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On 7 April 2020 — World Health Day — WHO celebrates nurses and midwives, recognizes the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy, and calls for urgent investments in nursing education, jobs, and leadership. WHO also marked the day by launching the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing... more

Progress against HIV made through expanded testing and treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision, and targeted interventions for young women and girls is imperiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, warns a Washington Post profile of... more

The introduction and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is one of several interventions that led to an impressive decline in new HIV infections in Kenya, writes one of the principal investigators for the 2018 Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) in a... more

Reductions in new HIV infections among Ugandan women as well as men are due in part to scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and antiretroviral therapy (ART), Healio reports. Data from the Rakai Community Cohort Study presented during the 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) revealed a recent dramatic decline in HIV incidence among women, whose... more

The 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), to be held in Kigali in December, will provide an opportunity for Rwandans to share what they have learned about preventing HIV infections and increasing the life expectancy of people living with HIV, The New Times reports. The successful approaches described in the... more

When Malawian community mobiliser Ajasi Bamusi turns up at football matches, he is keen for halftime. “I negotiate with the team captain to use halftime to give a talk promoting voluntary male medical circumcisions (VMMC)," explains Bamusi in an article from the World Health Organization. The community mobiliser... more

Speaking at a World AIDS Day event in Klerksdorp, South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza called on communities to end the stigma associated with HIV and discrimination against people living with the virus, News24 reports. Ending the epidemic and gender-based violence will require changes in social attitudes and norms, he said. Mabuza also recognized progress against HIV in South... more

Almost 4.5 million men and boys have been circumcised in Tanzania since the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme began in 2009, The Citizen reports. The article quotes a programme officer from Tanzania’s National AIDS... more

In a small village in Kenya’s Laikipia County, the elders of the Samburu people have incorporated medical male circumcision into the traditional initiation ceremony for boys, The Standard reports. In the article, one of the elders explains that they decided to... more

A study found that the introduction and expansion of combination HIV prevention services, including HIV testing, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), and antiretroviral therapy, led to significant decreases in new HIV infections in four... more

Zimbabwe recorded declines in new HIV infections of 9 percent among adults and 27 percent among children from 2015 to 2018, The Herald reports. A government official, speaking at the launch of a two-week review of the national HIV programme, attributed these gains and a 60 percent reduction in AIDS-related deaths from 2010 to 2017 to the collective efforts of the government and the... more

To achieve the goal of providing 25 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) by 2020, programmes in southern and eastern Africa would need to reach an additional 15 million men and adolescent boys, according to the 2019 Global AIDS Update from the Joint... more

A new mobile health clinic is allowing rapid expansion of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in the hills of Tanzania’s Morogoro Region, reports the Daily News. The article feature Joseph Anthony, a 21-year-old brick maker who lives in a village outside the clinic. Previously unable to access male circumcision because of financial constraints, Joseph is now one of... more

On the first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, the World Health Organization launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer. Campaign materials and information about improving patient safety are available here... more

A report released at the IAS 2019 conference in Mexico City documents dramatic reductions in HIV incidence and mortality achieved in six different settings, Africa Science News reports. Lower rates of new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths have been attributed to campaigns to encourage HIV testing, free access to treatment at the time of diagnosis with HIV, and scale-up of evidence-based... more