Entrevista del Correo del Orinoco al Dr. Cesar Nuñez

Entrevista realizada al Director Regional de ONUSIDA para América Latina, el Dr. Cesar Nuñez, por Vanessa Davies del Correo del Orinoco

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LINK  http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/salud-publica/pais-tiene-voluntad-politica-pero-debe-mejorar-gestion-atencion-vih/

Entrevista del Dr. César Nuñez en el programa Cruce de Palabras de TELESUR.

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Entre el 6 y el 9 de Octubre de 2014 se encontró de visita en la ciudad de Caracas el Dr. César Nuñez, quien es el Director Regional de ONUSIDA.

El Dr. Nuñez sostuvo varios encuentros con la prensa, entre ellos una entrevista en el programa Cruce de Palabras de la Cadena Telesur y del cual anexamos el link.

http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/web/telesur/#!es/video/cruce-de-palabras-297912

Onusida destaca potencialidad de América Latina para alcanzar metas en combate al VIH

Onusida destaca potencialidad de América Latina para alcanzar metas en combate al VIH

Venezolana de Televisión

11/10/2014

Caracas, 11 de octubre de 2014.- El director del Equipo de apoyo para América Latina del Programa Conjunto de las Naciones Unidas sobre el VIH/Sida (Onusida), César Antonio Núñez, indicó este viernes que la región tiene el potencial para alcanzar las metas en la lucha contra el Sindrome de Inmuno Deficiencia Adquirida (Sida).

En la región se ha planteado cumplir para 2020 la meta 90-90-90: elevar a 90% el porcentaje de personas infectadas que conocen su diagnóstico, llevar a 90% la proporción de pacientes bajo tratamiento antirretroviral y ubicar en 90% el porcentaje de pacientes bajo tratamiento con carga viral indetectable, refiere la Organización Panamericana de la Salud en su portal web (www.paho.org).

Durante una entrevista en el programa Cruce de Palabras, transmitido por Telesur, Núñez explicó que es fundamental elevar el número de diagnósticos y pacientes tratados para poder disminuir el porcentaje de posibles contagios. “Al captarles a ellos con mayor frecuencia, es que vamos a poder ubicar la enfermedad y darle el tratamiento”.

Indicó que América Latina es unas de las regiones que más recursos destina a la compra de medicamentos, a la protección social y las políticas públicas que benefician a las personas infectadas del virus.

Mas, aunque los países suramericanos “están asumiendo lo que les corresponde, sin embargo, necesitamos un compromiso de nación que se ajuste a un presupuesto, un presupuesto con planes estratégicos, y que esos planes estratégicos sean revisados”.

En ese sentido, pidió llevar el tema a la perspectiva de organismos internacionales como la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Unasur) y el Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur).

Según cifras de Onusida, América Latina reporta 1,6 millones de personas viviendo con VIH, de los cuales 45% está en tratamiento, “Estas es una proporción no tan grande en comparación con el mundo. Nos falta poco. Hay más cobertura para poder identificar y la identificación permite brindar atención a estas personas”.

Además, Núñez enfatizó que uno de los desafíos planteados es que los países puedan acceder a medicamentos que no son tan costosos como se ha hecho creer.

Victoria Beckham “grafitea” una pared en su camino a Sudáfrica como embajador de Buena Voluntad de la ONU

Victoria Beckham graffitis a wall as she heads to South Africa as UN goodwill ambassador

Express, UK

13/10/2014

 

Story also covered by Daily Mail, UK

By: Kirsty McCormack

The mother-of-four shared several photos of herself in South Africa as she embarked on her first mission since being made a UN goodwill ambassador for an AIDS charity.

In the first snap she can be seen spraying graffiti on a wall as she adds to some of the artwork that has already been done.

She captioned the picture: “Education + art = Aids free future @UNAIDS x vb.”

In another photo, she can be seen kneeling down as she hugs a young boy, alongside which she wrote: ‘Inspiring day in Soweto visiting @hivsa with @ejaf x vb ‘.

Victoria, 40, also made the time to have a chat with a group of young women and can be seen sitting on the grass with them as they tell her their stories.

Her visit to South Africa follows her appearance at a press conference at the United Nations building in New York last month, where she said she was “honoured” to have beeen made an ambassador for their UNAIDS campaign.

She told the audience: “I am mother and I am a woman. I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this.

“I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.”

She continued: “It’s taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother. For some reason people will listen to me. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me.

“I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.

“I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future.”

Por qué las barreras en la frontera del Reino Unido no funcionarán para el VIH

Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV

The Guardian, UK

10/10/2014

Sarah Boseley, health editor

Nigel Farage may want to suggest otherwise – with his proposal that people with HIV be barred from entering the country – but most people who have the virus in the UK were born here. According to Public Health England, which has collected and analysed the statistics ever since HIV emerged over 30 years ago, 62% of those who were newly infected with the virus in 2012 were born in the UK.

The actual numbers are fairly small. There are 98,400 people living with HIV infection in the UK, of whom about 53,000 (the numbers are all estimates) are heterosexual.

There are 41,000 infected men who have sex with men, or MSM, and it is in this group that numbers are rising, to the alarm of HIV specialists.

Public Health England does not give the figures for people in this group who came to Britain from another country; most are assumed born here.

Its latest report, however, says that among the 53,000 heterosexuals with HIV, 11,000 were African-born men and 20,700 were African-born women.

The figures suggest the HIV epidemic in the UK is not being massively fuelled by immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, where the incidence is so much higher.

Turning back people with HIV who want to live and work in the UK could be a problem. Some who arrive do not know they are infected. People can be well for a decade before they begin to get symptoms. That is one of the main issues doctors are trying to address in the UK and rest of the world.

Globally, we need to know who has HIV for this important reason: there is now clear evidence that if people with HIV are given antiretroviral drugs they not only stay alive and well and can get on with a normal life, they stop being infectious; the level of virus in the body drops so low it is not passed on to sexual partners.

So, one of the big focuses of the international effort against Aids is getting people tested. For that to happen, the stigma of HIV and Aids has to go, but it has proved hard to shift. Two years ago the ban on people with HIV entering the US was lifted. It had kept out only those who were open about their infection; they tended to be brave and vociferous campaigners – who ensured the US got regular doses of bad publicity for closing its borders to them.

A ban will never keep out those who do not know, or those who do not want to admit it. HIV testing is voluntary, worldwide. No one is going to set up booths with testing kits at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, let alone at the  Channel ports. Anyone with HIV who wanted to come in would still be able to do so. But they would feel unwelcome and they would be secretive and probably they would not seek a voluntary test and treatment. And that would keep the UK epidemic – now declining slightly year on year – going.

Núñez: “Venezuela cumple con antirretrovirales”

Núñez: “Venezuela cumple con antirretrovirales”

Últimas Noticias, Venezuela

10/10/2014

Rosibel González | ÚN.- “Venezuela se posiciona ante el resto de los países de la región tras cumplir con el esquema de tratamiento para pacientes con VIH/sida”. Tal afirmación es de César Antonio Núñez, director regional de Onusida para América Latina, luego de una serie de reuniones con representantes que rigen este programa en el país.

Sin embargo, dijo que en Venezuela “el problema es de gestión, noto que hay un compromiso del Estado y también recursos, pero a la hora de poner en marcha ese presupuesto se observa un vacío en la gestión, eso es lo que tratamos de solventar”.

En cuanto a los procedimientos que deben seguirse para la requisición de medicamentos antirretrovirales, el funcionario señaló que desde el programa conjunto de las Naciones Unidas sobre el VIH/Sida se está proponiendo que en Venezuela se reduzca el tiempo de entrega de los fármacos requeridos.

Sostuvo que daría prioridad al llamado que le hicieran diversos grupos de activistas de derechos humanos de la salud en relación con el no recibimiento, a tiempo, de los esquemas de tratamientos antirretrovirales para pacientes con VIH/sida, por lo cual acotó que van a colaborar con asistencia técnica directa “para identificar el porqué de las fallas, queremos garantizar que no haya déficit en la distribución”.

Indicó que se ha designado un equipo de Onusida para que también acompañe en esta labor. “Es un desafío que tenemos que identificar, haremos una segunda visita para corroborar si se está cumpliendo”.

Explicó que esta misma situación se presenta en México, Colombia, Ecuador y Brasil. Agregó que valora logros en materia legal que se refieren a la no discriminación de personas con HIV.

ONUSIDA reconoce que Venezuela garantiza derecho a la salud de pacientes con VIH

ONUSIDA reconoce que Venezuela garantiza derecho a la salud de pacientes con VIH

Venezolana de Television

10/10/2014

En reunión sostenida con el Ministerio de Salud, se discutió acerca de las nuevas alternativas para implementar en el país, como lo son las pruebas rápidas de diagnóstico / Abordaron la Guía de Tratamiento Antirretroviral

Caracas, 9 de octubre de 2014 .- Este jueves se efectuó una reunión en el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud (MPPS) con el Programa Conjunto de las Naciones Unidas sobre VIH/SIDA (ONUSIDA) para revisar cómo están los estándares en esta patología. Venezuela es uno de los pocos países en el mundo que garantiza el tratamiento de medicamentos antirretrovirales.

Claudia Morón, Viceministra de Redes de Salud Colectiva, manifestó que se discutió acerca de las nuevas alternativas para implementar en el país, como lo son las pruebas rápidas de diagnóstico para pacientes con VIH/SIDA. También se revisó cómo está la población de mujeres embarazadas en el control de la transmisión vertical de esta enfermedad.

En la reunión se presentó la Guía de Tratamiento Antirretroviral, la cual fue publicada en Gaceta Oficial mediante la Resolución 131 del MPPS, “la cual va a ser un gran avance para los protocolos para la aplicación de los  tratamientos en todos los centros hospitalarios, tanto del Sistema Público Nacional de Salud como el sistema privado”.

Morón resaltó que el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud (MPPS) “garantiza el derecho social y fundamental a la salud a todas las personas con VIH-SIDA mediante el suministro totalmente gratuito y de calidad del tratamiento antirretroviral”.

Por su parte, César Núñez, director Regional de ONUSIDA para América Latina. expresó que este encuentro fue muy importante por el intercambio de experiencias de cómo avanza la respuesta al VIH en Venezuela. Además se sintió complacido en la confirmación de que las nuevas Guías de Tratamiento Antirretroviral ya están oficialmente sancionadas y serán distribuidas próximamente.

“Esto sienta las bases para que el diagnóstico pueda ser intensificado con mayor facilidad y a tiempo, siendo este servicio totalmente gratuito para el paciente que lo requiera”, dijo Núñez./LFA

África prometedora: líderes se reúnen para discutir desarrollo sostenible que no deje a nadie atrás

Africa Rising: leaders meet to discuss sustainable development that leaves no one behind

UNAIDS

24/09/2014

How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York.

Taking place at the Africa Center and organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the 22 September event brought together a number of African heads of state, United Nations partners, and leaders from African civil society and the business community.

They examined how to move beyond simply talking about the need for broad-based economic transformation and sustainable development to taking concrete steps to make them a reality, especially with regard to the post-2015 development agenda.

A session on ensuring shared prosperity looked at ways to improve investment and resource mobilization, champion entrepreneurship and ensure social protection. Another stressed that development cannot be achieved without the existence of good governance, peace, security and respect for human rights.

It was agreed that ensuring health for all was a critical facet of Africa’s rise, and that ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 now a realistic goal. There was also a consensus that the continent’s rise should not only be measured in terms of overall wealth generated but by the inclusiveness of socioeconomic progress that leaves no one behind.

Derechos de mujeres: cautivando a la otra mitad de la población

Women’s rights: Engaging the other half of the population

AL Jazeera

24/09/2014

Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin is a UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly will focus on challenges such as terrorism, climate change and the spread of Ebola. They will also reflect on progress made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, a groundbreaking moment for women and their right to control their lives and fertility.

But the 20-year review takes place against a backdrop of ongoing violence against women, and attempts to take back control of their bodies. What we are seeing in the news every day is the very visible perpetration of that violence. And the ongoing moves to take away women’s choices and access to contraception and family planning are a grave threat to women’s rights, health and freedom, and the well-being of communities and nations around the world.

Certainly, a global review of the Cairo Programme of Action does show significant progress. More people have escaped poverty, more women are surviving childbirth, more girls are going to school, and more women have access to modern contraception.

But still, in every country, women and girls continue to face discrimination, violence and denial of their reproductive rights. And this is not only hurting them, it is blocking social and economic progress.

We have to ask ourselves how far we have come when one in three women worldwide will be subjected to physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. And we know that this violence only increases in times of conflict.

Who among us is not horrified by the stories of women in Iraq and Syria fleeing the brutality of ISIL insurgents, of displaced women in camps in South Sudan who are afraid to go to the toilet for fear of being raped, of the schoolgirls in Nigeria who remain missing after being abducted months ago by Boko Haram. I could go on. Violence against women occurs to varying degrees in all countries. The list of the crimes and violations committed against women and girls is endless and senseless, and so is the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators.

I was in Cairo 20 years ago and remember thinking that the agreement reached by 179 leaders was ahead of its time. That was before the internet age, and nearly 4,000 journalists were there to tell the story and cover the debate, which was often contentious. For the first time, the global spotlight was shone on issues that had previously been considered taboo and too private to be discussed in public.

Newspaper headlines and radio and TV reports focused on women’s role in society, relations between women and men, family planning, population growth, young people and sex education.

Women activists demanded that the focus of population and development must be on women and their rights – to live free of violence, coercion and discrimination, to control their own bodies and fertility, and to play their full and equal role in society.

I can tell you with certainty that the Cairo agenda remains relevant, constitutes unfinished business and demands stronger commitment.

Moving forward, we must build on the lessons learned from the 20-year-review. I believe that the most important finding is that we must tackle the rising inequality that is leaving millions of women and girls behind.

Today, one in three girls in developing countries will be married before the age of 18, victims of early, forced and child marriage. More than 220 million women, who want to use family planning, do not have access to modern contraception. And 800 women per day, many of them adolescent girls, will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth even though most of these deaths could be prevented with quality healthcare.

I have spent decades fighting for women’s and girls’ rights to sexual and reproductive health, and I will continue to do so. I thank all people worldwide who champion this cause and I urge all leaders coming to the UN to recommit and take stronger action.

We know that reproductive rights are a prerequisite for women’s empowerment and gender equality. We also know that any challenge – whether terrorism, climate change or Ebola – cannot be solved by only half the population; it requires all of us.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin is a UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

 The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

ONU lanza Cero Muertes de Madres

UN launches Zero Mothers Die

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

09/2014

The UN has launched a new international campaign to promote efforts to fight maternal and child mortality.

Unveiled at the fifth Women Leaders Forum during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday (September 22nd), the Zero Mothers Die campaign plans to use IT, particularly mobile technology, to get healthcare information to women who need it.

It comes as part of the ongoing Every Woman Every Child initiative, which began during the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit four years ago.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said at the event that the new campaign will leave no mother behind as it focuses on reducing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.

“We have to revolutionise the HIV response and ensure that all women have access to the HIV services they need,” he said.

Christine Kaseba, Zambia’s first lady, added that investment is needed in technology to help increase the impact of healthcare initiatives.

“No baby should die because the right information was not available,” she said.

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