Insight, Inspiration, and Imperative: Top Eight Takeaways from AIDS 2014

From a somber beginning to a closing ceremony calling for “Stepping up the Pace on HIV & AIDS,” health, and human rights (PDF), the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) provided insight, inspiration, and imperative for the critical work ahead. Here are our top eight takeaways from AIDS 2014.

Numerous MSH staff contributed to this content. MSH staff attending the conference included: Barbara Ayotte, Gordon Comstock, Melissa Gandanzara, Rachel Hassinger, Megh Jagriti, Jonathan Jay, Scott Kellerman, Candide Tran Ngoc, Cedric Ndizeye, Christine Onyango, Chinwe Owunna, Geneva Pham, Jonathan D. Quick, Christine Rogers, Gloria Sangiwa, Johanna Theunissen, Katie Reichert, and Sam Wanamama.

South Africa Knowledge Hub Session Highlights TB & HIV Co-infection, New Journal

New Strengthening Health Systems Journal launches.On Thursday, July 24, representatives from the World Bank Group, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Results International, MSH, and more, joined South Africa’s Deputy Director General, National Department of Health, for a panel discussion on Learning the Lessons from HIV for Improved TB Control and Beyond, a South Africa Knowledge Hub session in association with the new journal, Strengthening Health Systems.

MSH Country Representative of South Africa, Bada Pharasi, spoke at the session.

Related: Pharasi speaks about TB and HIV co-infection in South Africa. Watch video:

MSH President & CEO Jonathan D. Quick serves on the advisory board of Strengthening Health Systems. Follow the journal on Twitter @SHSJournal to learn more.

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Meet Christine Onyango

Christine Onyango, deputy director of results and knowledge management at Grant Management Solutions (GMS), presented three posters at AIDS 2014.

On Wednesday, July 23, Onyango presented: “Morocco ends ART stock-outs using the Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT)”:

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Christine Onyango, MSH. {Photo credits: Rachel Hassinger/MSH.}

Christine Onyango. {Photo credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH.}

Christine Onyango, MSH.

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“Morocco ends ART stock-outs using EDT”

On Thursday, July 24, she presented two posters: (1) “Measuring performance of short-term technical support (STTS) to Global Fund grants: a unique setting to assess effectiveness”; and (2) “Measuring Effectiveness of Global Fund-Related Short-Term Technical Support (STTS) on Grant Management Bottlenecks: Results from 43 STTS Interventions in 24 Countries”.

Christine Onyango, MSH.

Christine Onyango, MSH.

Christine Onyango discussing the poster with an AIDS 2014 delegate.

Christine Onyango discussing the poster with an AIDS 2014 delegate.

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(Photo credits: Rachel Hassinger/MSH)

How Do You Transform Global Health?

At an International AIDS Conference focused on finding new ways forward in the HIV response, universal health coverage (UHC) has emerged as a promising path. Done right, UHC reforms can make health systems more fair, strengthen healthcare access for people living with HIV, and improve the sustainability of HIV financing. But strong activism is necessary to ensure that these reforms don’t just reinforce existing inequalities.

These were the messages from MSH’s panel session on UHC and HIV, cosponsored by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. The discussion, headlined by former Australian High Court justice and human rights advocate the Hon. Michael Kirby, demonstrated the key role of HIV activists—especially people living with HIV—in making UHC work at the national and global level.

The willingness of the HIV community to engage with UHC efforts continues to grow. The UHC community must respond in kind, taking on broad lessons from the HIV response. That’s what could make UHC a transformative global health agenda in the post-Millennium Development Goal era.

Here’s what the audience—in person and online—had to say about lessons from HIV for UHC:

Videos: Dr. Gloria Sangiwa: Women Lead on Chronic Diseases

Dr. Gloria Sangiwa, Global Technical Lead of Chronic Diseases at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), reflects on the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014).

In the first video, Sangiwa describes the exciting opportunity for leveraging the HIV platform, thanks to the work of PEPFAR, to treat the whole person–not just the disease.

In the second video, Sangiwa elaborates on why women leaders — from personal health, to family, health provider, community, policy level, and more — are a critical component to stepping up the pace on HIV and chronic diseases.

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More about MSH’s work on chronic diseases

 

 

Video: Meet Chinwe Owunna

Chinwe Owunna of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) describes the active surveillance approach used by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program in Swaziland to increase understanding of medicines safety and risk/benefit context for TB and HIV patients.

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Meet MSH Poster Presenters

The International AIDS Society accepted 17 posters by MSH staff.

(Meet more MSH staff on Wednesday and Thursday 12:30-14:30.)

Tuesday, July 21

Sam Wanamama, Uganda

Sam Wanamama presented on “Follow up of circumcised clients at 48-hours post-surgery in Uganda: reducing adverse events and reinforcing prevention messages.” {Photo credits: Christine Rogers/MSH.}

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Monday, July 20

Megh Jagriti, Southern Africa

 Megh Jagriti, senior technical advisor, Building Local Capacity (BLC) for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa. His poster is called: “Evidence based OVC programming – optimizing resources and ensuring impact in Lesotho.” {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

Megh Jagriti, senior technical advisor, Building Local Capacity (BLC) for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa, presented on: “Evidence based OVC programming – optimizing resources and ensuring impact in Lesotho.” {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

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Oby Onoh, Nigeria [Candide Tran Ngoc presenting]

(July 20) Poster from Nigeria on “Using organizational capacity building to ensure the sustainability of community-based interventions for orphans and vulnerable children: lessons from the CUBS project in Nigeria" by Obialunamma (“Oby”) Onoh, presented by Candide Tran Ngoc.  {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

“Using organizational capacity building to ensure the sustainability of community-based interventions for orphans and vulnerable children: lessons from the CUBS project in Nigeria,” by Obialunamma (“Oby”) Onoh was presented by Candide Tran Ngoc. {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

// Learn more about Community-Based Support for OVC Project >>