, non-availability of public and limited private transportation and worsening…

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Existing HIV and TB laboratory systems facilitating COVID-19 testing in Africa

Many countries in resource-limited settings have high HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) burdens. In 2010, WHO first recommended the use of the Xpert MTB/RIF nucleic acid assay. In 2013, the WHO recommended HIV viral load testing through nucleic acid testing for all people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy in order to monitor their treatment. Over the last ten years, significant investments by countries and donors have considerably improved laboratory systems. In many settings, highly skilled staff have been re-prioritized to COVID-19 testing. Across sub-Saharan Africa,…

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World AIDS Day 2020 – WHO calls for global solidarity to maintain HIV services

On 1 December WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond – and to ensure continued provision of HIV services for children, adolescents and populations most at risk for the disease. The Organization also calls on countries to provide health workers with greater protection and support so they can continue their work safely during the pandemic. Protecting people from HIV during the pandemic, and ensuring they can maintain treatment, is critical. Researchers are currently investigating whether…

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WHO announces the Global Diabetes Compact

On World Diabetes Day, WHO announced the development of the Global Diabetes Compact, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to support countries in implementing effective programmes for the prevention and management of diabetes. The goals of the Compact, the development of which will be led by WHO, are:   increased capacity of health systems to detect, diagnose and manage diabetes; integration of diabetes care into existing programmes, thereby leveraging existing capacities in the health-care system and meeting people’s health-care needs in a more holistic way; and the scaling-up of health promotion…

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Countdown to 2030 launches expanded 2020 country profiles on early childhood development

The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. What happens to the child in the first few years of life is critical for the child’s developmental trajectory and lifecourse influencing their mental and physical health, education and future economic participation. In order to track global progress on early childhood development (ECD), WHO, UNICEF and partners today launched new expanded 2020 ECD Countdown to 2030 country profiles. The updated profiles cover 42 ECD indicators and 197 countries, including 60 high-income countries, encompassing 99.8%…

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Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator commitments reach US$ 5.1billion following new contributions, including at Paris Peace Forum

Donors commit to fund the scale up of the ACT-Accelerator but warn additional funding is critical to support its success The European Commission, France, Spain, The Republic of Korea and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledge US$360 million to COVAX, the Vaccines Pillar of the ACT Accelerator Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO; Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation discuss essential need for…

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WHO releases new guidance on integrating mental health in radiological emergency response

The Framework for mental health and psychosocial support in radiological and nuclear emergencies, released today, brings together, for the first time, existing knowledge from the fields of mental health and protection from radiation in an integrated guide for preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological emergencies.  Past nuclear and radiological accidents have shown that the mental health and psychosocial consequences of such events can outweigh the direct physical health impacts of radiation exposure. Both the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents were reported to have considerable diverse and long-lasting social, psychological…

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Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are home bound due to COVID-19, new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, launched today, emphasize that everyone, of all ages and abilities, can be physically active and that every type of movement counts. The new guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week for all adults, including people living with chronic conditions or disability, and an…

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The city of lights glows teal for cervical cancer elimination

Paris, the City of Lights, celebrated the world’s historic commitment to eliminate cervical cancer by illuminating in teal on November 17th. Standing in solidarity with over 100 landmarks across the globe, Town Hall glimmered as a beacon of hope for a cervical cancer free future. To explore the full list of landmarks that joined the celebration and enjoy more sights of the world as it glowed in teal, visit the link below  Lighting events To share photos of a lighting event near you, please contact [email protected].  Source WHO Follow and…

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Updated dashboard supports differentiated HIV testing services

The World Health Organization (WHO), in coordination with UNAIDS, has updated its HIV Testing Services dashboard with new data for 2020, ahead of this year’s World AIDS Day. The interactive dashboard gives users a wide range of information on HIV testing from countries worldwide on, for example, HIV prevalence, the number of people testing positive for HIV and the number of people testing for HIV for the first time or repeating a test. Data are given in charts and tables and are differentiated by age, sex and other characteristics. “It…

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