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The new global women’s safety framework adapts UN Women’s longstanding initiative on safe cities and safe public spaces for women and girls through incorporating experience in the tea sector in rural spaces. With its strong focus on prevention of violence against women and girls in public spaces, including harassment, the framework helps to build a common understanding in the tea sector that is applicable to other commodity sectors in agricultural value chains.
This Checklist supports the in-country implementation of the 2017 WHO and UNAIDS Consolidated guideline on the SRHR of women living with HIV. To guarantee the guideline’s effective implementation and fulfil its ground-breaking women-centred spirit and principles, its uptake must include the meaningful engagement of women living with HIV in all their diversity. This guideline was developed with engagement from communities of women living with HIV throughout its development, publication and dissemination. In line with this collaborative process, it discusses implementation issues that laws, policies, health, social and other relevant initiatives and service delivery must address to achieve gender equality and support human rights. The overall objective of this Checklist is to support women living with HIV and community activists who care about the rights of women living with HIV to guarantee effective implementation of the WHO and UNAIDS Consolidated guideline on the SRHR of women living with HIV.
Keywords: HIV, sexual and reproductive health, women, human rights
The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health. This 2018 edition contains the latest available data for 36 health-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. It also links to the three SDG-aligned strategic priorities of the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work: achieving universal health coverage, addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations.
Keywords: HIV, TB, SDGs, UHC, health system
This policy brief is based on the results of the report entitled, “For Money and Sex – The HIV Vulnerability and Risks of MSM Migrant Workers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines,” which was produced with support from the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific.
This study intends to provide a brief context of the current situation of migrants’ health rights, primarily by looking at the progression of HIV and AIDS related policies and practices over time. HIV is considered an indicator because it is one of the most sensitive health conditions. As a treatable disease, considerations surrounding HIV extend beyond health and encompass social issues of stigma and discrimination. The aim of this study was to compile information to assess whether there had been any positive changes at the policy level in the protection of migrants’ health rights, as well as to identify remaining obstacles in the protection of migrant’s health rights, specifically as it concerns HIV.
The South-East Asia Regional Action Plan (RAP) for HIV (2017–2021) provides a clear vision of “zero new infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero discrimination” and a goal of “Ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030”. The action plan has targets of reducing new infections to 51 000 and AIDS related deaths to 43 000 annually and increasing the number of people living with HIV on ART to 2.9 million by 2020. It promotes a people-centred approach and is grounded in principles of human rights and health equity.
This publication examines the human and financial stakes involved in the WHO South-East Asia’s quest to end AIDS as a public health threat. It explores where and how programmes are working, where our efforts are falling short, and key actions that are needed to ensure that we get on track to end the epidemic.
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, SDG, public health
This publication documents the current scenario and future trajectory of the AIDS epidemic, with a special focus on the role of key populations and the recommendations of a brainstorming session in which participants engaged in “out-of-the-box” thinking aimed at ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Convened by WHO South-East Asia, along with key stakeholders, experts and community representatives, and held in New Delhi, India, the meeting examined the latest trends in Asia’s HIV epidemic and response, discussed ongoing and emerging challenges, and proposed a series of actions that would put all countries on track to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
This resource, developed by the United Nations Population Fund and Women Enabled International, provides practical and concrete guidance on the provision of inclusive and accessible services related to gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and young persons with disabilities. While the primary audience is GBV- and SRHR-related service providers, the guidelines are a valuable resource for all stakeholders — including those in government, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations — involved in designing, developing, implementing or advocating for GBV or SRHR services for women and young persons with disabilities.
Keywords: gender, sexual and reproductive health, women, young people
The number of countries providing harm reduction interventions to prevent drug-related death, HIV and hepatitis C has stalled since 2016, according to a new report today from Harm Reduction International (HRI). Of the estimated 15.6 million people who inject drugs worldwide, over half live with hepatitis C, and nearly 1 in 5 live with HIV.
The report, The Global State of Harm Reduction 2018, is the most comprehensive independent analysis to date on harm reduction policy and practice around the world. It reveals that just 86 countries provide needle and syringe programmes (NSP), despite injecting drug use being present in 179 countries. This marks a fall from 90 countries in 2016, with NSPs cut in Bulgaria, Laos and the Philippines.