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Launch of the HIV Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies Key Considerations Document and Toolkit

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
is pleased to announce the launch of the

HIV Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies
Key Considerations Document and Toolkit



Global health partners are pleased to announce the launch of two important resources for countries implementing HIV molecular testing: Key Considerations for Introducing New HIV Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies in National Health Systems<http://childrenandaids.org/sites/default/files/poc-toolkit/KCD_draft_English_Low-Res.pdf>, and the HIV Point-of-Care Diagnostics Toolkit<http://www.childrenandaids.org/poc-toolkit-page>.

With the increasing availability and rapidly growing interest in point-of-care (POC) molecular technologies for early infant diagnosis (EID) and viral load (VL) testing, many countries in Africa have introduced and are scaling up routine POC EID, and are also considering the targeted use of POC VL testing within their national health programs. These include countries such as Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

POC EID is a game changer in global efforts to end pediatric AIDS. The sustainable integration of POC EID technologies in national diagnostics systems can accelerate much needed progress towards achieving the 90-90-90 fast track targets for pediatric HIV. In 2016, only 43 percent of all HIV-exposed babies were tested for HIV within the recommended first two months of life and only 43 percent of children living with HIV received life-saving ART. Timely diagnosis and treatment is especially critical for infants infected in utero among whom mortality peaks in the first 2-3 months of life. Reaching the ambitious 90-90-90 targets requires a paradigm shift and innovative approaches. By allowing for the rapid return of HIV test results to caregivers and timely ART initiation, POC EID technologies have been shown to close the pediatric HIV diagnosis and treatment gap.

To address the rapidly growing interest from countries, global health partners developed the following two complementary resources to support countries with planning, piloting, and integrating new POC diagnostic technologies into their national health programs. These resources are based on robust implementation experience from more than 10 countries, and on the technical expertise of a variety of stakeholders.


* Key Considerations for Introducing New HIV Point of Care Diagnostic Technologies in National Health Systems is available in both English<http://childrenandaids.org/sites/default/files/poc-toolkit/KCD_draft_English_High-Res-.pdf> and French<http://childrenandaids.org/sites/default/files/poc-toolkit/KCD_draft_French_High-Res.pdf> and covers an array of topics across the planning and implementation continuum of POC HIV diagnostics, including policy and framework development; strategy and planning; regulations; quality assurance and data management; procurement and supply chain management; and monitoring and evaluation.

* HIV Point-of Care Diagnostics Toolkit contains various practical tools and guidance to support countries with planning and integration of POC HIV diagnostics into national laboratory networks. Developed through a joint inter-agency consensus-building process and hosted by the Learning Collaborative on UNICEF' Children and AIDS website<http://www.childrenandaids.org/>, the Toolkit currently consists of four modules: Product and Site Selection; Forecasting and Supply Planning; Regulations; and Quality Assurance. Additional modules are under development.
For a short introductory video on these new resources, click here.<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0Qj4RpnS0&feature=youtu.be>

To share your thoughts about these resources and additional modules you would find useful, please take the survey.<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJBWQNB>

For additional information, please join the Children and AIDS community of practice<https://knowledge-gateway.org/childrenandaids> and/or contact Upjeet Chandan at uchandan@unicef.org<mailto:uchandan@unicef.org>













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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
Programme Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
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Attachments
POC KCD Announcement 4_2 High Res.pdf

Webinar Wrap-Up CROI 2018

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative

Webinar on Updates from CROI 2018
New Science on HIV, Women, Children and Adolescents









On Thursday March 29th, 2018, Dr. Lynne Mofenson presented an overview of the latest science related to HIV, women, children and adolescents presented earlier this month at CROI 2018.

Below are links to the recording and presentations (abbreviated and full versions) for your reference and to share with your networks.

CROI 2018 Webinar Recording and Presentations<http://childrenandaids.org/croi-2018>

For any questions, please contact Jessica Rodrigues at jerodrigues@unicef.org.




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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
Programme Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
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Reminder: CROI 2018 Summary Webinar - TODAY!

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative

is pleased to host a

Webinar on Updates from CROI 2018
New Science on HIV, Women, Children and Adolescents

Thursday, 29 March 2018









Dr. Lynne Mofenson will present an overview of the latest science related to HIV, women, children and adolescents on Thursday March 29th, 2018 at 9am EST.

The webinar will be 1 hour with time for Q&A and discussion.

To join the webinar click here.<https://meet.unicef.org/jerodrigues/34K4KK6N>

For any questions, please contact Jessica Rodrigues at jerodrigues@unicef.org<mailto:jerodrigues@unicef.org>.

NOTE: Please download and test the software prior to the webinar for optimal connectivity. It is also advisable to use headphones for good audio quality and to consult your IT focal point for support.



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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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CROI 2018 Summary Webinar - 29th March 2018

1 month 1 week ago
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UNICEF Learning Collaborative

is pleased to host a

Webinar on Updates from CROI 2018
New Science on HIV, Women, Children and Adolescents

Thursday, 29 March 2018









Dr. Lynne Mofenson will present an overview of the latest science related to HIV, women, children and adolescents on Thursday March 29th, 2018 at 9am EST.

The webinar will be 1 hour with time for Q&A and discussion.

To join the webinar click here.<https://meet.unicef.org/jerodrigues/34K4KK6N>

For any questions, please contact Jessica Rodrigues at jerodrigues@unicef.org.

NOTE: Please download and test the software prior to the webinar for optimal connectivity. It is also advisable to use headphones for good audio quality and to consult your IT focal point for support.



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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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JIAS Supplement on 'Paediatric and Adolescent HIV and the Sustainable Development Goals: the road ahead to 2030'

1 month 3 weeks ago
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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
is pleased to share the
JIAS Supplement on 'Paediatric and Adolescent HIV and the Sustainable Development Goals: the road ahead to 2030'




The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is has launched a new supplement entitled 'Paediatric and Adolescent HIV and the Sustainable Development Goals: the road ahead to 2030'. The content of this supplement was guided by guest editors Douglas Webb (UNDP), Chewe Luo (UNICEF), and Lucie Cluver (Oxford University), and organized by the International AIDS Society's Collaborative Initiative on Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER).

The enormous progress in the HIV response made during the Millennium Development Goal era motivated the global HIV community to commit to end AIDS by 2030. However, the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has led to a reframing of the global response to HIV. Adopted in 2015, the SDGs outline a set of objectives and specific targets to address both individual and collective well-being and development. The SDGs cover several fields including poverty, health, education, working conditions and the climate.

Instead of having a millennium development goal focused specifically on infectious diseases, HIV components are now spread across several targets and goals that comprise the SDGs. While this shift could be seen as a threat to HIV funding, support and response capacity, there are multiple opportunities within the SDGs that can be used to address paediatric and adolescent HIV with the ultimate goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030 (outlined in SDG 3.3).

This timely supplement illustrates how the HIV response has the latent potential to be a driver across the development arena from a range of perspectives. The papers cover various areas, from the effects of combined service provision, as a proxy of SDG interaction, on HIV-mortality in adolescents in South Africa to the need for adolescents and young people to be meaningfully engaged as leaders of the HIV response, or the impact of criminalization of drug use and punitive policy environments on adolescents' health and HIV transmission risks

To access the special issue, please click here: http://bit.ly/2E72lWF

For inquiries or further information, please contact: editorial@jiasociety.org<mailto:editorial@jiasociety.org>









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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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Participation Grant for the 10th Workshop on HIV Pediatrics

2 months 1 week ago
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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
is pleased to share the
Virology Education's Participants Grant
for the 10th Workshop on HIV Pediatrics




Virology Education is now accepting applications for their Conference Participation Grant. The Grant is for healthcare practitioners who require financial assistance to attend the 10th HIV Pediatrics Workshop this July in Amsterdam, which will be held in conjunction with the International AIDS Conference.

The Grant covers registration to the Conference, including support for travel and hotel accommodation on the Conference dates.

The deadline for applications is on Friday, 20 April 2018.

For details on eligibility and application procedures, please visit Virology Education's website<http://www.virology-education.com/event/upcoming/10th-workshop-hiv-pediatrics/grants/>.
To apply, please visit Virology Education's portal here<https://virology.eventsair.com/PresentationPortal/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FPresentationPortal%2Fcpg-application-virology-education-2018%2Fgrant-application-ve>.







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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS Launches 'Free to Shine' Campaign

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
is pleased to share the launch of the
'Free to Shine' Campaign
by the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA)






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The "Free to Shine: Africa United Against Childhood AIDS" campaign, supported by the African Union, the Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) and partners, was launched during the OAFLA General Assembly on 28 January 2018.

During the launch, the First Ladies of twelve African nations committed to ending AIDS in children by 2030. The First Lady of Ethiopia who is current President of OAFLA gave opening remarks at the launch event and interventions were made by the First Ladies of Algeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. A summary of the goal and objectives of the 'Free to Shine' campaign are described below:

GOAL:

* Contribute to ending pediatric AIDS by 2030 and keeping mothers alive and healthy.

OBJECTIVES:

* Mobilise high level leadership, increase awareness, further strengthen ownership and accountability to end AIDS in children and keep mothers live;
* Cultivate partnerships and advocate for action to mobilise resources to end pediatric AIDS;
* Foster community involvement and participation to increase ownership of the EMTCT programmes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please visit the OAFLA website here<http://www.oafla.org/index.php>.



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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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WHO Survey on HIV Testing Services Guidelines Application

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
invites you to participate in the
Survey for HIV testing services guidelines application
by the WHO




The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a smartphone and tablet application that will allow users to reference WHO guidelines on HIV testing services (HTS) on their devices. This will be a shift from publishing guidelines in hard copy and electronically on their website.

The WHO is now collecting feedback from potential users through a short survey to ensure that this app will be as useful and effective as possible. The survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, and features questions on the usage of technology, guidelines and app features.

The deadline to take this survey is 7 February 2018.

To participate in the survey, please visit their website<https://hivsurvey.org/>.



Please click on the respective links to read more about WHO's Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services<http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/179870/1/9789241508926_eng.pdf?ua=1&ua=1> and WHO's Guidelines on HIV Self-Testing and Partner Notification<http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/251655/1/9789241549868-eng.pdf?ua=1>.


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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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Start Free Challenge

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UNICEF Learning Collaborative
is pleased to share with you the
The Start Free Challenge
sponsored by ViiV Healthcare and UNAIDS



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The Start Free Challenge<https://www.positiveactionchallenges.com/challenges/start-free.html> was launched by Positive Action Challenges, a ViiV Healthcare funded innovation platform, in partnership with UNAIDS.

The challenge is seeking replicable innovations at a local level which can speed up the progress being made to reach the super-fast-track target to reduce new HIV infections in children to less than 40,000 by 2018 and 20,000 by 2020.

In addition to the standard judging criteria,<https://www.positiveactionchallenges.com/challenges/start-free.html> solutions must demonstrate progress towards reaching the super-fast track 95-95-95 targets, be sustainable and show how clinics are collaborating with communities to provide a comprehensive response including reaching hard to reach families and those not accessing care.

The prize is $100,000, which will be divided between up to 4 winners.

The deadline for submissions of concept notes is on the 15th February (23:59 GMT), and the full application deadline is on 29th March, 23:59 GMT.



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For more information on how to apply, please visit Positive Action Challenge's website here<https://www.positiveactionchallenges.com/challenges/start-free.html>. You can also find out more about ViiV Healthcare<https://www.viivhealthcare.com/> and UNAIDS<http://www.unaids.org/> on their respective websites.






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Jessica Rodrigues, MS
HIV Specialist (Partnerships and Learning)
UNICEF, HIV Section
3 UN Plaza
917 265-4533

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