Guide to Develop a National Action Plan on Public-private Mix for Tuberculosis Prevention and Care. WHO and USAID. (2017)

This new document – the guide to develop a national TB PPM action plan – is a planning document designed to facilitate the integration of strong PPM components into national TB strategic plans that are supposed to be the basis for Global Fund proposals and national budgeting processes, and will help drive a more comprehensive approach to provider engagement in TB care and prevention.
Keywords: TB, strategy, diagnosis, treatment, health system

Tuberculosis Patient Cost Surveys: A Handbook. WHO. (2017)

This handbook builds on lessons learned from surveys implemented 2015-2017 and advice provided by the Global task force on TB patient cost surveys. It provides a standardized methodology for conducting health facility-based cross-sectional surveys to assess the direct and indirect costs incurred by TB patients and their households. In addition, it provides recommendations on results dissemination, engaging across sectors in policy dialogue and enabling action and related research for effective modifications in care delivery models, in patient support, and wider cross-sectoral interventions.
Keywords: TB, strategy, evaluation, research tools

Good Practice Guide: Gender-transformative HIV Programming. Fried S and Webbe V. (2018)

This guide considers the many ways in which gender and HIV interact, and how this is influenced by variables such as education, income, age, ethnicity, race, disability, migrant status, health, location, and sexual orientation.
It contains tools, evidence and good practice to ensure that HIV programming responds to and addresses harmful gender norms, structures and stereotypes that act as a barrier to HIV prevention, treatment and care, and the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Keywords: HIV, gender, violence, services, women, girls

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2017. Sander G. (2018)

The report examines critical developments on the death penalty for drug offences in law and practice worldwide, revealing one central and unsettling tension: the situation is at once improving and getting worse.
On the one hand, alongside important legal and policy changes, executions for drugs in many High Application States have been steadily declining since 2015. At the same time, political support for the abolition of the death penalty for drug offences has been gathering global momentum. On the other hand, however, these recent signs of progress are being eclipsed by the dramatic surge in extrajudicial executions for drugs in the Philippines, and the ripple effects this is having in the region and beyond.
Keywords: drugs, discrimination, legal, human rights

INCB Annual Report 2017. International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). (2018)

The INCB Annual Report, prepared in accordance with the international drug control treaties, examines the global drug control situation, and makes recommendations to Governments and regional and international organizations. The thematic chapter of the INCB Annual Report for 2017 focuses on treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration for drug use disorders as essential components of drug demand reduction.  The Report also focuses on the linkages between human rights and drug control policy, particularly as 2018 marks the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The Report's review of the functioning of the international drug control system also contains a number of key policy positions of the Board, for example on the non-medical use of cannabis and "drug consumption rooms".
Keywords:  human rights, drug, violence, treatment, services

Stop TB Partnership Annual Report 2016. Stop TB Partnership, UNOPS. (2017)

2016 was a year in which the world faced many major challenges, including disease outbreaks, humanitarian emergencies, and momentous political shifts. The global health community was challenged to ensure the health of the world’s poorest citizens was not forgotten among the headlines. Our task now is to remind the world that investing in health is not an optional luxury, but an essential element to human and economic development.
Keywords: TB, HIV/AIDS, Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR), monitoring, funding

Overview Report of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index: Study in Seven Countries in the Pacific. Tremlett L. (2018)

This report highlights the findings from a seven country study of stigma and discrimination in the Pacific region funded by the Global Fund through the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. The report will also give recommendations for how stigma and discrimination can be reduced and ultimately eliminated in the region in line with UNAIDS’ global treatment targets such as 90-90-90.
By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
Keywords: PLHIV, stigma, discrimination, human rights

Zero Discrimination Day 2018. UNAIDS. (2018)

No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.
Keywords: HIV, health care, stigma, discrimination, gender

Recent Infection Testing Algorithm Technical Update — Applications for HIV Surveillance and Programme Monitoring. UNAIDS. (2018)

This technical update provides public health officials with guidance on applying HIV incidence assays and testing algorithms for recent HIV infection in order to monitor the HIV epidemic and assess the impact of interventions. A major theme of this update is the importance of calibrating two of the key performance characteristics of recent testing infections algorithms—mean duration of recent infection and false recent ratio— to account for the context in which the testing is being done. This technical update also describes several emerging use cases in the application of recent infection testing algorithms and tests, including those for individual-level use. A final section on further research directions is provided to highlight areas that still require investigation.
Keywords: HIV, testing, public health, infection

Health Indicators 2017: Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation of Strategy Health for All. Ministry of Health Malaysia. (2017)


This is the 33 edition of the "Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation of The Strategy Health for All" since the first Common Framework for evaluation (CFE) was carried out in 1985. The global indicators have remained unchanged ever since. These indicators represented the essential minimum for member countries of WHO to evaluate their own national strategy towards HFA goals.

Keywords: monitoring and evaluation, health system, policies, strategies


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