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Botswana / global policy: Tlou chairs Global Task Force on Women and AIDS

15 Feb, 2009
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University of Botswana Lecturer and Former Minister of Health, Professor Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, has been asked by several international organisations to use her expertise and experience to assist with health problems at global level.

These have been mostly in the area of HIV and AIDS in which her long term accomplishments are widely recognised. She is the Chairperson of a Global Task Force on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS whose mandate is to develop an operational plan to strengthen strategic guidance and support and to assist countries to ensure that national HIV and development strategies, operational plans, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and associated budgets address the needs and rights of women and girls in the context of HIV and AIDS.

Prof Tlou led this task force because as Minister of Health of Botswana, she led HIV/AIDS interventions that resulted in a near-universal roll out of ARV’s which reached women, children and young people. Maternal mortality due to HIV/AIDS reduced from 38% in 2004 to about 9% in 2008, and Mother to child transmission of HIV reduced from 40% to less than 4% within 4 years, a result that has not been accomplished anywhere in Africa or the developing world. Members of the task force include current and former ministers of Health or Gender Affairs, ambassadors, United Nations regional representatives, and civil society leaders of organisations of women living with HIV/AIDS. She co-chairs the task force with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr Michel Sidibe.

Prof Tlou is also Chairperson of the Global Health Council’s International Conference, which will take place in June 2010 in Washington DC, USA. The conference will assess global progress in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She co-chairs the conference with former Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr Peter Piot. She recently chaired the Local Organising Committee of the 9th International AIDS Impact Conference which was held in Gaborone with participants from 38 countries.

25 Nov, 2016
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Walk in Our Knickers: Campaign launched to raise awareness of issues faced by women living with HIV

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.   Sophia Forum are taking this opportunity to launch their campaign ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ to highlight the fact that women living with HIV are twice as likely to have been or be affected by gender violence. ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ aims to raise awareness, advocate for improved practice and prompt responses from policy makers and government.

11 Apr, 2016
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Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Transgender People

In collaboration with UNAIDS and other partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IRTG, a Global Network of Trans Women and HIV, have released a new publication entitled Implementing comprehensive HIV and STI programmes with transgender people: practical guidance for collaborative interventions. The publication presents concrete steps that public health officials, health workers and nongovernmental organizations can adopt to implement HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes with transgender people.

11 Apr, 2016

HIV This Month

Welcome to UNAIDS Science now and to the third issue of HIV this month in 2016! In March, UNAIDS and WHO organized a highlights from CROI 2016 briefing. A video of the briefing as well as presentation slides from speakers are available. Presentation webcasts and abstracts at the actual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 in February are also available online.

11 Apr, 2016
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Ethical, Strategic and Meaningful Involvement of Women Living With HIV Starts at The Beginning

This new viewpoint article entitled "Ethical, strategic and meaningful involvement of women living with HIV starts at the beginning" is based on the global values and preferences survey conducted for WHO in 2014, as it updates its guidelines on the SRH&HR of women living with HIV.  This article can be found in the Journal of Virus Eradiction: http://viruseradication.com/journal-details/Ethical,_strategic_and_meaningful_involvement_of_women_living_with_HIV_starts_at_the_beginning/

14 Mar, 2016

Adolescent Boys and Young men

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9 Mar, 2016

Strengthening Community Platforms to Address Gender Norms

In 2014, there were 25.8 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of them women. Several studies have reported that girls’ and women’s risk of HIV infection is associated with gender inequality and violence. Harmful gender norms can lead to risky behaviors, violence, substance abuse, pursuit of multiple sexual partners, and domination of women.

9 Mar, 2016

HIV this month

Welcome to UNAIDS Science now and to the second issue of HIV this month in 2016! The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 happened in Boston, USA last week. Among the presentations that were widely covered by media was the release of results from two dapivirine-containing vaginal ring trials: the ASPIRE/MTN-020 of the Microbicide Trials Network and the Ring Study/IPM 027 of the International Partnership for Microbicides.

2 Mar, 2016

Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What's Law Got to Do with It?

This Collection offers multiple routes to sexuality and gender justice and numerous suggestions of what sexuality and gender justice could be in a plurality of contexts. It also suggests that there are many potential pitfalls and barriers to justice or progress. What this Collection highlights, however, is that by listening carefully to each other and by paying careful attention to the needs of those working on the ground, we give ourselves the best chances of success, individually and collectively.

28 Feb, 2016

Sophia Forum Newsletter

Sophia Forum newsletter: February 2016 | LGBT History Month February is LGBT history month, and so an important time to reflect on how HIV impacts on lesbian, bisexual and trans women. In this edition of the Sophia Forum newsletter, we share articles exploring how HIV affects LBT women, and how their needs, priorities and experiences are invisibilised and even ignored. In the first piece, Sophia Forum trustees Felicity Daly and Sophie Strachan present the evidence on lesbian and bisexual women's vulnerability to HIV acquisition and how this is largely missing from the research base.

1 Feb, 2016

UNAIDS Science now

HIV this month. Issue no.1. January 2016

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