Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation Observes National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness Day
National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is a community mobilization initiative designed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, care and treatment among youth ages 12 to 25 in the United States.
This campaign has four main objectives:
· Education: Distribute information about HIV/AIDS
· Testing: Establish April 10th as an annual day for youth to get an HIV test
· Involvement: Increase the number of youth involved in prevention campaigns and mobilizes communities around HIV/AIDS
· Treatment: Raise awareness of treatment services and information for HIV+ youth
When is NYHAAD recognized?
April 10, 2013, this is
the first year of its observance.
Why is an awareness day needed?
About 1 in 4 (26%) of all new HIV infections occur among youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years. About 60% of youth living with HIV do not know they are infected and therefore don’t receive treatment. This puts them at risk for sickness and early death. These youth can also unknowingly pass HIV to others.
Who are the organizers?
NYHAAD is a national initiative of the project Advocates For Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates For Youth believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
Advocates For Youth envision a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. The core values of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility® (3Rs) animate this vision:
Youth have rights to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
Youth deserve respect. Today, young people are largely perceived as part of the problem. Valuing young people means they are part of the solution and are included in developing programs and policies that affect their well-being.
Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health. In turn, young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Pangaea's Barrot Lambdin and co-authors are featured in the UNAIDS journal HIV This Month, Issue no. 2. February 2013. The article is also slated for future publication in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Read the abstract, and download the full issue using the link provided below.
BACKGROUND:: In 2004, the Mozambican Ministry of Health began a national scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) using a vertical model of HIV clinics co-located within large, urban hospitals. In 2006, the ministry expanded access by integrating ART into primary health care clinics. METHODS:: We conducted a retrospective cohort study including adult, ART-naive patients initiating ART between January 2006 and June 2008 in public sector clinics in Manica and Sofala provinces. Cox proportional hazards models with robust variances were used to estimate the association between clinic model (vertical/integrated), clinic location (urban/rural) and clinic experience (1 6 months/post-1 6 months) and attrition occurring in early patient follow-up (≤6 months) and attrition occurring in late patient follow-up (>6 months), while controlling for age, sex, education, pre-ART CD4 count, WHO stage and pharmacy staff burden. RESULTS:: A total of 11,775 patients from 17 clinics were studied. The overall attrition rate was 37 per 100 person-years. Patients attending integrated clinics had a higher risk of attrition in late follow-up (HR=1.75 (95%CI: 1.04-2.94)), and patients attending urban clinics (HR=0.57 (95%CI: 0.35-0.91)) had a lower risk of attrition in late follow-up. Though not statistically significant, clinics open for longer than 6 months (HR=0.72 (95%CI: 0.51 - 1.02)) had a lower risk of attrition in early follow-up. CONCLUSION:: Patients attending vertical clinics had a lower risk of attrition. Utilizing primary health clinics to implement ART is necessary to reach higher levels of coverage; however, further implementation strategies should be developed to improve patient retention in these settings.
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is an annual HIV awareness campaign that mobilizes faith-based to contribute toward the access and distribution of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is in its 24th year, taking place March 3-9, 2013.
This national faith mobilization campaign encourages people of faith to take action toward reducing the stigma around HIV/AIDS, and to promote compassion to persons living with and affected by HIV.
Local Events in Oakland for the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS:
Allen Temple Baptist Church, located in Oakland, California, is a faith-based organization, seeking to combat the fear, prejudice and lack of knowledge surrounding HIV/AIDS. The Allen Temple AIDS Ministry provides medical and social services. The AIDS Ministry also encourages and supports HIV testing, advocates for compassionate care and treatment for persons living with HIV/AIDS. These efforts focus solely on two geographic areas presently in crisis; East Oakland, California and Zimbabwe, Africa. The AIDS Ministry team consists of a diverse group of dedicated and committed individuals who donate their time, talents and/or financial dollars to support the programs and services of the Ministry. The National Week of Prayer, provides an opportunity for people of all faiths to unite with purpose, compassion, and hope. For more information contact: www.allen-temple.org/community-care/aids-ministry; http://nationalweekofprayerforthehealingofaids.org
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation is proud to support the recent appointment of Christine Stegling as Executive Director of The Global Advisory Board of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). Ms. Stegling’s extensive management background and community activism in the Global South will certainly contribute to her new leadership role with the ITPC.
Ms. Stegling’s past positions include her current role as the Associate Director, Best Practice and the Senior Advisor for Human Rights and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Involvement at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. She was also the founding executive director of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), has served as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Human Rights since 2009, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the AIDS Rights Alliance Southern Africa since 2004.
Ms. Stegling, who will assume her new role as of May 2013, remarked: “I could not be more thrilled to join ITPC at this critical time. While effective treatments have substantially diminished the threat posed by HIV in resource-rich countries, they remain out of reach in much of the Global South, where the epidemic continues to rage. Through its regional networks, ITPC plays an absolutely essential role in bringing to the table the voices of the most heavily impacted communities.”
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation looks forward to celebrating Ms. Stegling’s appointment as Executive Director of the ITPC and its continued efforts to provide support and access to treatment for people and communities living with HIV.
The third annual WOMEN DELIVER Global Conference will take place on May 28-30, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. EARLY BIRD registration is now open and will close on February 15, 2013. Early bird registrants will receive a 20% reduction on registration and get a wide choice of discounted hotel rooms. Please visit their conference site often to find information on the program, media, partner events, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, and more.