Philippines: A Bloody Drug Crackdown, A Surging HIV Epidemic

Last month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made international headlines citing Hitler and the Holocaust, saying he would happily “slaughter” three million drug addicts. But even before Duterte was elected on a dramatic anti-drug platform, the Philippines’ drug war tactics were fueling one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the world.

Despite more than 20 years of relatively low prevalence of HIV infection, the Philippines now has the third highest incidence of HIV, exceeding a 25 percent growth in new infections annually. Cebu City has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country, at 7.7 percent, where sharing of drug injection equipment is the primary driver.

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Fuzzy Math at the Global Fund Replenishment?

Why $13 billion might not be $13 billion and why it’s insufficient even if it is

The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment period has just kicked off with pledges from most of the major wealthy countries of the world. Overall, the news is positive:  world leaders showed up to the pledging conference and raised more than ever before to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in what all recognize has to be only the start, not the end, of mobilizing resources for the Global Fund over the next three years.  

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Durban Reflections: In the eyes of one Student Global AIDS Campaigner

Check out another great blog post about our experience at the International AIDS Conference in Durban over on the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) blog, where Nestor Rogel, a young AIDS activist from California, shares his reflections on the most impactful moments from the conference and how he’ll put it to work in his activism.

Separating Myths from Facts: Donor funding for the HIV response

In July 2016, the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS released an analysis showing that donor funding for the HIV response in low- and middle-income countries declined by almost 13% between 2014 and 2015. Over the past 15 years, wealthy countries have played a critical role in helping to finance the expansion of HIV treatment, prevention and care around the world. As a result, today 17 million people living with HIV have access to the medicines they need. However, the sobering truth is that we’re still less than halfway there--20 million more people are without access to lifesaving treatment. The consequence of donor cuts at this critical time is truly death. Check out this new Health GAP fact sheet with 10 Myths & Facts about Donor Funding for the Global HIV Response.  

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Durban Reflections: What will it take to win quality HIV treatment and prevention for key populations?

The International AIDS Conference in Durban in July provided an important moment for further debate and discussion about the challenges and barriers undermining access to services for key populations. Key population groups themselves, as well as other activists, funders, and health care providers shared best practices and strategies on service provision, and identified priorities for advocacy going forward.

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