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Unitaid drives expansion in HIV self-testing to get more people to know their status

News | 30 November 2018
Geneva – Knowing their HIV status gives people the means to seek treatment, but one in four people living with HIV are not aware they have the disease. In response, Unitaid is investing in innovative diagnostics to bring that knowledge to those in greatest need and often hardest to reach with HIV testing, including key populations, men and young people in Africa. A report launched jointly today with Population Services International (PSI), London...

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Nine quick facts about Unitaid’s investment in advanced HIV

News | 24 January 2019
Q&A What is advanced HIV disease? People with advanced HIV disease have a very weakened immune system, putting them at high risk of deadly opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis (TB), cryptococcal meningitis, pneumocystis pneumonia and other bacterial and parasitic diseases. HIV destroys essential immune system cells (CD4) that protect the body from infections. Hence, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines advanced HIV disease as havi...

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“MTV SHUGA” launches three new campaigns in South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire, focusing on HIV prevention and self-testing

News | 25 July 2018
Amsterdam – Unitaid, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation (MTV SAF) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine today announced a three-year partnership to introduce storylines on HIV innovation, including HIV self-testing and preventive drugs (PrEP) into the award-winning drama series MTV Shuga. The programme is designed to help millions of young viewers in French- and English-speaking Africa protect themselves from HIV. The effort, unveile...

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HIV self-testing market gathers pace, Unitaid report says

News | 26 July 2018
Geneva – To meet the UNAIDS target–that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status by 2020–we must move beyond conventional testing and invest in strategies such as self-testing. The fourth edition of the Unitaid-WHO market and technology landscape for HIV self-testing, published today, shows more and more countries introducing self-testing, and more self-testing products becoming available. Countries with HIV self-testing policies nu...

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Thirteen countries from Asia and the Pacific plan scale-up of PrEP and HIV self-testing

News | 01 November 2018
BANGKOK – Representatives from 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October to develop road maps to implement and expand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV self-testing in the region. In discussions on building capacity for the rollout of PrEP and HIV testing innovations in Asia and the Pacific, policy-makers, health care providers, researchers and advocates from key populations discussed barr...

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The ATLAS project in West Africa: a big innovation at local level to achieve the global HIV screening goal by 2020

News | 29 January 2019
Dakar – HIV self-testing will be more widely disseminated and promoted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal so that people with the highest risk of contracting HIV can know their serological status in full confidentiality and contact treatment and prevention services. The ATLAS project, which involves HIV self-testing and free access to information about one’s health status, is funded by Unitaid in the amount of more than US$ 15 million and is bein...

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Dolutegravir, an alternative first-line HIV treatment for low- and middle-income countries

News | 31 October 2018
Two years after its launch, NAMSAL (New Antiretroviral and Monitoring Strategies in HIV-infected Adults in Low-income countries), by the French Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS), is yielding its first results. Conducted in Yaoundé (Cameroon), the study aims to compare the efficacy of two first-line treatments for HIV infection in more than 600 participants. The results of the trial, coordinated by Dr Charles Kouanfack (Yaound...

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Maria Luisa Escorel De Moraes

Vice-chair of the Executive Board Ambassador Maria Luisa Escorel is currently the Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. She is a career diplomat with a sound experience in the multilateral field. In Brasilia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was the Director of the Department of International Organizations, responsible for UN issues in general, from February 2015 until April 20...

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Unitaid’s malaria portfolio is expanding to support world elimination targets

News | 19 November 2018
MAPUTO (Mozambique) – The world’s malaria epidemic will not end without a strong push in prevention, diagnosis and treatment programmes, WHO’s annual malaria report says, a strategy Unitaid has been pursuing through a sharp increase in investments and an intensification of partnerships. WHO’s World Malaria Report 2018, launched today in Maputo, indicates that progress against the mosquito-borne disease has stalled globally, and that it has even m...

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Medicines We Can Trust Campaign Rallies Mekong Governments and Leaders to Improve Access to Quality Medicines

News | 07 November 2018
PHNOM PENH, 7 November 2018 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and other leaders from the Greater Mekong Subregion joined hands as part of a global campaign to improve access to quality medicines. The announcement was made during the Phnom Penh Regional Conference on the fight against falsified, substandard and unlicensed medical products. The Medicines We Can Trust campaign is a global movement advocating for access to quality medicines and stro...

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