World’s Largest HIV Self-Testing Initiative Expands in Critical New Phase

PARIS, 24 July 2017 – Three out of every 10 people living with HIV do not know they are infected with the virus. The HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, funded by Unitaid, has amassed compelling evidence that self-testing can reach more people than traditional diagnostics, enabling individuals to learn their HIV status when and where

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4 PSI Costumes to Inspire your Halloween

By Regina Moore, PSI Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume? At PSI we do whatever it takes to get life-saving health information to people, and often costumes are the perfect way to get people’s attention.  Check out some of the costumes we’ve used over the years, and don’t forget to share with us any

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Social and Structural Drivers

Scaling up proven biomedical and behavioral interventions isn’t enough

Social and structural drivers of the HIV epidemic: what’s the buzz about?

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It Takes a Market to get Men to Use Condoms in Africa. Here's How.

What can be done to increase the use of condoms by men in African countries? PSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) teamed up over the past year to study and report on the state of play in six African countries. The results are out in six new case studies that will be presented during a  consultative meeting on the Total Market Approach that PSI and UNFPA are hosting, today and tomorrow.

During the meeting, participants will discuss the findings from the six case studies conducted in African countries. Then, representatives from ten organizations will discuss how they can work together to support the development and implementation of the Total Market Approach in national markets for male condoms and other family planning supplies.

The UNFPA sponsored case studies were carried out in the past 12 months with support from two independent researchers in Botswana, Lesotho, Mali, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda. All of the countries have large condom social marketing programs, are affected by HIV, and have high maternal morbidity and mortality relative to their economic development.

Content for the case studies was based on a review of the literature, seven key TMA metrics calculated from national-level data, and interviews with stakeholders. All case studies were subject to review by stakeholders, including Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations in all six countries, UNFPA’s local and regional offices, UNFPA headquarters in New York City, PSI country and regional offices, and PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Each case study describe the market for male condoms in each of the countries, and the roles of the public, social marketing, and commercial sectors in those markets.

The cases illustrate the universe of need for condoms, levels of use, socioeconomic equity among users, and the market presence of condoms for reproductive health and HIV prevention (dual protection).

They also propose a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of condom markets.

The studies aim to inform the development of appropriate, evidence-based decisions to increase condom use equitably and sustainably through actions undertaken in the public, socially marketed, and commercial sectors.

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Healthy Dose September 12, 2011

Top StoryAIDS Fight Needs More Money to Succeed The magic number may be $6 billion to make a real dent in ending the spread of AIDS, reports Bloomberg. Studies in July provided the strongest evidence yet that medicines used since 1994 to treat HIV can almost eliminate the chance an infected person will pass the

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Healthy Dose August 23, 2011

Top StoryIs Malaria Being Over-treated? In Sub-Saharan Africa, a combination of inaccurate testing and patients quick to seek treatment has lead to a worrisome trend: treating patients for malaria when they do not have the disease. PBS reports: This scene plays out routinely across sub-Saharan Africa. Health workers often treat patients for malaria even when

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Lesotho Health Minister: “The Global Fund is Key”

Our friends at the ONE Campaign sit down with Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng, the minister of health for Lesotho. In the midst of a conversation about the health challenges that her country faces, Dr. Ramatlapeng discusses the vital role that the Global Fund plays in keeping people alive in her country. What’s the role of donor

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Healthy Dose February 23, 2011

Top Story U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Kicks Off The 55th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women began at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Details of all the meetings and panels are available UNWoman.org. Throughout the two weeks of CSW, an “Agreed Conclusions” document will be negotiated,

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Healthy Dose Valentine’s Day 2011

Top Story Raj Shah: Cutting USAID Budget Would Undermine U.S. Efforts in Afghanistan Reuters has the story: Rajiv Shah, a doctor and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said pledges from some leading lawmakers to cut funding for his agency, a prime target in Republican belt-tightening plans, would undermine the U.S. fight

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