Women and Girls and HIV. UNAIDS. (2018)

We cannot stand by and allow the quality of life of women and girls to be held back and their hopes and dreams for the future to slip away. We must work collectively to close the gaps that continue to leave women and girls behind. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 depends on advancing a social justice agenda that demands access to education, employment, health services, justice and political representation, free from discrimination and violence.
Keywords: HIV, knowledge, sexual and reproductive health, rights, health services, discrimination, violence

ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (ASEAN RPA on EVAW). ASEAN. (2018)

Violence against women (VAW) is a violation of human rights which is a form of discrimination  against women. It is a manifestation of historically and structurally unequal power relations and inequalities between women and men, which prevail in all countries and which impacts all aspect of the victim’s private and public life. VAW violates human rights and fundamental freedoms of women limits their access to control over and ownership of resource, and impedes the full development of their  potential.
Keywords: HIV, women, girls, violence, human rights

ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children (ASEAN RPA on EVAC). ASEAN. (2018)

The elimination of violence against children (VAC) is a challenge in all countries and in every society, race, class and culture. It is a violation of human rights, upheld in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which prescribes that every child has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence. All children have the right to be respected for their human dignity, physical and psychological integrity and to equal protection.
Keywords: HIV, violence, abuse, children,  sexual violence

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


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