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My Health, My Right

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health|

GENEVA, 6 November 2017—In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, UNAIDS has launched this year’s World AIDS Day campaign. The campaign, My Health, My Right, focuses on the right to health and explores the challenges people around the world face in exercising their rights. “All people, regardless of their age, gender, where they live or [...]

Living a Better Life on ART

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health, Malawi|

“The nets have improved. My life has improved. Life is good!”   John Connelly of the EQUIP Right to Care country program in Malawi had the opportunity to interview Felix Mnthali Mswayo in Kambiro-Mbiro, on the shore of Lake Malawi, near Chitimba Village (at the base of Livingsotnia, Malawi). This story of hope must be spread far [...]

  • World AIDS Day 2017

Spotlight on HIV Community Researchers

November 30th, 2017|Zambia|

Community health worker in Zambia, Precious Mary Manzi, has been part of the EQUIP Right to Care country program since August 2017. Here she is conducts a research interview with Jessica Mwale who is HIV positive. Researchers like Precious interview 30 to 40 patients per week. Jessica is new on treatment and has been on antiretroviral [...]

  • Raymond Chalwe is a former security guard and tested positive for HIV on 29 August 2017. He started treatment on 7 September 2017. World AIDS Day 2017

Raymond Chalwe’s Message on World AIDS Day

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health, Zambia|

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Raymond Chalwe from Zambia, an EQUIP-supported country, tested positive for HIV on 29 August 2017 and started treatment on 7 September after not feeling well for three months. At first after beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART), Raymond said he had “bad [...]

  • World Aids Day 2017, EQUIP Right to Care Zambia

Harry Chama’s Story of HOPE

November 28th, 2017|Zambia|

Harry Chama from Zambia is 31 years old and HIV positive. He found out his HIV status June 1st, 2017 and began treatment on the same day. He says he is feeling well, his weight is increasing and he’s been telling his friends they should also test. On World AIDS Day 2017, Harry's message to USAID: [...]

The HIV Depression Connection

November 3rd, 2017|Equip Health|

Depression is the most common psychiatric illness worldwide, with the average person having a lifetime risk of about 10% of having a depressive episode (1). It is also one of the most underdiagnosed psychiatric conditions, especially in men. However, research has shown that people with HIV have a much higher risk of developing depression, about [...]

I knew I was sick

November 3rd, 2017|Zambia|

Mildred’s Story “I knew I was sick. I’ve known it for the last year but I was too scared, no – too petrified – to have a test. My husband is a miner in the Copperbelt and he only comes home once in a month. It’s my duty to look after our three children. I [...]

Technical Assistance

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Technical Assistance provided by EQUIP to Ministries of Health closes the gaps that hold back access and uptake of HIV treatment and care services. In an effort to strengthen health systems at national and regional level, EQUIP With the support of USAID, EQUIP currently provides innovative technical assistance to Ministries of Health and local implementation partners [...]

Self Testing

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

HIV self-testing has the potential to significantly increase HIV testing uptake among at-risk populations, particularly those who are reluctant to get tested at health facilities. Fear of stigma and lack of confidentiality can pose barriers to HIV testing, but this may change with this new HIV testing option. HIV self-testing (HIV ST) has been associated [...]

Test & Start

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

In October 2015, the World Health Organization issued guidance on what it calls the treat-all approach - or Test & Start - recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART), for everyone living with HIV at any CD4 cell count. Commonly known as Test and Start, this approach begins patients on ART immediately after an HIV-positive diagnosis in an effort to [...]