Event date: 24-Mar-2015
Reach the 3 Million: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone
On this World TB Day – The International Community of Women Living with HIV is issuing a call to action to increase awareness and take steps to address the disproportionate impact that tuberculosis has on people living with HIV, and women and girls living with HIV in particular.
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for one in four HIV-related deaths. For people living with HIV, tuberculosis is harder to diagnose, progresses faster, and is more likely to be fatal if left untreated than for those without HIV. At least one-third of people living with HIV worldwide are infected with latent tuberculosis. and are almost 30 times more likely to develop active TB than persons without HIV.
Around half of the HIV-related tuberculosis deaths globally have been among women but in Africa more women die than men. For pregnant women living with HIV, TB infection increases the risk of maternal and infant mortality by almost 300 percent, and in certain settings, TB rates are up to 10 times higher among pregnant women living with HIV than pregnant women without HIV. Further, studies have shown that tuberculosis among women living with HIV can double the risk of vertical transmission of HIV.
Fortunately, Tuberculosis is both preventable and curable. But there is more work to do- barriers that limit access for TB and HIV care, treatment, and support often have gender-related differences, sometimes with women experiencing more barriers and longer delays than men.
What can we do?
Take steps to protect yourself from TB!
Here are a few tips to help protect your self and here are some links for more detailed advice:
- Avoid spending long periods of time in spaces that are not well ventilated with anyone who has active TB;
- If you live with someone who has active TB, encourage the person to cover their mouth when coughing and to adhere to their treatment regime;
- If you are living with HIV you should discuss with your health worker whether you are eligible for TB preventive therapy, such as isoniazid;
- Open windows and curtains at home and in public places such as health care clinics, and encourage others to do the same.
Seek early diagnosis!
Early diagnosis means early treatment and better outcomes. It also means that you should take ART as soon as possible if you are living with HIV. Common symptoms of TB are a cough for more than two weeks (sometimes with blood), weight loss, night sweats and fever. If you have signs and symptoms of TB or have been exposed to someone who is sick with TB, seek information and support from health care workers about treatment and prevention.
Talk to your sisters living with HIV about TB.
As women living with HIV, we can make a point today to talk to our sisters and family members about TB and teach our family members about the signs and symptoms of TB.
Reach out to your local leadership and ministries of health and advocate! Ask them to:
- Promote gender-equitable access to TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care, and support.
- Ensure women living with HIV have a voice in interventions to integrate TB screening and treatment within a variety of care settings including mother and child health care services.
- Ensure that Women living with HIV are able to make informed decisions about their own treatment and care.
- Eliminate stigma, discrimination, and other barriers to ensure that women living with HIV & other marginalized populations can receive the care they need and are entitled to.
WHO, HIV-Associated TB: Facts 2013, available at: http://www.who.int/tb/challenges/hiv/tbhiv_factsheet_2013_web.pdf
WHO, Tuberculosis in Women Fact Sheet, available at: http://www.who.int/tb/challenges/hiv/tb_women_factsheet.pdf
WHO, Gear up to End TB brochure
A quick glance of WHO targets and actions to gear up to end TB infographic
For more information on World TB Day, you can visit the WHO website on http://www.who.int/campaigns/tb-day/2015/event/en/
Stop TB Partnership: http://www.stoptb.org
Event date: 18-Mar-2015
A Global Violation of the Human Rights of Marginalised Women and Transgender People
When: Wednesday, March 18th, 1:15-2:30pm
Where: Conference Room 11, UN General Assembly Building
Panel Moderator: Malayah Harper, UNAIDS
Panelists: Teresia Njoki Otieno, ICW and Justus Eisfeld, Global Action for Trans*Equality
More information and RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for an interactive discussion about the forced and coerced sterilization of marginalized populations, including women living with HIV, women living with disabilities, indigenous women and transgender people. This dialogue seeks to build solidarity among siloed efforts to end forced and coerced sterilization with the goal of sharing strategies and sparking collaborative efforts to end this practice.
Event date: 16-Mar-2015
Stories of Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Activism
Co-Presented by the ICW and GATE
When: Monday, March 16th, 7-9pm
Where: The Cooper UNION, 41 Cooper Square, NYC Rose Auditorium
Special Guest Speakers Justus Eisfeld, Executive Director, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) – NYC Marama Pala, Chair of the Global Indigenous WG – New Zealand Karen Stamm, co-founders of Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) – NYC Teresia Njoki Otieno, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) – Kenya
Moderated by Jessica Whitbread, ICW, Canada
The bodies of marginalized communities have been controlled most notably via access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. With patriarchy as the dominant framework, reproductive justice becomes a point from which those with privilege control the sexuality and reproductive rights of the wombs’ of women and trans men
Having access to condoms, birth control methods and safe and legal abortions, doctors that are non-judgmental and supportive, and the option of having children or to breastfeed them without potential persecution is not universal.
In this session, join activists in an interactive dialogue with marginalized women and trans men whose reproductive rights have been violated through the denial of services, maternal mortality, and forced sterilization. While the session hosts speakers from many countries outside the United States, the US has a complex history of practicing eugenics and perpetuating reproductive injustices as well.
We are holding this free public event at Cooper UNION during the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women. To learn more about CSW59 and/or to register for other events please follow this link: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/side-events/calendar-of-side-events
**ICW is the only global network for and by women living with HIV. ICW exists to lead efforts towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV. We do this by mobilizing, organizing, advocating, mentoring and raising consciousness on the issues that directly impact our lives. Nothing for us without us!
**GATE is a trans* network coordinator, facilitator and advocate to the ‘outside’ world. GATE works to unite trans* movements for common goals, while developing trans* agendas on a conceptual policy level. We assist trans* movements and structures at the local, national and regional level, in order to facilitate the development of a new global networks of trans* organizations. Important to the work of GATE is its support of constructive communications between existing groups and new audiences.
Event date: 16-Mar-2015
A dialogue on resistance and regulation in the daily lives of women living with HIV
When: Monday, March 16th, 6-8:30pm
Where: Simone de Beauvoir Institute, MU Building, 2170 Bishop St., Montreal
Free and open to the public!
Hosted by the students of the fourth-year undergraduate course Sex, Drugs & AIDS in the Era of Global Austerity: Feminist Perspectives.
**This event is in English, there will be whisper translation available - Cet événement est en anglais, il y aura traduction chuchotée disponible *
From International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and the National Empowerment Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK) on the current Kenyan legal challenge by women living with HIV who were coercively and forcibly sterilized by healthcare providers. Florence Anam will be a spokesperson on the current case in Kenya at the upcoming 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting held this month in New York City. For more information on the case in Kenya: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/dec/11/hiv-positive-women-sue-kenya-government-and-ngos-over-sterilisation
Alexandra de Kiewit
From the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), as a Montreal member will address the local realities facing women living with HIV and who use drugs and the barriers faced when accessing healthcare and claiming sexual and reproductive rights.
Presented in collaboration with:
International Community of Women Living with HIV, National Empowerment Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK), Concordia Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health, Concordia Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality Program Concordia HIV/AIDS Lecture Series, Simone de Beauvoir Institute.