African civil society organisations have denounced a political declaration adopted today by world leaders attending a United Nations AIDS meeting in New York. At the High Level Review Meeting of the UN General Assembly, which closed on 2 June 2006, member-states negotiated a political declaration, which African activists have described as 'utterly retrogressive' and 'a sham.
Equity and HIV/AIDS
Civil society groups from across African met in Abuja, Nigeria on April 10 to 12 2006 to develop a consolidated position for use during the review processes of the Abuja Declaration and Framework Plan for action, and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS (UNGASS) Declaration of Commitment (DoC), and to chart a way forward regarding access for all people requiring information and services related to HIV prevention, care, support and treatment. This statement reflects the outcomes of these deliberations, as well as the sentiments of the undersigned African Civil Society Organisations.
In this position paper, the Coalition raises demands for the improvement of health care in African countries in terms of: improving political commitment and leadership; strengthening civil society to improve absorption of available resources; immediately delivering on the 15% Abuja commitment; scaling up investment in youth empowerment and education to enhance participation of young people in HIV/AIDS; ensuring sustainability of financing and programmes; fast tracking implementation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property; scaling up HIV prevention, treatment and care; dealing effectively with and invest in programmes for TB/HIV co-infection; addressing the needs of older people and empowering and engaging with PLWHAs.
The 24th Summit of the African Union and related events reaffirmed that Africa is committed and will remain committed to women’s empowerment and to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The Summit took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 23 to 31 January 2015 under 2015 annual African Union theme of “Women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. This report outlines the importance of ending AIDS was particularly articulated during the gender pre-summit meeting, at which the participants noted that member states should ensure that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is part of Agenda 2063 and that it has an inclusive human rights approach that leaves no one behind, including children, adolescents, women of child-bearing age and women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings.
African ministers of finance and key partners in the AIDS response meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have called for increased national investment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The international community has committed to meeting the 90–90–90 treatment targets, under which 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. If the 90–90–90 targets are met by 2020, ending the AIDS epidemic a decade later is achievable.
Three weeks after the African Union - the highest decision-making regional authority in Africa - endorsed a Common Position on HIV and AIDS, African delegates in New York are reneging on the strong commitments they made to providing access to services for HIV prevention, care and treatment to all those who need them in Africa.
This book is a collection of essays that critique leadership on HIV and AIDS in Africa from the 1980s to the present. They examine the rhetoric on HIV and AIDS, which has influenced culture and behaviour, service delivery, policy, the design of national interventions and the varied success of different countries in containing the pandemic. African scholars contextualise a host of public and scholarly disputes, ranging from AIDS exceptionalism, racialised data manipulation and ‘denialism’ to the racist debates on ‘African promiscuity’ and the recent revival of assertions that homosexuality is not ‘African’ behaviour. The book refers to the record of governments in a wide range of African countries with case studies drawing on the rhetoric of governments and the nature of leadership in Ethiopia, the Gambia, Morocco, South Africa and Zambia. What emerges is that the rhetoric is diverse, occasionally logical and effective in terms of informing systemic HIV and AIDS interventions that improve the welfare of people, and sometimes it is contradictory to the point of absurdity.
The fourth Africities Summit was held in Nairobi , Kenya from 18-22 September 2006. The theme for the Summit was “Building Local Coalitions for the Implementation of the Millenium Development Goals in African Local Governments”. During the Africities Summit 2006 a series of special and thematic sessions were organisedto provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share information, experiences, good practices, achievements and constraints towards attaining the MDGs and to also table recommendations on ways forward.
This video clip from the Sixteenth International AIDS Conference held in Toronto in August 2006 shows an AIDS activist living with HIV presenting her views on the UNGASS political declaration. The video clip is found among others presented at that conference session.
Sex with older men is not placing women under 30 at higher risk of HIV infection in rural South Africa, and relationships with older men may even be protecting women over 30 from infection, according to results from a eight-year study presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston.