Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to Support Country Implementation. WHO. (2017)


This Guidance is a milestone for translating the Global Strategy into action. It provides a wealth of information to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, donors, and civil society organizations – including the most up-to-date data on the major disease and injury burdens that affect adolescents. It supports the implementation of the Global Strategy by providing the comprehensive information that countries need to decide what to do for adolescent health, and how to do it. It builds on on-going efforts to ensure that adolescents can Survive, Thrive and are in a position to Transform the societies in which they live.

Keywords: HIV, adolescent, young people, sexual and reproductive health


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National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS Myanmar 2016-2020. Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar. (2017)


The Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2016–2020 is the strategic guide for the country’s response to HIV at national, state/regional and local levels. The framework describes the current dynamics of the HIV epidemic and articulates a strategy to optimize investments through a fast track approach with the vision of ending HIV as a public health threat by 2030. Myanmar’s third National Strategic Plan (HIV NSP III) issues a call to all partners to front-load investments to close the testing gap and reach the 90–90–90 prevention and treatment targets to protect health for all.

Keywords: HIV, ART, human rights, gender, key populations


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Independent Multi-country Review of Community Engagement in Grant Making and Implementation Processes: Lessons Learned, Key Principles, and Ways Forward. Baran C, Messerschmidt L, and O’Connor M. (2017)


This independent review, commissioned by the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Department at the Global Fund Secretariat, shares findings, conclusions, and recommendations for enhancing the meaningful engagement of communities in all phases of Global Fund grants, with an emphasis on grant making and grant implementation. The review synthesizes lessons learned and good practices for how communities engage meaningfully, and identifies key principles and strategic actions the Global Fund can take to ensure greater accountability between communities, Country Coordinating Mechanisms, other key stakeholders, and the Global Fund itself.

Keywords: HIV, strategy, community, advocacy


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Afghanistan DHS 2015 - 8 Regional Fact Sheets. Central Statistics Organization (CSO), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and ICF. (2017)


The 2015 Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey (AfDHS) provides data for monitoring the health situation of the population in Afghanistan. The survey is based on a nationally representative sample. It provides estimates at the national and provincial levels, as well as for urban and rural areas.


Keywords: antenatal Care, women, health facility, violence, health care

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- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Capital Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Central Highland Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Eastern Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Northern Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 North Eastern Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Southern Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 South Eastern Region Fact Sheet

- Afghanistan DHS 2015 Western Region Fact Sheet



State Sponsored Homophobia 2017: A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws: Criminalisation, Protection and Recognition (Geneva; ILGA, May 2017). Carroll A and Mendos L R. (2017)


In this edition, the theme of Protection of our Communities underpins the short essays and entries on countries. There is, therefore, significant attention paid to the concept of persecution and the necessity to  flee, as well as to barriers to the founding, establishment and/or registration of sexual orientation-related NGOs, along with a new category about countries which have banned so-called ‘conversion therapy’. As we witness threats to civil society spaces in countries traditionally known for their openness, and new pieces of legislation being adopted in more repressive societies, this is a much needed discussion. In times when basic democratic principles and even notions of respect for human rights, solidarity, and the rule of law are under threat, we witness everyday how the gains made by the broader human rights movement are never set in stone, and must be fought for and protected  continuously.


Keywords: human rights, civil society, sexual orientation


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Advocating for Change for Adolescents! A Practical Toolkit for Young People to Advocate for Improved Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. WHO. (2017)


This toolkit was developed by young people, for young people, to be used by networks of youth-led and youth-serving organizations to change the world! The toolkit will also be useful for others, including civil society groups, government departments and everyone concerned with adolescent health and well-being. The purpose of this toolkit is to guide the design, implementation and monitoring of an effective national advocacy action roadmap to bring about positive policy-specific changes to improve the health and well-being of adolescents.


Keywords: health, advocacy, national policies, strategies and plans


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World Health Statistics 2017: Monitoring Health for the SDGs. WHO. (2017)


The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual compilation of health statistics for its 194 Member States. World Health Statistics 2017 compiles data on 21 health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, with 35 indicators, as well as data on life expectancy. This edition also includes, for the first time, success stories from several countries that are making progress towards the health-related SDG targets.


Keywords: HIV, SDGs, universal health coverage, hepatitis, tuberculosis


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Investing in a Research Revolution for LGBTI Inclusion. Badgett M V L and Crehan P R. (2016)


This paper highlights for discussion the critical research and knowledge gaps with regard to human rights and inclusion for LGBTI people that require investments to ensure that they are part of the human rights and development agendas. In light of these significant gaps, the paper outlines a number of high-priority research needs that have been identified as a result of wide-ranging consultations with civil society organizations, governments, research institutions, human rights and development agencies, and researchers. Finally, the paper presents a set of proposed strategic investments to focus on those high-priority topics. These investments would also build an LGBTI research infrastructure to produce and share knowledge about LGBTI people and issues.

Keywords: LGBTI, SOGI, human rights, research, data


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Transgender and HIV Risk. UNAIDS. (2017)


Transgender people are 49 times more likely to acquire HIV than all adults of reproductive age. They face, from a young age, stigma, discrimination and social rejection in their homes and communities for expressing their gender identity. Such discrimination, violence and criminalization prevent transgender people from getting the HIV services they need stay healthy. 

Keywords: HIV, transgender, community, health service

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Advocacy in Uncertain Times: A Call to Action. AVAC. (2017)


AVAC’s report for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on the state of the HIV vaccine research and development field, including key priorities for advancing research and sustaining support.


Keywords: HIV, vaccine, PrEP, prevention, financing 



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