Monthly Archives: October 2017

Contraception and midlife women: dispelling the myths


Why is there a scarcity of information on birth control as it pertains to the midlife women? In this blog, Dr. Gloria A Bachmann challenges outdated ideas about the safety of contraception for midlife women and argues for comprehensive contraceptive counseling and for not limiting choices being offered to midlife women before there is an individualized assessment of the risks and benefits of each method.


Community-based interventions to improve antenatal care uptake and quality Tanzania.


Shinyanga is a rural Tanzanian region with an exceptionally high HIV prevalence, located near Lake Victoria and the border with Uganda. Recognising the acute importance of improving and expediting the efforts against mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Shinyanga, World Vision Tanzania, supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, implemented a community-based project to increase antenatal care quality and uptake. This two-year project ran from January 2014 to April 2016.


Strengthening global efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis


The countdown is on. There’s one week to go until over 850 delegates descend on São Paulo, Brazil all armed with one goal: the elimination of viral hepatitis. In this blog, Raquel Peck, CEO of World Hepatitis Alliance writes about how to prepare for the upcoming World Hepatitis Summit, a joint initiative between WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance. The Summit takes place in collaboration with a different host country every year, and in 2017 will take place November 1-3 in the author’s hometown of São Paulo.


We can no longer neglect health worker skills and capacity if we are to achieve sustainable progress against neglected tropical diseases


In the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) there has been remarkable progress in recent years. However, with many rural communities unable to routinely diagnose and report NTDs there remains an urgent need to build knowledge among health workers and improve capacity to cope with these diseases.

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Securing crucial funding for harm reduction in a challenging setting: Iva Jovović discusses LET, the quality-of-life improvement NGO in Croatia


Following a workshop in Budapest last autumn on how to secure sustainable funding for harm reduction in Central and Eastern Europe, Jeffrey Lazarus has been speaking with participants about what is working in their countries. The resulting interviews are part of the European Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT). In this blog, he interviews Iva Jovović, executive director of LET, a Croatian NGO focusing on harm reduction and quality-of-life improvement for people who use drugs.