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  • STOPAIDS Policy Report states UK Funds for HIV/AIDS Falling

    By Robyn | September 20, 2017

    Southern Africa is the most affected region in the world by HIV/AIDS.

    STOPAIDS, a network of UK NGOS of which ACTSA is a member has last week released report, A Stocktake Review of DIFID’s Work on HIV and AIDS which reviews the HIV and AIDS work carried out by the Department for International Development and states UK government funding on HIV/AIDS is falling.

    At present there has been no HIV/AIDS Strategy since 2015 and the report has been produced in the wake of DIFID’s refusal to carry out a strategic review of its support for work on HIV/AIDS. This is despite strong support for a such a review from both civil society and parliamentarians.

    The report takes into consideration the multiple funding streams for HIV/AIDS work and highlights several key downfalls. These include, notably, that the massive cuts to DIFID’s country office programmes have not been offset by the UK’s contributions to the Global Fund. Claims that reductions in dedicated progamme funding have occurred as the result of a rise in integrated programme funding have also come under question. The report states overall funding is declining, with funding for civil society amongst the worst hit.

    Other key findings include the remarkable absence of HIV from other significant DIFID strategies including the Strategic Vision on Women and Girls and DIFID’s Youth Agenda. Although the report does concede there has been some indication that moving forwards HIV will form a more central part of DIFID’s women and girl’s strategy.

    Looking forwards from a programmatic perspective, STOPAIDS recommends that DIFID formalise and make public their approach to HIV. Given the present absence of an HIV strategy it has been suggested that the report could be used to articulate priorities within global HIV response.

    Overall the reports findings highlight that  DIFID’s commitment to the HIV response has been inconsistent, funding has decreased, and a formalised strategic approach is desperately lacking

    DFID does not have country programmes for the five countries with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS adult prevalence,

    Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.

    When DFID cut its country programme for South Africa a couple of years ago it meant that the Treatment Action Campaign lost 15% of its core financial support.

    Eight countries in the world have an HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate in double figures. All are in Southern Africa. DFID has country programmes in/for three, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

    The report is available for download from the STOPAIDS website. 

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    World Aids Day 2016: Achievements have been made but the battle is far from over

    By ACTSA | December 2, 2016

    1 December is World AIDS Day.

    World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Thabo Mbeki on HIV/AIDS and TAC’s response

    By ACTSA | March 8, 2016

    Thabo Mbeki has sought to justify his position on HIV/AIDS in an open letter published on 7 March. The former President denies that he said HIV did not cause AIDS and claims he was criticised and condemned for Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day: end of AIDS not in sight

    By ACTSA | December 2, 2015

    1 December is World Aids Day. There have been positive developments on HIV/AIDS, many more people living with HIV are receiving medication enabling them to live productive, active and longer lives. Particularly in northern, western societies there may be less stigma and discrimination toward those who are HIV positive but it still exists.  There is still a long way to go and the end of AIDS is not in sight.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS needs remobilising

    By Mark | December 1, 2014

    Source: New Statesman
    By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

    Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders. 

    It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »

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    A letter from Cape Town

    By Mark | November 19, 2014

    I am having a week’s holiday in Cape Town.   On the day I arrived, the South African Parliament descended into chaos.   This was entirely coincidental.   It was obvious that the vote on the Nkandla report in the Parliament would be controversial.   It was entirely predictable that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would use the occasion to make a Read the rest of this entry »

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    Save TAC

    By Mark | November 12, 2014

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded in South Africa in December 1998 to campaign for access to AIDS treatment. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important civil society organisations active on AIDS in the developing world.

    Today the future of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s most iconic and successful post-apartheid health and human rights movement, is under threat.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Government accuse pharmaceutical companies of genocide

    By Mark | January 27, 2014

    Source: Mail and Guardian

    Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has accused a group of multinational pharmaceutical companies active in South Africa of conspiring against the state, the people of South Africa and the populations of developing countries – and of planning what amounts to mass murder.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    UNISON pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | December 6, 2013

    UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today paid tribute to the courage and determination of Nelson Mandela, who has died in South Africa.

    “Nelson Mandela was a truly great man. His courage, determination and dignity in the face of extreme and harsh imprisonment was an inspiration to the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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