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We Have Consensus Houston

Posted 03 April 2014, 05:51 A, by Guest

By Michel D. Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General‘s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, published in the Huffington Post

One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world with clear consensus statements on what science tells us today on drugs and harm reduction.

The statements were presented in short and clearly articulated presentations at the opening of the High Level segment of the CND meeting. Although one scientific representative from the Russian Federation disassociated herself with the final conclusions, the statements certainly reflect a strong consensus in the scientific community. More...

A Day in the Life of Dilbar Karobekova, IAS Member and High Category Gynecologist, Honorary Doctor of Tajikistan

Posted 13 September 2013, 08:22 A, by Guest

My name is Dilbar Karobekova and I am a Medical Doctor, High Category Gynecologist, Honorary Doctor of Tajikistan.

I start my day with a glass of water and some exercise. Sometimes I dance, which I like the most. This activity helps me to face the difficult day I have in front of me. Monday is usually a hard day and it starts with a short meeting in the Shifo clinic, then I go to see my patients and after that I take part in the surgeries that have been planned. Sometimes, relatives of the patients come to talk to me as their doctor. This is the way I spend most of my mornings. After lunch I’m going to the Center for Psychological Health and HIV/AIDS, where I’m doing my second job. The center works mostly with women, wives of migrants who are infected with HIV. Migration from More...

A Day in the Life of Dr. John B. Chittick, Harvard Ed.D., IAS Member and Executive Director TeenAIDS-PeerCorps (TA-PC), United States

Posted 30 August 2013, 07:28 A, by IAS Member

I was a businessman in the 1980s when AIDS exploded onto the world scene. Within a few short years, I had seen students, employees and friends die. One young woman on her deathbed begged me to take an active role in saving young lives. I decided to devote my life to the cause. I sold my business to do my Harvard doctoral research where I lectured and predicted that sexually active teens would become a higher-risk group within a decade. Many adults scoffed at the idea that the younger generation could become one of the risk populations. Yet I argued that HIV was not about who you are but what you do and unprotected sex would lead to a significant youth epidemic. In 2010, UNAIDS says, young people aged 15–24 accounted for 42% of new HIV infections in people aged 15 and older.More...

A Day in the Life of Kameko Nichols, IAS Member and Partnership Director (Africa) of Riders for Health

Posted 12 August 2013, 10:29 A, by IAS Member
Riders for Health is an international not-for-profit social enterprise that builds, manages and maintains transport systems for health care delivery in Africa. We train vehicle users in safe riding and driving, and we carry out preventive maintenance and ongoing management of motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles. I support the leaders of our seven country programs by advocating for transport to be considered as a vital piece of the health system, and by advocating at regional and global levels.

This transport that we manage and maintain is not necessarily disease’s specific, but it is specifically used in the fight against HIV in many ways. Motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles are used for community outreach activities, including health education and HIV prevention, voluntary counselling and testing, follow-up care, surveillance, defaulter tracing, patient support services, etc. We also run a specialized motorcycle courier system called Sample Transport (ST) that couriers patient samples from primary health care facilities to laboratories, and results back, to enable regular disease monitoring, timely treatment initiation, and treatment recommendations. These tests include HIV-related diagnostics such as CD4, chemistry, haematology, and dry blood spot samples for early infant diagnosis of HIV. Our ST system essentially increases access at the primary health care level to diagnostics that are often only available at higher levels of the health care system. More...