December 2017

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Laura Leeson

    Projet Jeune Leader | Program Manager

    Maia Freudenberger

    Projet Jeune Leader | Executive Director
    Projet Jeune Leader recruits dynamic young adults to work full-time as sexuality educators, counselors, and mentors to public middle school students in Madagascar's Haute Matsiatra region.

    Projet Jeune Leader recruits dynamic young adults to work full-time as sexuality educators, counselors, and mentors to public middle school students in Madagascar's Haute Matsiatra region. Photo: Projet Jeune Leader

    We need innovation, not renovation, when it comes to providing youth with comprehensive sexuality education.

    The investments and commitments that governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, and other global health agencies have made during the past decade to provide adolescents and young people with comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) are testaments to its value. And yet, there is comparatively little to show for this invigorated effort.

    We have shown, however, that we already know a substantial impeding factor.

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Patrick Segawa

    Public Health Ambassadors Uganda | Programme Coordinator
    PHAU family planning concert in Hoima

    PHAU's concert, Famile Pulaningi Mu Ndongo, attracted thousands of people to learn about family planning while having a great time.

    Friday, November 24, 2017 got the people of Hoima, Uganda merrymaking and dancing! They turned up in the thousands for a family planning concert organized by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU). The concert, dubbed Famile Pulaningi Mu Ndongo (a Luganda phrase for the combination of edu-tainment with family planning information and services), was held at the Hoima Booma grounds, where top local artists, comedians, and actors treated the revelers to a night filled with themed musical performances, skits, comedy, and much more.

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Dennis Ssesanga

    Marie Stopes Uganda | Marketing and Public Relations Officer
    Marie Stopes Uganda's giant puppets are helping spread the word about family planning.

    Marie Stopes Uganda's giant puppets are helping spread the word about family planning.

    The drive to increase access to family planning in Uganda is gaining pace. In 1989, only one in 20 women in the country was using modern contraception to prevent an unintended pregnancy. Today, just one generation later, that figure is almost one in three. But Ugandan women still face barriers. Unsubstantiated fears, stigma, and myths are leading many women to forgo contraception altogether.

    Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU), which provides a wide range of short-term, long-term, and permanent contraceptive methods across the country, has been trying to increase awareness to large groups by broadcasting messages and information over loud speakers from mobile vans. But over time, the vans became such a common feature that many people simply ignore them and continue their daily routines without so much as looking up.

  • Integrating Family Planning and HIV Services

    Elena Ghanotakis

    EMG Consulting and Multi-Media Inc. | Independent Consultant
    Antenatal care exam (GHeL PMTCT course)

    Antenatal care exam. Photo: UNICEF.

    As the world focuses on ending the AIDS epidemic in children, adolescents, and young women by 2020 as part of the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free Super-Fast-Track framework, programs for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) are critical to these efforts. Ninety percent of HIV infections in children under the age of 15 are estimated to occur through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Without antiretroviral therapy (ART), the risk of HIV transmission from a mother living with HIV to her infant varies between 15% and 45%. However, new HIV infections in children from MTCT can be dramatically reduced (to below 5%) by giving mothers ART during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and breastfeeding, and continuing ART for life. Today, ART is the cornerstone of PMTCT programs.

  • Sophie Weiner

    CCP | Communications Specialist
    Love Yourself, Get Tested

    PANCAP’s ambitious goal is to eradicate AIDS in the Caribbean by the year 2030.

    This post originally appeared on CCP's blog.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the Caribbean in the late ‘70s. By 2001, it had become the second-most affected region in the world with an estimated 420,000 people – more than two percent of the adult population – living with HIV, according to a UNAIDS/WHO report. That year, a group of Caribbean nations created the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) to help avert new infections and reduce deaths in the region by providing support for universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services.