In Focus this month:
- UNFPA, WHO, and UNAIDS Joint Position Statement on Condoms and HIV Prevention (United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, July 2015)
The joint position statement recommends universal availability of free or low-cost, quality-assured condoms to ensure safety, efficacy, and their effective use. It urges adequate investment for condom programming to sustain global and national responses to HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.
- Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS and Lancet Commission)
This report presents compelling evidence that widespread implementation of proven, rights-based strategies can end the global HIV epidemic and offers seven recommendations for moving forward. Additionally, it summarizes lessons learned and challenges for the future of global health and addresses new and chronic health challenges in a post-2015 world.
- Increasing Global Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (Global Health: Science and Practice)
This review of literature and programs from seven countries on demand generation for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) resulted in the development of a four-component framework to stimulate demand: (1) insight development; (2) intervention design; (3) implementation and coordination for scale-up; and (4) measurement, learning, and evaluation.