A call for urgency to Ending AIDS by 2030 @ the 72 UN General Assembly
Humana People to People commit to achieving the Fast Track approach to End AIDS by 2030. Ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 requires renewed urgency.
UNAIDS working together with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is bringing world leaders together at a high-level side event during the 72 United Nations General Assembly to reinvigorate political leadership around HIV and AIDS. He will make a call to all countries to adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to achieve the global and regional targets as outlined in the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS.
The 72 United Nations General Assembly high level side event will demonstrate that the Fast-Track approach to ending AIDS is working and there are some positive impact it is having on health systems and on the broader sustainable development goals in Africa and beyond. A strong call will be made at the high level side event for political leadership to build momentum and deliver on the shared agenda of ending AIDS by 2030.
Humana People to People has engaged with many countries in Southern Africa including India and China on fighting HIV and AIDS over the past two decades. Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) and HOPE Humana are the major concepts which has been and are still working on organizing the community members into taking control against HIV and AIDS. However due to the emerging needs in the global tendencies of HIV and AIDS epidemic it demanded newer and streamlined approaches to the AIDS disease. Agenda 2030 has set SDG 3 – ensure good health for all including the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets as the global framework directing efforts seeking to achieve decided outcomes. Humana People to People’s TCE program stands ready to join forces with UNAIDS to achieve the set targets.
TCE is a systematic community mobilization drive against HIV and AIDS and TB. It targets communities with door-to-door campaigns, raising awareness, providing counseling, making referrals, distributing condoms, promoting Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), encouraging pregnant women to attend elimination of mother-to-child transmission programs (PMTCT), home-based testing and collaborating with local health structures to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS including TB, setting up community structures supporting linkage to care and treatment.
TCE targets individuals and communities, given that individuals within their environments need to take control of the epidemic to make a substantial and lasting change. New focus in achieving better control of the epidemic has seen some revision on how TCE is now concentrating its efforts where the HIV and AIDS need response.
Total Control of the Epidemic focus is now focusing on targeting more people with HIV testing, targeting enrolling people who are HIV+ on ART Treatment and targeting viral suppression among the people undergoing ART Treatment. The 3 focal points are all part of what UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets are calling for in-order to leave no-one behind with HIV and AIDS treatment and viral suppression.
In the year 2016, Humana People to People’s TCE program have managed to implement efficient HIV and AIDS interventions has reached 6.5 million people. Strategic campaigns were carried out in Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, India, Botswana, China and Angola that has seen 728 750 people tested for HIV out of which 49 500 tested HIV+. The people found HIV positive were enrolled onto ART Treatment and are continuously receiving community based care and support to ensure lasting ART Treatment adherence and avoid defaulting. The TCE Field Officers, the program’s foot soldiers who are responsible for person-to-person HIV basic counseling, community follow-ups and referral for medical support, are the integral cog in getting more people enrolling for medication and care.
Renewed efforts seeking to increase the number of people testing HIV+ (HIV sero positive yield/conversion) has demanded another approach in locating the people who are at most danger of HIV infection. HIV and TB Index Testing is a unique approach which has proved that targeting specific people with HIV Testing especially those close to someone diagnosed with HIV infection makes it easier to get many people on treatment. The Index Testing approach involve scouting for potential HIV+ individuals among each of the nucleus family members and the sexual partners of the person identified to be HIV+. The arrangement helps to guarantee HIV+ long-life, a better health and well-being.
In Botswana, South Africa and Zambia young women and adolescents girls are receive HIV and AIDS awareness messages, trainings and life skills in-order for them to become economically empowered and avoid entering into inter-generational sex as a means to earn an income. In South Africa, the intervention is offering HIV Testing services to adolescent girls (10-14) and (15-19), young women (20-24) and their male sex partners aged (25 – 49) years. Condom distribution and referral for ART Treatment is done for those who deserve such support.
Humana People to People has a shared vision with Agenda 2030 and UNAIDS as demonstrated through its efforts which are pushing for accelerated pace in implementing the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets among the countries which are lagging behind in meeting the targets.
It takes more to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being for all at all and achieve sustainable development.
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