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  • Don’t forget treatment on World Hepatitis Day

    The prohibitive price of hepatitis C virus medications will result in needless deaths if we don’t act now July 28, 2015 — On World Hepatitis Day 2015, as the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes prevention, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) urge pharmaceutical companies and the governments of middle-income countries (MICs) to act now to facilitate access to treatment for all people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), to avoid needless deaths from HCV complications and to prevent new infections. Globally, more than 150 million people live with chronic HCV, the majority living in MICs, also home to 73% of the world’s poorest people. Each year, HCV kills 700,000 people and 3-4 million are newly infected. “Over the coming years, there is huge potential to transform the treatment of HCV infection, as new all-oral treatments, called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), become available. DAAs have a shorter treatment period and more ...
  • ITPC at IAS Vancouver - July 2015

    The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to co-host a Satellite Event, “ART Programmatic Strategies to reach and maintain Undetectable Viral Load” at the IAS Conference in Vancouver on 19 July 2015. Bactrin Killingo, a palliative care specialist and Senior Knowledge Lead for ITPC, chaired the session. Bactrin explained the importance of Routine Viral Load testing, enhanced adherence support, and community-based ART in reaching and maintaining undetectable load for the greatest number of people as early as possible. Review of Routine Viral Load Testing Solange Baptiste, Global Director of Programs and Advocacy at ITPC, stressed the importance of treatment literacy. Solange presented findings from a recent review of access to Routine Viral Load (RVL) Testing across 12 African countries. Coordinated by ARASA and ITPC the results of the review suggest limited availability of RVL and low levels of awareness of the ...

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  • Support for Amnesty's draft policy to decriminalize sex work

    In a letter to Amnesty International, Christine Stegling shows ITPC’s support for a draft policy to decriminalize sex work. Dear Salil Shetty Re: Support for your draft policy statement on the decriminalization of sex work I am writing to you in my capacity as the Executive Director of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), a global coalition of HIV treatment activists from around the globe. We work in all geographic regions of the world through our eight regional networks and a variety of partnerships. As a global coalition, ITPC was founded on a strong belief in international solidarity among people living with and affected by HIV. We believe that the fight for HIV treatment remains one of the most significant global health rights issues, with the majority of those requiring treatment still lacking adequate access. While much progress has been made in terms of people living with HIV accessing anti-retroviral treatment and HIV prevention services, ...
  • Reflections on youth activism

    Carlo Oliveras, Advocacy Coordinator of ITPC Latin America and Caribbean, talks about the challenges facing youth activists. This post is from ITPC’s recently published Annual Report 2014. As young people, we have come a long way and successfully achieved inclusion in HIV spaces. We have sat on panels, we have sat in some decision-making spaces, we have been volunteers and we have supported different initiatives within the HIV response. HIV response forgotting the needs of young people Yet, the HIV response and “the system” – the main entities funding, delivering and advocating for HIV programs that are in positions of power – have all played a role in forgetting about the real needs of young people. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released data that AIDS is the second leading cause of death among adolescents worldwide – but does it really surprise us? It didn’t come as a shock to us, young people working in ...

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ITPC and KeNPUD: Working together to protect the health and rights of PUDs in Kenya

ITPC and KeNPUD: Working together to protect the health and rights of PUDs in Kenya

In 2013, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), through Bridging the Gaps, supported KeNPUD with a small grant to grow their organization. Mid-way through their ITPC grant, KeNPUD has conducted 15 advocacy actions, conseled 85 people, and held HIV education workshops for over 200 people. They continue to do health outreach to mobilize people to know their rights.

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