Dr Alvaro Bermejo
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Dr Alvaro Bermejo joined the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as Executive Director in January 2004 from his position as Director of the Health and Care Department of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Alliance is a partnership of 37 organisations around the world that support around 2000 community organisations delivering HIV prevention, treatment and care services, reaching nearly 3 million people. www.aidsalliance.org

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Mind the Gap: Finding New Solutions to Address HIV Among Adolescents

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:56 PM

There are an estimated 2.1million adolescents living with HIV, with more than 80% of them living in sub-Saharan Africa. Many don't know their HIV status. As we get set to mark World AIDS Day on Monday, that's a sobering reminder for all of us working within the sector...

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Ebola and HIV: Three Lessons Learned

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM

As the worst ever Ebola outbreak spins out of control in West Africa with the UN estimating this week that $1 billion is needed to contain it, parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS. Both are spread by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected...

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Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:16 AM

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

The populations in these states are among the most vulnerable...

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Independence Is the Longest of Battles: Impressions From South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:19 AM

I approached Juba with trepidation. In the few years since I last came it has become the capital of the world's youngest country and everyone that visits keeps telling me how quickly it is changing.It was also the city chosen by the African Union to commemorate World AIDS Day earlier...

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Urgent Need to Prioritise Young People in Efforts to Tackle HIV

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 5:56 AM

Looking ahead to another World AIDS Day this Sunday - the 26th such occasion since the annual solidarity day was introduced - it seems to me that there is an urgent need to prioritise and involve young people in efforts to tackle the global HIV epidemic, and in particular those...

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Integration, Integration, Integration!

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Let's talk about sex.... At the third Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur this week, that's pretty much what we have been doing non-stop for three days! Surprisingly though there has been very little focus on pleasure and sexuality. As a doctor, I'm all for promoting the clinical...

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The UK Can Bend the Curve of the HIV, TB and Malaria Epidemics

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Maurine Murenga's father knew that he was dying of tuberculosis, but with no way of getting the treatment that could have saved him, there was little he could do.

"There is nothing sadder than sitting there, waiting for someone to die," Maurine quietly told a group of parliamentarians in London...

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Transphobia in Latin America Is Preventing an Effective HIV Response

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 5:38 AM

If the recent furore over frankly rather spiteful comments about transgender women by high profile journalists Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill has shown us anything, it's that we still have a very long way to go before transgender women are able to live free from fear and discrimination.

And...

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Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill Will Have Disastrous Impact on HIV Response

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 7:00 PM

With just one week to go before World AIDS Day, the fact that the Ugandan government is poised to pass its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill would be ironic if it wasn't so tragic. If passed, the bill - which would see any person alleged to be homosexual at risk of life...

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Haiti and the Danger of a Single Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 1:33 PM

I feel ashamed. I had been warned. 'The danger of a single story' is my favourite TED talk but, on a visit last week to Haiti, I found that I - along with many many others - had fallen into the trap.

It's almost three years since the...

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The Greatest Show on Earth?

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Every two years the International AIDS Conference rolls around and every two years I always start the week by referring to it as a bit of a jamboree. This year we've heard how Elton John believes that he should be dead from AIDS by now alongside his friend Freddie Mercury....

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International Women's Day Call to Action: Integrate Family Planning and HIV Services to Save Women's Lives

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Every year, over 350,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications. If every woman on the planet had equal access to family planning and safe motherhood services, one in four of these women's lives could be saved. Equally important is the burden that HIV causes on women and girls globally. Some 17...

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