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Live Life Positively: Know Your HIV status and take control

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Humana People to People joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day on the 1st of December. This year’s theme is Live Life Positively: Know your HIV status. HIV testing is on the spotlight as the call for knowing one’s HIV status, to take an informed stand, is becoming increasingly necessary to save lives.

Humana People to People through the Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) programme has for years been carrying out community mobilization activities in Africa, India and China impacting on millions of people’s lives through broader community mobilization strategies aimed at achieving HIV prevention, care, support and access to treatment in affected communities.

The TCE programme has been aligned with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy which seeks to achieve that 90% of all people living with HIV should know their status; 90% of all those who are diagnosed HIV positive to be on sustained antiretroviral treatment (ART); 90% of those on ART having an undetectable viral load. Humana People to People members are working to ensure people know their status, receive the sustained treatment they require, and achieve viral suppression.

Humana People to People has built strong relationships with national government health departments and international health organizations. In partnership, we are committed to reaching each person either affected or infected to gain effective control of HIV and AIDS and TB.

According to UNAIDS - United Nations AIDS department - around the world, 37 million people are living with HIV, the highest number ever, yet a quarter do not know that they have the virus. A newly published HIV and AIDS report from UNAIDS called Knowledge is Power shows that intensified HIV testing and treatment efforts are reaching more people living with HIV. In 2017, three quarters of people living with HIV knew their HIV status and 21.7 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment. The report also calls for increased efforts needed to reach the 9.4 million people living with HIV who are not aware they have the virus and the estimated 19.4 million people who do not have suppressed viral loads

 

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Why knowing one’s HIV status is important

Knowing your HIV status has many advantages. It is the essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services. People who test positive for HIV should be linked immediately to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and well. Further, when HIV viral load suppression is reached it helps to helps to reduce the chances of HIV transmission.

Knowing your HIV status also enables people to make informed decisions about HIV prevention options, including services to prevent children from becoming infected with HIV, male and female condoms, harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, voluntary medical male circumcision and pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis.

To remain healthy and to prevent transmission, the virus needs to be suppressed to undetectable or very low levels through sustained antiretroviral therapy. And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months.

 

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How TCE Programme is making a difference

Total Control of the Epidemic, Humana People to People’s HIV & AIDS programme, is centered on the idea that “Only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS the epidemic.” Since 2000, TCE have reached over 20 million people across 12 countries in Africa and Asia, connecting them with the information, services and support they need to live healthy and positive lives.

The TCE programme is based on community mobilization, HIV testing, tuberculosis screening, referrals to treatment, and support for HIV treatment adherence.

TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations. The people who are diagnosed with HIV are encouraged to enroll for treatment at local health centers. They are connected with healthcare providers to improve treatment uptake, and TCE Field Officers undertake follow-up services at the people’s homes.

In Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, Index Case Testing is used a method to target the people living with HIV who are not aware they have the virus. The method works like this: when one tests HIV positive, his/her family members and sexual partners are reached out to with HIV testing services. Targeting the people most susceptible to HIV risk means taking responsive actions to make it easy for the ones, who are infected but unaware of it, to get to know their status and access treatment, thus starting to work towards suppressing their viral load.

In Mozambique, Index Case Tracking has seen 38,612 sexual partners tested for HIV of whom 13,154 tested HIV positive in the year 2017. This milestone was achieved in an HIV testing campaign being done by ADPP Mozambique through HOPE Maputo project. In Namibia, the country has achieved success in fighting HIV and AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. DAPP Namibia has been running TCE programme for more than 10 years reaching 1.4 million Namibians as a result. In 2017, TCE in Namibia reached 50,623 people with testing, of whom 3,917 tested HIV positive.

People who test negative are further counselled on risk factors and risk reduction, encouraged to take a pro-active approach towards their sexual health and connected with appropriate services as necessary.

Mozambique Celebrates 25 years of ADPP teacher training

On 25 October 2018, ADPP Mozambique celebrated 25 years of ADPP teacher training at an event in Maputo. Today ADPP Mozambique has 11 teacher training colleges spread in all provinces of the country.

Below you can read the Federation Humana People to People’s greeting to this important event.

Murgwi, 24 October 2018

Dear all ADPP Teacher Training Colleges in Mozambique

Dear Students, Teachers and other staff

Dear Headmasters

Dear ADPP Mozambique

It is with great pride that we as the Humana People to People Movement salute you on the 25th anniversary of the ADPP Teacher Training in Mozambique.

The Teacher Training Colleges are true flagships of the Humana People to People sustainable development efforts over so many years. They express the vision of long-term development borne by the people – among which the teachers in any society play a pivotal role. So this celebration must be so loud and strong that it can be felt throughout the Federation Humana People to People – in all of Mozambique, in Angola, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, the DRC, Zambia and India, as well as in Europe and the United States, where members of the Federation Humana People to People have been long-term, consistent supporters of this programme.

The Teacher Training Colleges have created their position as local and national institutions, with their roots firmly in the Humana People to People Movement as well as in the local communities and the school societies wherever they are situated. They have learned from and together with the people around them.

The Teacher Councils of the Colleges are bearer of the pedagogical, communal and human way of thinking and the subsequent practice that characterize the teacher training and that have accomplished so many good teachers as a result.

The Students are always and will always be the main force that drives the teacher training. You who are there as students this year and this day are part of a much bigger movement, created with the start of the ADPP Teacher Training College in Maputo in 1993, and connected with the 52 other colleges in seven countries in Africa and India. When graduated, you will make the number of graduated teachers from the Humana People to People Teacher Training Colleges surpass 40.000. Dedicated teachers are more needed than ever. The job is not getting any easier with time, the challenges are huge – and you are trained to face them.

We salute the Government of Mozambique with its Ministry of Education as the primary partner of ADPP Mozambique’s Teacher Training programme, without whom it would never have been possible. Shared visions, political will to turn them into reality, courage to choose new and different ways, and at times heated debates have characterized this special partnership throughout the years.

We also salute the Humana People to People members who have supported the Teacher Training consistently since 1993 to this day, and who without doubt will continue to do so, trusting the efforts of ADPP Mozambique and the other six members of the Federation Humana People to People.

With this we wish you the best celebrations!

The Federation Humana People to People International Headquaters,
Murgwi Estate, Shamva, Zimbabwe

UNGA 73rd session unites to accelerate efforts on Ending TB

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The world leaders meet at the United Nations head office in Washington, USA for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) this September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

The theme of the general debate is, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’

Among other crucial deliberations is the unique session focusing on fighting TB. Heads of State will gather in New York on 26 September this year at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The high-level meeting was as a result of a need to place more focus on TB by UNGA Member States. The theme for the TB event is: "United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic".

The high-level meeting on TB is an important step forward by governments and all partners engaged in the fight against TB. It follows a very successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow on 16-17 November, 2017 which resulted in high-level commitments from Ministers and other leaders from 120 countries to accelerate progress to end TB.

Humana People to People notes that Tuberculosis mostly affects adults in their productive years. However, all age groups are at risk with children and women mostly at the receiving end of TB either through infection or as being affected as an aftermath. The harsh reality is that to a large extent the TB cases and deaths are in developing countries.

TB occurs in every part of the world. According to the 2017 Global Report on TB, the largest number of new TB cases occurred in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, with 62% of new cases, followed by the African region, with 25% of new cases. The World Health Organization points out that in 2017, 87% of new TB cases occurred in the 30 high TB burden countries. Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

Against such a backdrop, Humana People to People implements community based TB programmes fighting the spread of infection and promoting adoption of preventive measures to save lives. Humana People to People has over the years built a wealth of experience in fighting HIV and AIDS and such capacity has recently been adapted into designing the Total Control of TB programme which focus on intervening in addressing TB challenges in Southern Africa, India and China.

The Total Control of Tuberculosis (TC-TB) programme reduces the spread of TB and related deaths by increasing TB early diagnosis and treatment. The approach gives emphasis to door-to-door campaigning, voluntary testing and personal counseling. It relies on the close cooperation between the TC-TB Field Officers and local health centers as well as the active participation of local volunteers. HIV and TB form a lethal combination, each speeding the other's progress. Humana People to People thus approach HIV and TB by integrating HIV activities within the TC-TB programme, including actions for prevention and treatment of infection to reduce deaths.  

Humana People to People foresee the high-level meeting resulting in an ambitious Political Declaration on TB endorsed by Heads of State that will strengthen action and investments for the end-TB response, saving millions of lives.

Besides the TB High-Level Meeting there are other interesting meetings scheduled to occur; below are some unique ones:

On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.

On Thursday, 27 September, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue.

A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC 2018.

Launching the Humana People to People Progress Report 2017 

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The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is excited and proud to release its Humana People to People Progress Report 2017, demonstrating the value of its work over the past year. 

The shared vision on what development entails and the shared values among the members of the Federation Humana People to People is the foundation for the progress described in this report. That strength is what drives the sustainability of Humana People to People movement.

The report reflects on the journey travelled in 2017 and the transformations achieved benefitting millions of people across the main thematic areas where Humana People to People development work is centered. Thus an overview of health, education, community development, agriculture and clothes collection and sales programmes delivered by Humana People to People members. 

Some unique illustrations of impact incorporated in the report reveal how important the Humana People to People community based and people-driven project design is key in creating lasting development. 

Humana People to People remains more committed than ever to combating the increasingly complex challenges and threats facing the world today: illiteracy, epidemics, the effects of climate change, food insecurity and inequality, as the international community aligns its commitments with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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