Welcome to CAN Newsletter, 14 December 2011!
This is the last 2011 edition. We wish you a peaceful holiday season and all the best for 2012!
On behalf of the CAN co-facilitators,
Godsway Shumba and Nathalie Lasslop (Cordaid)
On behalf of the CAN Team
Rachel Albone, HIV Policy and Advocacy Adviser, HelpAge International
Agnes Atim, Can Advisor, Uganda
Becca Asaki, AIDS Campaign Coordinator, Huairou Commission
Nathalie Lasslop, Policy Officer, Cordaid
Renaldah Mjomba, HIV & AIDS Policy and Advocacy Advicer, VSO International
Mike Podmore, Policy Manager, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Godsway Shumba, CAN Communications Support, Zimbabwe
CAN News: CAN at ICASA
News: UNAIDS World AIDS Day report 2011
News: GF board cancels Round 11 and introduces tough new rules for grant renewals
News: UN panel calls for global ‘protection floor’ with income security and health services
News: Elderly home care failures breach human rights, report finds
Sharing experiences: Cordaid HIV and AIDS Award: linking community- and formal health and care services
Sharing Experiences: Malawi - Role of caregivers in the era of HIV and AIDS
Sharing Experiences: Care receivers are resources, not a burden for society
Resource: Global Launch of the 2011 Human Development Report (UNDP)
Resource: HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases and globalisation
Resource: HIV as a chronic disease considerations for service planning in resource-poor settings
Resource: Interventions to increase antiretroviral adherence in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of evaluation studies
Resource: France: Influence of volunteering on health of seniors (October 24, 2011)
Agenda: Global Health Forum, 18-20 April 2012, Geneva
Agenda: Climate and Health Summit, July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa
Do you want to read prior editions of the CAN newsletter?
Bi-weekly 25 November 2011
Bi-weekly 31 October 2011
Bi-weekly 14 October 2011
CAN at ICASA
With several CAN members having attended ICASA and/or pre-meetings and conferences, a range of CAN contributions were made and/or sessions organised. More information will be shared when members return.
Caregivers Action Networking Zone (CAN): ICASA Community Village
Read the programme for the Caregivers Action Networking Zone, which was organised in association with the UK Consortium on Aids and International Development and the Worldwide Palliative care Alliance (WPCA).
The Caregivers Action Networking Zone was a space in the ICASA Community Village for home-based care and community carers to meet, share their experiences and hear about the care and support work being done by CBOs, INGOs and UN agencies.
2-3 December: HelpAge International (HAI) hosted a 2 day conference on HIV and ageing in Africa: "HIV and Ageing: Addressing the neglect of older people in the HIV response". Co-organised by CAN co-facilitator Rachel Albone, from HAI. CAN Advisor, Agnes Atim, Uganda spoke at a session.
3 December: The Ethiopian Inter-Faith Forum for Development Dialogue and Action (EIFDDA) organised a half-day pre-meeting on "The Role of FBOs in Owning, Scaling Up and Sustaining Response to HIV and AIDS". Co-organised by CAN member, Mahadere Tedla, ECS Ethiopia with a presentation from Matilda Mkunti, Health Secretary, ECM Malawi and Chair Malawi Home Based Care Alliance on the role of FBOs in care and support and treatment adherence.
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UNAIDS World AIDS Day report 2011
A new report by UNAIDS released on 21 November shows that 2011 was a game changing year for the AIDS response with unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and results. More
Download full report (PDF).
GF board cancels Round 11 and introduces tough new rules for grant renewals
Source: Global Fund Observer
Financial difficulties have caused the Global Fund Board to cancel Round 11. This difficult decision was made at a stressful two-day Board meeting concluded in Accra, Ghana. The Board also announced new rules for grant renewals in an attempt to find savings that can be applied to funding new proposals. More.
UN panel calls for global ‘protection floor’ with income security and health services
With more than five out of every seven people in the world lacking adequate social security, a high-level United Nations panel called for guaranteeing basic income and services for all, not only as a means to ensure peace and stability but also to boost economic growth.
Measures providing income security and scaling up essential health services are affordable even in the poorest countries, costing as little as 1 to 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), although international support is needed for some low-income countries, with donors providing predictable multi-year financial aid, according to the panel’s report – Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization.
Elderly home care failures breach human rights, report finds
Author: Randeep Ramesh
Source: 22 November, The Guardian (Global Action on Ageeing (GAA) Newsletter December 5, 2011)
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report on home care in England, unveiling the multiple issues regarding older people's home caregivers. Examples showed patients subject to several human rights breaches, including violence, cruelty, invasion of privacy and physical and financial abuse. Caregivers are believed to be neglecting their tasks because they are sometimes paid to spend as little as 15 minutes with each patient. The government has ordered 250 immediate inspections of home care providers to tackle the issue.
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Cordaid HIV and AIDS Award: linking community- and formal health and care services
Read the Trends document in annex to the Review Panel Report. It summarizes very useful good practices.
The 2011 edition of the Cordaid HIV and AIDS Award focused on the linking of community- and formal health and care services for PLHIV. This was a topic which many organisations could relate to as Cordaid received 263 valid nominations - 182 nominations for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and 81 nominations for Faith-Based Organisations(FBOs). Not only the number of nominations received was overwhelming, but also the fact that nominations were received from 46 countries and a wide variety of organisations. More.
Malawi - Role of caregivers in the era of HIV and AIDS
CAN member, the Lighthouse, Malawi, developed a community-led treatment adherence program called "The Ndife Amodzi" meaning "we are all one". The program highlights the importance of a community working together to support persons living with HIV. Community volunteers are ideal in providing ongoing/continuous care and support to persons living with HIV in their homes, and in particular, those on ART focusing on psychosocial rather than medical.
Read the short summary about the adherence programme. It is the base for a presentation at ICASA.
Care receivers are resources, not a burden for society
Source: Caritas Europa Newsletter Issue 6 2011
Peer Review: Closing the gap – in search for ways to deal with expanding care needs and limited resources; 20-21 October 2011, Sweden.
In its comments in the European Commission’s peer evaluation, Caritas Europa insists on the need for a radical change at the basis of policy-making in the field of care policies.
Caritas organisations in Europe believe it necessary to reinstate that the ultimate, fundamental aim of all care policies must be integral human development. Care-needing persons must be recognised in their holistic complexity, whose bodily and material needs have to be satisfied, and whose reason and free will have to meet appropriate conditions to be exercised. Every person is an active and responsible subject of his/her own development, and so the elderly and care-needing people must be considered. More.
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Global Launch of the 2011 Human Development Report (UNDP)
The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together - and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Read more.
HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases and globalisation
Author: Christopher J Colvin
Source: Health Systems Selected Readings 20 Sept-Oct 2011
HIV/AIDS has always been one of the most thoroughly global of diseases. In the era of widely available anti-retroviral therapy (ART), it is also commonly recognised as a chronic disease that can be successfully managed on a long-term basis. This article examines the chronic character of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and highlights some of the changes we might expect to see at the global level as HIV is increasingly normalised as "just another chronic disease". The article also addresses the use of this language of chronicity to interpret the HIV/AIDS pandemic and calls into question some of the consequences of an uncritical acceptance of concepts of chronicity.
HIV as a chronic disease considerations for service planning in resource-poor settings
Author: Lucy Reynolds
Source: Health Systems Selected Readings 20 Sept-Oct 2011
Although informal health workers are not taken into consideration, this is an interseting paper. It reviews the healthcare issues facing nations which have a substantial caseload of chronic HIV cases. It considers the challenges of extending antiretroviral coverage to an expanding caseload as supplier price rises and international trade agreements come into force to reduce the availability of affordable antiretrovirals just as the economic downturn restricts donor funding. It goes on to review the importance in this context of supporting adherence to drug regimens in order to preserve access to affordable antiretrovirals for those already on treatment, and of removing key barriers such as patient fees and supply interruptions. The demands of those with chronic HIV for health services other than antiretroviral therapy are considered in the light of the fearful or discriminatory attitudes of non-specialist healthcare staff due to HIV-related stigma, which is linked with the weakness of infection control measures in many health facilities. Full paper is available here.
Interventions to increase antiretroviral adherence in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of evaluation studies
Author: Till Barnighausen, Krisda Chaiyachati, Natsayi Chimbindi et al.
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol. 11, Issue 12, pp. 942-951, December 2011
The success of potent antiretroviral treatment for HIV infection is primarily determined by adherence. Evidence suggests that treatment supporters, directly observed therapy,
mobile-phone text messages, diary cards, and food rations can effectively increase adherence in sub-Saharan Africa. However, some interventions are unlikely to have large
or lasting effects, and others are effective only in specific settings. Download full article here.
France: Influence of volunteering on health of seniors (October 24, 2011)
(Article in French)
Source: Global Action on Ageing (GAA) Newsletter October 31, 2011
Malakoff Mederic has just published the results of a study to learn whether retirees involved in volunteer activities are healthier than those who are not. Some 600 volunteers and 600 non-volunteers responded to 49 questions about their physical and mental health as well as their quality of life. Divided into three categories (non-volunteers, active volunteers, very active volunteers), the results show that volunteering contributes to good health for retirees, and that the more active they are, the better their health. Read article here.
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Global Health Forum, 18-20 April 2012, Geneva
Source: Hotline HRH
The 4th edition Geneva Health Forum will take place in Geneva from 18-20 April 2012 - the theme of which is chronic conditions. The organizers are now inviting frontliners and health workers around the world to submit proposals -whether research abstracts or project experiences. Submissions along the entire health continuum- from upstream multi-sectoral policies for prevention of chronic conditions- both communicable and non communicable and related risk factors to downstream actions in the health sector for detection and treatment. Click here for further information.
Climate and Health Summit, July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa
The First Global Climate and Health Summit, took place parallel to the COP 17 climate negotiations. It aims to bring together key health sector actors to discuss the impacts of climate change on public health and solutions that promote greater health, as well as economic equity between and within nations. The People's Health Movement (PHM) was present as partner of the event. It was held on 4 December 2011 in the Tropicana hotel in Durban.
The Third People’s Health Assembly will take place July 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information and to register contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the Facebook group here.
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