July 15, 2022 | Anthony Okoth
Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology
Regional Communications Specialist
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The Fifth Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V) Report 2021 is a nationally representative household-based survey conducted between March and August 2021. Its main aim was to provide information on national and district-level progress towards achieving key HIV targets.
Friday, July 14, 2023
The health sector in Malawi was faced with a pressing backlog issue of unprocessed HIV viral load samples. These had accumulated due to reagent stockouts and persistent power outages in the country.
Friday, July 07, 2023
The Intersection of Non-Communicable Diseases and HIV: Opportunities for Botswana to Lead the Response
For a country like Botswana with a high HIV burden, integration of healthcare services is vital to provide comprehensive interventions. Lifestyle factors such as tobacco smoking, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity heighten the risk of developing NCDs for people living with HIV.
Friday, July 07, 2023
BSMART focuses on identifying effective interventions for HIV-positive individuals who smoke. The launch of the BSMART Study signifies a significant step forward in tackling tobacco use among HIV-positive individuals in Botswana.
Monday, October 31, 2022
Institute of Human Virology (IHV) researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have received two five-year awards from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a total of $7.5 million. One award aims to reduce the incidence of lung cancer and other cancers associated with using tobacco in Botswana. The other is focusing on improving screening and treatment of anal precancer in Nigeria. Both grants will make use of existing HIV treatment and prevention infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries to reach people living with HIV who are most at risk for these particular types of cancers.
Monday, October 03, 2022
In Nairobi, Ciheb’s PACT Endeleza program, with the assistance of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Nairobi City County, established medically assisted therapy (MAT) clinics to reduce the spread of HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID) and provide opioid substitution therapy (OST). These clinics in Mathari and Ngara were established with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Zambia remains one of the countries that the HIV and AIDS epidemic hard hit. These factors necessitate spreading awareness of the importance of testing and treatment among Zambians.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common of the viral hepatitis in Africa, with the African region accounting for 26% of the global burden for hepatitis B and Cin 2020.
Monday, August 15, 2022
Adopting Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes is an approach for accelerating progress towards attainment of the 95-95-95 global HIV targets.
Monday, July 18, 2022
The OTZ Day participants, drawn from facilities within the counties, presented dances and skits themed on adherence to clinical appointments, medication, and viral suppression.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
This World AIDS Day, December 1, UNAIDS is focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the context of intersectional global health and societal challenges. This year's theme — "End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics." — brings attention to the inequalities that are hindering progress in AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics.