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  • The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct

    In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

    27 August 2014 | The Lancet
  • AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril

    Now that aid pipeline is drying up as the program shifts its limited budget to poorer countries, so the South African government must find hundreds of millions of dollars, even as its national caseload grows rapidly.

    26 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Study points the way forward for global HIV services and other chronic conditions

    Millions of people in need would benefit from HIV services in developing countries that are moving towards universal health coverage if these services were run more efficiently and integrated better.

    03 July 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Kenya: Is integrated methadone and HIV care possible?

    In Kenya, people who inject drugs have a constant daily battle with poverty and addiction. From waking to sleeping, they need to get money to live. This battle takes time. Their HIV care has to come second to the immediate need to survive. People who inject drugs say that lack of time is the main reason they do not access HIV care.

    13 June 2014 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • “I Can Improve Things”: An HIV Peer Counselor in the Dominican Republic

    Stigma makes it difficult for HIV-positive pregnant women to ask questions and get the information they need to cope with their diagnosis and navigate treatment. HIV peer counselors play an important role in countering this.

    06 June 2014 | USAID CapacityPlus (blog)
  • ‘Appalling service’ provided by Healthcare at Home leaves patients without drugs

    Thousands of NHS patients, some seriously ill, have not received vital medicines on time because of problems at the company contracted to deliver the drugs to these patients in their own homes. The failures in the service offered by Healthcare at Home have been described by patient groups as ‘appalling’ and ‘unsafe’, and have left patients with live-threatening conditions frightened about their ability to get hold of their drugs.

    03 June 2014 | Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out

    Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labour strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether to roll out Option B+ nationwide or just to pilot it in high volume facilities such as major referral hospitals.

    29 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Why Did AIDS Ravage the U.S. More Than Any Other Developed Country?

    "It’s best understood as a function of health disparities writ large,” says Chris Beyrer. The core difference between the United States and Western Europe, he says, is that “we’re a much bigger, much more complex, and much more unjust country.”

    13 May 2014 | The New Republic
  • AVERT-funded home-based care study featured in PLOS ONE

    The study assessed challenges facing home-based care providers in rural South Africa in the context of HIV and AIDS. The PLOS ONE article focuses on outputs of the research regarding poor referral systems between hospitals/clinics and community care workers, and the trend of these care workers using their own funds and food to support clients.

    06 May 2014 | AVERT
  • Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results in Malawi

    Improvements to Malawi’s network for transporting laboratory samples will help people living with HIV get vital test results quicker. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation network in Malawi.

    22 April 2014 | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (blog)
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