March 23rd, 2012

World TB Day 2012: GNP+ calls for a client centered approach to TB diagnosis, treatment and care

24 March, 2012: The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) recognises this World TB Day, the annual day to focus attention on tuberculosis, by calling for a paradigm shift to address the world’s leading cause of death for people living with HIV.

According to the World Health Organization, tuberculosis (TB) is responsible for one in four HIV-related deaths. Globally, around one third of all people living with HIV also have TB. While people living with HIV, and especially children, are 21-34 times more likely to develop active TB due to a weakened immune response, the loss of 350,000 people living with HIV in 2010[i] to a curable disease is unacceptable.

March 8th, 2012

International Woman’s Day 2012: GNP+ calls for more protection of women’s and girls’ rights in the HIV response

8 March 2012 - The Global Network of people living with HIV (GNP+) urges all stakeholders in the HIV response to better utilize opportunities to promote the health and dignity of women and girls, living with and affected by HIV.

“A lot more can be done to promote women´s and girls´ rights as part of the HIV response,” says GNP+ co-chair Anna Zakowicz.

February 27th, 2012

HIV Is Not a Crime – Video on US legal system response to HIV

HIV is a Crime is a US documentary showing the absurdities in the US legal system around using peoples’ HIV status as a additional felony charge. The documentary is supported by GNP+ North America.

February 23rd, 2012

Experts endorse OSLO Declaration on HIV Criminalisation

Amsterdam 23/02/2012. Representatives from international civil society have released the Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalisation. The declaration is an advocacy and policy statement against the overly-broad use of the criminal law to regulate and punish people living with HIV for behaviour that in any other circumstance would be considered lawful. The declaration was created and endorsed by twenty individuals and representatives of civil society from around the world with expert knowledge in health, scientific, social, ethical, political, human rights and judicial issues relating to HIV.

February 10th, 2012

APN+: EU-India FTA being negotiated at the cost of patients lives

APN+ strongly condemns the EU’s deadly trade policies

10 February 2012, Bangkok – At the Annual General Meeting of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), the APN+ Board strongly condemned the European Union’s continuing attacks on generic medicines through the EU-India FTA negotiations. At the EU-India Summit being held in New Delhi today, the EU is pressuring the Indian government to announce political “trade-offs” for the FTA negotiations.

On the 3rd of February we took empty ARV bottles to the European Commission’s office to show them what the result of the EU-India FTA would be,” said Mr Sudin Sherchan of the National Association of People Living with HIV in Nepal. Since 2007, the EU-India FTA negotiations have become increasingly controversial as leaked texts of the negotiations show that the EU is pushing India to adopt intellectual property protection standards far in excess of what is required under the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

January 27th, 2012

GNP+ thanks Kazatchkine for Global Fund leadership

The Global Network of People living with HIV received news of the resignation of Prof. Michel Kazatchkine as Executive Director to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria with regret, but are keen to express our gratitude and respect for his leadership and commitment to the principles of the Global Fund over the past ten years.

Prof. Kazatchkine has played a pivotal role in the establishment and development of the Global Fund, having served on the Fund’s Transitional Working Group, Technical Review Panel and its Board before becoming Executive Director in 2007.

Under Prof. Kazatchkine’s leadership the Global Fund has lived up to its commitment of being a responsible and transparent multi-stakeholder funding agency based on a country ownership model, and a governance structure which promotes the active and meaningful participation of governments, the private sector, civil society, and most notably communities living with HIV, TB and Malaria.

January 25th, 2012

People Living with HIV evaluate Red Cross Red Crescent efforts on AIDS and TB in Europe

GNP+ has recently supported the Belarus PLHIV Community to be part of an evaluation team looking at work carried out the European Regional Network on AIDS and TB of the Red Cross Red Crescent (ERNA).

Although there was much appreciation for the outreach towards the most vulnerable in humanitarian contexts by individual Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies, there was also a view that this was not always sufficiently nuanced - especially at a national level - to the needs of people living with HIV.

In addition, there was evidence to suggest that National Societies, and indeed the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, had failed to effectively communicate the challenges and opportunities presented by the unique position and structure of the RC.

The full evaluation report can be accessed here in pdf English 1.3 Mb and pdf Russian 1.8 Mb .

December 21st, 2011

Briefing Paper on the Global Plan

At ICASA 2011 in Addis Abeba, GNP+, ICW Global and ITPC jointly launched a briefing paper for people living with HIV on the implications of the ‘Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive’.

The briefing paper highlights opportunities presented by the Global Plan to strengthen existing efforts to end vertical transmission and support mothers in 22 low- and middle-income countries. These opportunities include enhanced advocacy for available and accessible services to support the health and wellbeing of women living with HIV as they exercise their rights to have a family. People living with HIV, especially women living with HIV must be at the centre of efforts to stop vertical transmission.

November 30th, 2011

World AIDS Day 2011: To Reach HIV Goals, World Must Invest Now

On World AIDS Day 2011 the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) calls for countries to resolve the funding challenge of the global HIV response to take full advantage of the unparalleled opportunities offered by newly available treatment and prevention options.

People living with HIV worldwide are shocked by the decision of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to postpone Funding Round 11 due to a shortfall in financial contributions of donor countries. This is especially disheartening because in the past year, countries and agencies have shown an increased commitment towards the scale up of HIV treatment, as well as prevention of vertical transmission.

November 14th, 2011

HIV Leadership Through Accountability programme – Reports

Aid transparency is critical to improving the effectiveness and value for money of aid. Making information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand means that UK taxpayers and citizens in poor countries can more easily hold DFID and recipient governments to account for using aid money wisely. Transparency creates better feedback from beneficiaries […]

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