UNAIDS warns that countries urgently need to take proven, tailored, evidence-informed primary HIV prevention programmes to scale in addition to increasing access to treatment.

AMSTERDAM/GENEVA, 24 July 2018—UNAIDS is urging countries to take bold action to address the HIV prevention crisis. Around 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017 and around 50 countries experienced a rise in new HIV infections as HIV prevention services are not being provided on an adequate scale or with sufficient intensity.

France will host the Sixth Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2019. The result may make or break the Global Fund. Although the date of the conference is not formally confirmed, it is likely to be sometime between June, when France will host the G7, and September (the UN General Assembly in New York). With a pre-replenishment conference expected around January, the investment case for donors needs to be ready by the end of 2018. And, with a crucial Global Fund Board meeting in November, there are only 4 months left to decide the broad outlines of that case. This terrifyingly narrow time window matters because the Fund remains uncertain about its argument for replenishment. Uncertainty before one of the most important moments in the Fund’s history is not a good place to be.

The wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia, has praised civil society organizations and movements their efforts towards the advancement of public health globally.

Representatives of about hundred (100) health-sector civil society organizations, community-based organizations, and key vulnerable population networks from twenty-four English-speaking African countries, have converged in Accra, for the 3RD annual Anglophone Africa Community, Rights and Gender Platform meeting.

EANNASO in collaboration with the Tanzania TB Community Forum, Kibong’oto Infectious Diseases Hospital, Simanjiro District Tuberculosis and Leprosy Coordinator and Mererani Health Center observed World TB Day on March 24 in Mererani, Tanzania.

The theme of World TB Day 2018 was “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”. The theme focused on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.