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Entries by Michel Sidibé

The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:31 AM

The world is failing to protect the health and human rights of people who use drugs.

As a result, people who use drugs, especially people who inject drugs, have been isolated and denied the means to protect themselves from HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Among the...

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The Global Plan: Working to Improve Women's Health

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:18 PM

On June 25th of this year, we launched a new report on the progress achieved to date through the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan). Encouragingly, the report showed considerable progress on the...

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Access to HIV Treatment -- Raising the Bar

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 10:09 AM

The global effort to ensure access to antiretroviral therapy for millions of people is one of the greatest success stories in the history of public health. In just a decade, access to life-saving HIV treatment in developing countries has increased more than forty-fold, with 9.7 million people in low- and...

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How Africa Turned AIDS Around

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:49 AM

An African proverb teaches us that "if you want to go fast, go alone -- but if you want to go far, go together." The AIDS epidemic threatened to overcome Africa -- but instead, Africa and the world have united to overcome AIDS, going farther than most ever thought possible.

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VIH et tuberculose: démêler un nœud mortel

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Le Swaziland, petit pays de près de 1,4 million d'habitants, est confronté non pas à une mais à deux épidémies. À l'heure où j'écris, Mbabane (capitale du pays) lutte pour surmonter des épidémies jumelles de VIH et de tuberculose.

On estime à 190.000, soit plus du...

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HIV and TB: Untangling a Deadly Knot

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 2:55 PM

The tiny country of Swaziland, home to nearly 1.4 million, is facing not one, but two, epidemics. As I write from Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, the country is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB). An estimated 190,000 people -- more than a quarter...

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Renewing a Global Commitment: Zero Tolerance to Gender-Based Violence

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 8:06 AM

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

This week marks the opening of the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and this Friday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. It is therefore a fitting moment for the...

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From Despair to Hope

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 1:42 PM

This Saturday, the world will commemorate World AIDS Day. I will be in Haiti, a country that has not forgotten its people living with HIV, as it rebuilds itself from the earthquake that devastated the nation two years ago. Within days of the earthquake, HIV treatment services were re-established and...

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Putting Education First

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 3:47 PM

When we talk about HIV prevention, we tend to frame it as a medical challenge and of course it is one. To accelerate the progress in the AIDS response we must reduce transmission and people's exposure to the virus. We need to develop affordable vaccines and microbicides that will make...

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Achieving Results for Every Woman and Every Child

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 3:22 PM

The past two years have been significant for women's and children's health for many reasons. The unprecedented global momentum towards saving the lives of 16 million women and children generated by the Every Woman Every Child movement is among the most remarkable.

By September 25th of this year,...

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What a Difference a Decade Makes

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 5:56 PM

In an election year, party conventions bring together the hopeful, the courageous and the visionaries as they seek to secure the future. This week in Washington D.C., a different kind of convention is taking place, one that has not taken place for nearly 20 years in the United States, bringing...

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The AIDS Response Owes a Great Debt to LGBT Communities

(16) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:46 PM

As we prepare for the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C., I reflect with profound admiration and gratitude on the leadership against AIDS by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the United States and across the globe. The global AIDS response would never have...

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Africa Offers New Partnership for Global Health

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 3:14 PM

As Africa's leaders assemble in the Union's impressive new chambers in Addis Ababa for the 19th African Union Summit, I am struck by the contrasting atmospheres of optimism and anxiety that hang in the air. Anxiety over the political crises plaguing the DRC, Guinea Bissau, Mali and South Sudan, which...

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Young People Are Shaping a New Era of Global Citizenship for Solidarity and Social Justice

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 4:03 PM

In the next few posts I will be shining a spotlight on some of the major issues to be featured at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, which is taking place in Washington, D.C. from July 22-27.

"With the rise of technology comes the demise of silence. Young people can...

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The Future We Want: Demanding Social Justice and a New Distribution of Opportunity

(7) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 6:22 PM

In coming days, as countries meet for the G-20 and gather in Brazil for Rio+20, the future -- our future -- will be shaped.

With the world striving to define a new agenda for sustainable development we cannot forget or forsake what must underpin any future -- social justice....

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Make Every Day Mother's Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 1:31 PM

As excited as expectant parents are about bringing a child into the world, it can be an anxious time. So imagine the concern of soon-to-be parents when the mother is living with HIV. They know that without treatment, there is a one-in-three chance that their baby could be born with...

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Giving Power to Couples to End the AIDS Epidemic

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Whenever AIDS has won, stigma, shame, distrust, discrimination and apathy was on its side. Every time AIDS has been defeated, it has been because of trust, openness, dialogue between individuals and communities, family support, human solidarity, and the human perseverance to find new paths and solutions.

If we don't leverage...

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To Invest in Africa's Future, Finish the Fight Against AIDS

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Africa is breaking records. Its economy is growing at around 6% annually, comparable with many of the new emerging economies. Lack of roads is no longer a barrier to information -- mobile phones are the new drumbeat. Democracy is becoming firmly entrenched. More children are in school, especially...

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Time to Act: Stop TB/AIDS

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:16 PM

Picture the daily routine of nurse Bongani Khumalo. He goes from village to village and household to household across Lubombo, a rural district in the kingdom of Swaziland. All of his patients are living with HIV. Many are also sick with tuberculosis. Most are hungry. Those who have not yet...

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The Business of Eliminating Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 1:39 PM

Rebecca Awiti and her partner live in Nairobi's Kibera slums. Like many of their neighbors, both are HIV positive. Still, they dreamed of having a healthy child. Before conceiving, Rebecca's doctor referred her to the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program at Kenyatta National Hospital. There, clinicians provided her with...

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