@MSF Video for World #AIDS Day: People with #HIV still face major hurdles

Note: This was cross-posted to my own blog.

Another year and another December mark the passage of another World AIDS Day. This has been an exciting year for HIV research and policy, with the WHO updating guidelines to recommend that anyone diagnosed with HIV get on ARVs, PrEP gaining traction in the US (even in my own Lone Star State!) and approval in France, new optimism in the effort to development a vaccine, and talk of ending AIDS by 2030. Aw, yeah.

Alas, we are not there yet – and World AIDS Day is an important day to remember that. While many countries have turned the tide of their HIV epidemics, it is getting worse in several others and, in South Korea’s case, presents the potential for a fast-approaching crisis. MSF is always a good resource for bringing optimists back to reality. In this video, they remind us that in order to keep up the progress we have made against AIDS by treating HIV, we need to make sure that those who are infected stay in care – which will take sustained efforts in treatment, policy, and funding.

Communicating Through Animation: Video Reviews

The two videos below, one from the WHO and the other from USAID, use cartoon animations to convey their messages. While I think the use of animation in global health videos is an interesting tactic, I wonder if it’s a more or less effective form of communication when compared to videos featuring real people. I understand the need to find alternative, non-traditional ways to communicate and share messages, but, personally, I don’t find it as compelling to watch the story of a cartoon character, even when it’s based on a true story. Since global health work is about the people impacted and lives saved, I think it’s nice to see both the challenges and results as they appear in reality.

The first video highlights some of the different ways the WHO improves our health on a daily basis. The second video celebrates World AIDS Day (today, December 1) and 10 years of PEPFAR with the story of Gift, a 10-year old girl whose family was impacted by HIV. Watch these two short videos and leave a comment to let us know how you feel about the use of animation.

WHO: Bringing Health to Life
World AIDS Day 2013: Gift’s Last 10 Years 

Weekly Global Health News Round-Up

World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st by the CDC and its partners from around the globe. (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/worldaidsday/?s_cid=fb1285) According to the report by the World Health Organization (WHO) there has been 15% reduction of new infections and a 22% decline in death due to this deadly virus. (Source: http://www.who.int/en/)

The Guardian has put out a global map showing the level of corruption country-by-country based on data from Transparency International. (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/dec/01/world-corruption-index-transparency-international-map)

Politics and Policies:



Diseases and Disasters:

These headlines were compiled by Vani Nanda, MPH Candidate at West Chester University PA.

Global Health News Last Week

December 1 was World AIDS Day.
December 3 was International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

The UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change kicked off its 2010 summit in Cancún on November 29; it will last through this Friday, December 10. Triple Crisis is running a good general series on the conference, while Jade Sasser, a policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, is blogging about the event with a special focus on the health effects of climate change on Blog 4 Global Health and Dialogue4Health.

The mHealth Africa Summit was held in Accra, Ghana, on December 2 and 3.

A massive meningitis vaccination campaign, with the newly-developed vaccine MenAfriVacTM, kicks off today in Burkina Faso.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, which begins with the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women on November 25, is underway and will go until December 10.

The NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women held the first annual Health and Well-Being of Displaced Women Conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 29-30.

I will not be blogging about AIDS today: World AIDS Day Round-Up

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Today is World AIDS Day, which means that every blog out there that deals with international health, development, and/or humanitarian work has commented on it in some form or fashion. (I have seen great material on Humanosphere in particular.) Since most of these people are well-established professionals that know way more than I do, I will let them all speak for me and just try to collect the highlights of all that I have read today.

The Global Health Delivery Project put together a great round-up of media stories and major research reports.

End the Neglect posted a reading list as well as a great “status report” by blogger Alanna Shaikh.

The Center for Global Development has posted several blog entries on HIV/AIDS leading up to today, including a response to President George W. Bush’s piece on Pepfar in the Washington Post.

And finally, my personal favorite: Sarah Boseley of the Guardian wrote a piece on the importance of keeping AIDS on the agenda all year long.