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Pregnant women need more support on looking after their own health after childbirth – could help retention in Option B+ programmes

Many women living with HIV believe that HIV care for the mother’s own health is unimportant once the baby is born, especially if the infant tests HIV

Published
10 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Poor patients in India facing HIV/AIDS drug shortages

People with HIV in India are facing stoppages and shortfalls in their HIV treatment that have been blamed on supply bottlenecks, late payments to drugmakers and at least one large Indian manufacturer boycotting the process, complaining that the government was not paying it for its supply.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Reuters
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.

Published
27 August 2014
From
The Lancet
AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril

PEPFAR has poured more than $3 billion into South Africa, largely for training doctors, building clinics and laboratories, and buying drugs. 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.

Published
26 August 2014
From
New York Times
Of guidelines, targets and resources: the documents that defined the 2014 International AIDS Conference

If there was a phrase that defined the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), one that surfaced in every few presentations and kept turning up in documents,

Published
26 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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.

Published
03 July 2014
From
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.

Published
13 June 2014
From
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.

Published
06 June 2014
From
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.

Published
03 June 2014
From
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.

Published
29 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
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