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Humana People to People

A call for urgency to Ending AIDS by 2030 @ the 72 UN General Assembly

 

 

 

Humana People to People commit to achieving the Fast Track approach to End AIDS by 2030. Ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 requires renewed urgency.

 

UNAIDS working together with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is bringing world leaders together at a high-level side event during the 72 United Nations General Assembly to reinvigorate political leadership around HIV and AIDS. He will make a call to all countries to adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to achieve the global and regional targets as outlined in the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS.

 

The 72 United Nations General Assembly high level side event will demonstrate that the Fast-Track approach to ending AIDS is working and there are some positive impact it is having on health systems and on the broader sustainable development goals in Africa and beyond. A strong call will be made at the high level side event for political leadership to build momentum and deliver on the shared agenda of ending AIDS by 2030.

 

 

Humana People to People has engaged with many countries in Southern Africa including India and China on fighting HIV and AIDS over the past two decades. Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) and HOPE Humana are the major concepts which has been and are still working on organizing the community members into taking control against HIV and AIDS. However due to the emerging needs in the global tendencies of HIV and AIDS epidemic it demanded newer and streamlined approaches to the AIDS disease. Agenda 2030 has set SDG 3 – ensure good health for all including the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets as the global framework directing efforts seeking to achieve decided outcomes. Humana People to People’s TCE program stands ready to join forces with UNAIDS to achieve the set targets.

 

TCE is a systematic community mobilization drive against HIV and AIDS and TB. It targets communities with door-to-door campaigns, raising awareness, providing counseling, making referrals, distributing condoms, promoting Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), encouraging pregnant women to attend elimination of mother-to-child transmission programs (PMTCT), home-based testing and collaborating with local health structures to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS including TB, setting up community structures supporting linkage to care and treatment.

 

TCE targets individuals and communities, given that individuals within their environments need to take control of the epidemic to make a substantial and lasting change. New focus in achieving better control of the epidemic has seen some revision on how TCE is now concentrating its efforts where the HIV and AIDS need response.

 

Total Control of the Epidemic focus is now focusing on targeting more people with HIV testing, targeting enrolling people who are HIV+ on ART Treatment and targeting viral suppression among the people undergoing ART Treatment. The 3 focal points are all part of what UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets are calling for in-order to leave no-one behind with HIV and AIDS treatment and viral suppression.

 

In the year 2016, Humana People to People’s TCE program have managed to implement efficient HIV and AIDS interventions has reached 6.5 million people. Strategic campaigns were carried out in Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, India, Botswana, China and Angola that has seen 728 750 people tested for HIV out of which 49 500 tested HIV+. The people found HIV positive were enrolled onto ART Treatment and are continuously receiving community based care and support to ensure lasting ART Treatment adherence and avoid defaulting. The TCE Field Officers, the program’s foot soldiers who are responsible for person-to-person HIV basic counseling, community follow-ups and referral for medical support, are the integral cog in getting more people enrolling for medication and care.

 

Renewed efforts seeking to increase the number of people testing HIV+ (HIV sero positive yield/conversion) has demanded another approach in locating the people who are at most danger of HIV infection. HIV and TB Index Testing is a unique approach which has proved that targeting specific people with HIV Testing especially those close to someone diagnosed with HIV infection makes it easier to get many people on treatment. The Index Testing approach involve scouting for potential HIV+ individuals among each of the nucleus family members and the sexual partners of the person identified to be HIV+. The arrangement helps to guarantee HIV+ long-life, a better health and well-being. 

 

 

In Botswana, South Africa and Zambia young women and adolescents girls are receive HIV and AIDS awareness messages, trainings and life skills in-order for them to become economically empowered and avoid entering into inter-generational sex as a means to earn an income. In South Africa, the intervention is offering HIV Testing services to adolescent girls (10-14) and (15-19), young women (20-24) and their male sex partners aged (25 – 49) years. Condom distribution and referral for ART Treatment is done for those who deserve such support.

 

Humana People to People has a shared vision with Agenda 2030 and UNAIDS as demonstrated through its efforts which are pushing for accelerated pace in implementing the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets among the countries which are lagging behind in meeting the targets. 

 

It takes more to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being for all at all and achieve sustainable development.

 

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Congratulation to Dr Parirenyatwa for being elected new Chair of WHO Assembly!

 

 

 

Humana People to People and its 31 members would like to extend a heartfelt warm congratulatory message to Dr David Parirenyatwa, Minister of Health & Child Care in Zimbabwe. 

Your recent election by fellow African Ministers of Health at the just ended 67th session of the WHO’s regional committee meeting which took place at the Victoria Falls shows the trust in your leadership and vision in achieving better health for all.

 

 

For over the years, Humana People to People and DAPP Zimbabwe have found your support as a Minister of Health and Child Care valuable in establishing our HIV and AIDS programs throughout the country. Humana People to People and DAPP Zimbabwe started HOPE Humana in 1998 in Bindura District as a direct response to addressing stigma and discrimination including offering HIV Testing services. Further our Total Control of the Epidemic – TCE program has mobilized 800 000 people into taking an active part in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Humana People to People and DAPP Zimbabwe has stood hand in glove together with the government of Zimbabwe in particular the Ministry of Health and Child Care in improving the lives of thousands of people. Notable community based programs carried out have addressed water and sanitation, nutrition and communicable diseases.

Humana People to People and DAPP Zimbabwe wishes you a successful tenure in your new assignment.

 

 

 

School Meals support children’s education and nutrition

 

School meals programs are effective safety nets, helping to ensure that every child has access to education, has a thriving health and better nutrition status. Good nutrition helps children grow smart and unlock their potential.

 

More than 300 leaders from 67 countries will come together next week at the Global Child Nutrition Forum. This year the theme is “Bridge to Sustainable Development through School Meal Programs: Engaging Local, National, Regional and Global Communities”.

 

The annual event, organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the UN World Food Program will seek to foster cooperation between national and encourage countries to develop and improve national school meal programs that are locally-sourced and country-operated.

 

The Food for Knowledge program funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) via Planet Aid Inc, is being implemented by ADPP Mozambique. The Food for Knowledge program provides primary school children with daily meals and ensures children have access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. The program also trains students in child health and nutrition and establishes after-school learning clubs where educational kits are distributed.

 

ADPP Mozambique, a member of Humana People to People, is attending the event sharing experiences gained from its Food for Knowledge program, currently benefitting children attending primary schools in Maputo, Mozambique. Program Co-ordinator Stanley Kudzibatira will share some of the successes and challenges-and look forward to learn what others are doing. The Forum provides an opportunity to interact with experts from around the world, see other school meal programs in action and more.

 

Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people, mostly children, cannot easily escape. More than one third of all child deaths every year around the world are attributed to malnutrition, specifically undernutrition, which weakens the body's resistance to illness.

 

If a child is malnourished, the child's physical and mental growth and development will be slowed. This will affect the child for the rest of his or her life. Providing school based meals becomes a necessary step in limiting the impact of malnutrition.

 

The Planet Aid administered and USDA-funded Food for Knowledge school meals program in Mozambique is working to address malnutrition over 60,000 children across Maputo province. Through the program, Humana People to People member ADPP Mozambique is working with 245 primary schools to implement the school feeding program, as well as strengthen nutrition awareness and improve school attendance for students.

 

Program outcomes are contributing toward both SDG4 (Quality Education) and SDG2 (Zero Hunger) targets. The ultimate goal is to help children actively participate in primary school education without being affected by food insecurity. 

 

Food for Knowledge program began early 2013 covering 245 primary schools in Maputo Province, and involves primary school children as well as their parents, teachers and their communities.

 

The program has seen almost 33 million school meals consumed.

 

Our experiences from school meals programs has taught us that when the rations are appropriately designed, school meals can improve the nutrition status of  primary school children by addressing macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies. This leads to reduction in children dropping out of school and increased school enrollment. 

 

About 370.000 people in the districts of Manhiça, Magude, Moamba and Matutuine benefit directly from the school meals. The project also supports the training of primary school teachers at the 11 ADPP Teacher Training Colleges and students at the Pedagogy course at OWU, One World University.

 

Humana People to People remains committed to do its part in responding to the 2030 Agenda call to action demanding an end to hunger and ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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