HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines: April 2018. Epidemiology Bureau, Department of Health. (2018)


In April 2018, there were 924 new HIV antibody seropositive individuals reported to the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP). Nineteen
percent (179) had clinical manifestations of advanced HIV infection (WHO clinical stage 3 or 4) at the time of diagnosis.

Keywords: HIV, AIDS cases, ART, PLHIV, mode of transmission, newly diagnosed


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Legal Gender Recognition in the Philippines: A Legal and Policy Review. UNDP, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (2018).


The Legal Gender Recognition in the Philippines: A Legal and Policy Review is the cumulative result of the desk review of laws, regulations, and policies regarding legal gender recognition in the Philippines. It likewise included research into how these existing laws, regulations, and policies are implemented and how they impact or will impact on transgender people in the Philippines. The project also looked into local transgender community efforts and initiatives that could provide new platforms for asserting transgender rights or those which could open the doors for more enhanced collaboration among the various sectors.

Keywords: LGBTI, laws, policies, sexual orientation, transgender


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Annual Report 2017. National STD/AIDS Control Programme, Sri Lanka. (2018)


This volume of NSACP annual report summarizes the activities conducted by the NSACP during 2017 and presents the strategic information on STI and HIV collected from all the peripheral STD clinics and ART centers situated island-wide. It is noted with satisfaction that over the years the annual report of NSACP has become a reliable reference document on HIV and STI situation in the country to both the public and the research community.


Keywords: HIV, STI, testing, treatment, EMTCT


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TB-HIV Factsheet 2018. Data Hub. (2018)


Concerted and integrated efforts are needed to prevent and address both TB and TB-HIV burden in the region.

2 out of 3 TB infections globally are in Asia and the Pacific and 60% of MDR-TB burden is in this region. Globally, Asia and the Pacific is the home for 13% of PLHIV but 20% of TB-HIV co-infections are in this region. Systematic collaboration between TB-HIV programmes will save lives and improve the quality of life of people living with and affected by HIV and TB.

Keywords: Asia Pacific, TB-HIV, treatment, co-infections


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UNAIDS Gender Action Plan 2018–2023 — A Framework for Accountability. UNAIDS. (2018)


Gender equality in the workplace is a human right and critical to the performance and effectiveness of UNAIDS. Organizations with more equal representation of women at the senior management level considerably outperform their counterparts with a lower representation of women in senior positions. Gender-balanced teams have greater potential for creativity and innovation and contribute to better outcomes in decisionmaking. The centrality of advancing gender equality, including through the achievement of gender parity, is increasingly being recognized, as signalled by the historic System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, launched by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2017.

Keywords: gender equality, women, empowerment, human rights


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Survive, Thrive, Transform — Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) — 2018 Monitoring Report: Current Status and Strategic Priorities. WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWomen, The World Bank Group. (2018)


The report sets out the status of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, and on health systems and social and environmental determinants. Regional dashboards on 16 key indicators highlight where progress is being made or lagging. There is progress overall, but not at the level required to achieve the 2030 goals. There are some areas where progress has stalled or is reversing, namely neonatal mortality, gender inequalities and health in humanitarian settings. The report also highlights new evidence with a special focus on early childhood development as a foundation for health and well-being across the life course. There are new estimates on the causes of death in children older than 5 years; most are preventable. Each section of the report highlights strategic priorities, interventions and approaches that could help countries address challenges and accelerate progress.

Keywords: UHC, women, children, adolescent, health


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LINKAGES Capacity Development Midline Assessment: Tracking Progress Towards Performance Improvement. Pact. (2018)


The Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project conducts a range of HIV prevention activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs) and to improve their enrollment and retention in care. These reports offer up-to-date knowledge that can be used to strengthen HIV and AIDS programming for key populations worldwide.


Keywords: HIV, assessment, key populations, data analysis


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Manual for Male Circumcision under Local Anaesthesia and HIV Prevention Services for Adolescent Boys and Men. WHO. (2018)


Safety and people-centred health services are top priority as male circumcision is implemented to reduce the risk of HIV among men in high burden countries. WHO and Jhpiego are launching the 2018 Manual for Male Circumcision under local anesthesia and other HIV prevention services for adolescent boys and men to support the ongoing delivery of high quality services. Since the 2007 WHO and UNAIDS recommendation to add male circumcision as an intervention in a package of services to reduce men’s risk of heterosexually acquiring HIV, extensive practical experience has been gained and lessons learned.

Keywords: HIV, prevention, male circumcision, counselling 

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Chapter 1. Overview of Male Circumcision as an HIV Prevention Strategy

Chapter 2. An Opportunity for Expanded Services for Adolescent Boys and Men

Chapter 3. Facilities, Supplies and Infrastructure for Male Circumcision Programmes

Chapter 4. Recordkeeping, Reporting and Quality Assurance

Chapter 5. Infection Prevention and Control 

Chapter 6. Educating and Counselling Clients, and Obtaining Informed Consent

Chapter 7. Preprocedure Screening of Clients and Preparations for the Circumcision Procedure

Chapter 8. Basic Surgical Skills Required for Safe Circumcision

Chapter 9. Circumcision Methods for Adolescent Boys and Men

Chapter 10. Postoperative Care and Management of Adverse Events During and After Circumcision

Annex 10.3. Adverse Event Action Guide for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision by Surgery or Device, 2nd Edition

Global Prison Trends 2018. Rope O and Sheahan F. (2018)


Global Prison Trends 2018 is the fourth edition in Penal Reform International’s annual series, published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice. The report analyses trends in criminal justice and the use of imprisonment and, as in previous years, these show that while overall crime rates around the world have declined, the number of people in prison on any given day is rising.


Keywords: prisoner, women, children, justice, healthcare, laws



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Implementation of the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map. UNAIDS. (2018)


This first progress report shows that members of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition have mobilized around strengthening HIV primary prevention. There are clear signs of renewed political commitment and strengthened institutional arrangements for planning and managing prevention programmes. Most member countries have moved fast to develop HIV prevention action plans, and there are many examples of excellent and innovative new initiatives. Furthermore, interest in the HIV prevention agenda and the Coalition is growing. A global accountability process has been set up, with score cards that track progress across a range of high-priority prevention programme areas.

Keywords: HIV, prevention, health services, new infections


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