Factsheet: Unitaid and Hepatitis C in the Context of Co-infection with HIV. UNITAID. (2017)

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According to the WHO, about 2.3 million people are co-infected with HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Moreover, there were an estimated 1.75 million new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections worldwide in 2015. HCV usually presents only mild symptoms, if any, until it is at an advanced stage, thereby making it difficult to recognize the disease early.


Keywords: HIV, HCV, diagnosis, treatment

 

 

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Global Action Plan on HIV Drug Resistance 2017–2021. WHO. (2017)

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Preventing and managing the emergence of HIVDR is a key component of a comprehensive and effective HIV response, and should be integrated into broader efforts to ensure sustainability and greatest impact. It is essential that actions to monitor, prevent and respond to HIVDR are implemented at the clinical, programme and policy levels to address the many drivers of HIVDR.

The goal of this Global Action Plan is to articulate synergistic actions that will be required to prevent HIVDR from undermining efforts to achieve global targets on health and HIV, and to provide the most effective treatment to all people living with HIV including adults, key populations, pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and adolescents. 

 


Keywords: HIV, prevention, response, monitoring, surveillance

 

 

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The Maternal Health Thematic Fund: Towards Equality in Access, Quality of Care and Accountability. UNFPA. (2017)

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This report highlights the key results achieved over Phase II of the MHTF, from 2014 to 2016, structured around the three cross-cutting principles of accountability, equality of access and quality of care, as outlined in the MHTF Business Plan Phase II (2014-2017). The report foregrounds the MHTF’s role in supporting health systems strengthening, and addresses its catalytic nature, its promotion of sustainability and its strong emphasis on advancing innovation.


Keywords: health care, women, girls, human rights, gender

 

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Transition to New Antiretrovirals in HIV Programmes: Clinical and Programmatic Considerations. WHO. (2017)

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WHO has recommended adopting drug regimens with high potency, lower toxicity, high genetic barriers to resistance, usefulness across different populations and lower cost. The use of optimized drug regimens can improve the durability of the treatment and quality of care of people living with HIV.

Adopting optimized antiretroviral (ARV) drug regimens can significantly affect the speed at which the 90 –90 –90 targets are achieved, enhancing access to treatment and improving treatment outcomes with impact on treatment adherence, viral suppression and the quality of life of people living with HIV, reducing pressures on health systems and the risk of HIV transmission.


Keywords: HIV, ARV, drugs, TB, treatment

 

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At the Edge of a Miracle: The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Epidemic in Malaysia. Rahman F. (2017)

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The hepatitis C virus (HCV) has long since been a neglected disease, given long latency periods before any chronic illness manifests, and the low cure rate and numerous side effects of the pegylated interferon-ribavirin treatment (hereinafter PEGINF). However, of late, given the development of revolutionary drugs called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) that can cure the disease in as little as 8 weeks, international interest, and with it, international financial investment, has peaked.


Keywords: HIV/HCV, co-infection, diagnostic, testing, treatment

 

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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Asia Pacific Region: A Development Agenda. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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This report provides in-depth technical discussions in areas that have direct implications to the containment of AMR as a development agenda. The report is organized in five chapters which served as the technical background documents for the Biregional Technical Consultation on AMR in Asia, 14-15 April 2016. More information from the meeting is available in the WHO Meeting Report: Biregional Technical Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance in Asia. The meeting was the first time senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture across Asia came together to tackle AMR.

 

Keywords: drug resistance, microbial, infection control

 

 

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Key Considerations for Differentiated Antiretroviral Therapy Delivery for Specific Populations: Children, Adolescents, Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and Key Populations. WHO. (2017)

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This document provides key considerations on when clinically stable children, adolescents and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as members of key populations (people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people living in prisons and closed settings) can benefit from access to ART services for clinically stable clients, including less frequent clinic visits and multi-month refills for ART and other medications. The guidance provides the rationale and the approach to expand differentiated ART delivery to populations of people living with HIV who previously may not have been considered “eligible” for ART delivery models for clinically stable clients.

 

Keywords: HIV, ART, treatment, health care

 

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Novel Point-of-care Tools for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV. WHO. (2017)

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The advent of point-of-care (POC) Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) technologies is a breakthrough that creates the opportunity to increase coverage of EID testing. It will allow same-day test results and enable the initiation of earlier treatment, as well as address some of the key limitations of conventional EID networks – in particular long turnaround times for tests and high rates of loss to follow up.


Keywords: HIV, infants, diagnosis, testing, treatment

 

 

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Hepatitis Infographic. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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Infographic on hepatitis produced by WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

 

 

 


Keywords: hepatitis, deaths, prevention, treatment, policy

 


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Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Bacteria. WHO. (2017)

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The present guidance was developed with the support of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) to assist countries and other stakeholders in the establishment and development of programmes of integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in the foodborne bacteria (i.e., bacteria commonly transmitted by food) by taking a One Health approach. This guidance document replaces the previous version published in 2013.

 

Keywords: antimicrobial use, analysis, reporting, data

 

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