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Botswana / global policy: Tlou chairs Global Task Force on Women and AIDS

15 Feb, 2009
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Tags: policy

University of Botswana Lecturer and Former Minister of Health, Professor Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, has been asked by several international organisations to use her expertise and experience to assist with health problems at global level.

These have been mostly in the area of HIV and AIDS in which her long term accomplishments are widely recognised. She is the Chairperson of a Global Task Force on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS whose mandate is to develop an operational plan to strengthen strategic guidance and support and to assist countries to ensure that national HIV and development strategies, operational plans, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and associated budgets address the needs and rights of women and girls in the context of HIV and AIDS.

Prof Tlou led this task force because as Minister of Health of Botswana, she led HIV/AIDS interventions that resulted in a near-universal roll out of ARV’s which reached women, children and young people. Maternal mortality due to HIV/AIDS reduced from 38% in 2004 to about 9% in 2008, and Mother to child transmission of HIV reduced from 40% to less than 4% within 4 years, a result that has not been accomplished anywhere in Africa or the developing world. Members of the task force include current and former ministers of Health or Gender Affairs, ambassadors, United Nations regional representatives, and civil society leaders of organisations of women living with HIV/AIDS. She co-chairs the task force with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr Michel Sidibe.

Prof Tlou is also Chairperson of the Global Health Council’s International Conference, which will take place in June 2010 in Washington DC, USA. The conference will assess global progress in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She co-chairs the conference with former Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr Peter Piot. She recently chaired the Local Organising Committee of the 9th International AIDS Impact Conference which was held in Gaborone with participants from 38 countries.

8 Oct, 2009
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Kenya / Prevention: Improving PMTCT services through Millennium Villages. Today, 64 percent of Sauri's mothers have their babies

SAURI, 8 October 2009 (PlusNews) - Five years ago, pregnant women in the village of Sauri, in western Kenya's Nyanza Province, had access to just one rundown and poorly staffed sub-district hospital.

7 Oct, 2009

World / Treatment: Amélioration de l'accès des femmes et des enfants aux services de prise en charge du VIH

Kinshasa — Selon un communiqué de l'organisation mondiale de la santé, en 2008, l'accès des femmes et des enfants aux services de prise en charge du VIH s'est amélioré. En 2008, environ 45% - contre 35% en 2007 - des femmes enceintes séropositives ont bénéficié d'un traitement antirétroviral pour éviter la transmission du VIH à l'enfant et, dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire, 21% environ des femmes enceintes, contre 15% en 2007, ont bénéficié d'un dépistage du VIH. Davantage d'enfants bénéficient de programmes pédiatriques de traitement antirétroviral : le nombre de moins de 15 an

7 Oct, 2009
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Uganda / Prevention-microbicides: New Microbicides Tests for Better Protection Against HIV

A new phase of testing of microbicides, a possible new HIV prevention tool for women, gets underway in Rwanda.The research is being carried out and tests will begin before the end of the year for the gel microbicide. It is done by Project Ubuzima, an international NGO which promotes reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention, working closely with the Ministry of Health. Project Ubuzima's Community Outreach manager, Marie-Michele Umulisa, said, that the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) will consider two types of microbicides: a ring and a gel.

7 Oct, 2009
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Uganda / Prevention: Target the married in fight against HIV/AIDS

Men and Women in a marriage are expected to be faithful to each other. But is that the reality on the ground? Being faithful is just a fallacy among many men and women. Reports have shown that 40 to 60% of HIV positive persons have HIV negative spouses and these are at 10 to 12% HIV transmission risk per year (CeSSRA Public Lecture: March 6, 2009). More than 75% of Ugandans do not know their HIV status and only approximately 30% of couples have tested together.

6 Oct, 2009

India / Transmission: 6 women fall prey to HIV in rural pockets

Allahabad.- At least six women in rural pockets of the district have been tested HIV positive mainly due to unabated use of infected syringes by quacks. Officials of the health department in association with Allahabad Network for People Living with HIV\Aids (ANP+) are running from pillar to post to apprise villagers about harmful affects of infected syringes. However, it is not an easy task as rural folks especially women are not ready to listen to their pleas. The six women, who have been tested HIV positive, were allegedly administered drugs with infected syringes by quacks.

6 Oct, 2009

Gender and sexuality: Partners gather for global expert forum in Asia

Across the world sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and other sexual minority groups are disproportionally affected by HIV yet often face considerable challenges in accessing healthcare and other services. To address the technical and political challenges of securing resources for these key populations while also supporting strong country ownership, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund), UNAIDS and the Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS is hosting a global expert consultation in Bangkok, 5-7 October 2009. Mr Prasada Rao, UNAI

6 Oct, 2009
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Nigeria / Prevention-PMTCT: HIV/Aids - Nigeria Accounts for 30 Percent Mother to Child Transmission

Nigeria still accounts for over 30% cases of mother to child transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus during and after pregnancy, despite breakthrough by experts in the field to prevent the transmission. The director general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Idoko who was speaking at the flag off of the National HIV/AIDS strategic framework/ plan yesterday in Abuja said this figure is a huge challenge and accounts for the global gap in the fight against the virus. He emphasized that preventive measures must be strengthened to stop the spread even as he stressed t

6 Oct, 2009
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Zambia / Prevention: The Linkages Between Education and HIV/AIDS in Girls’ Education

Girls’ education has long been recognized as a critical tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in the empowerment of women and girls, and in enhancing the health and welfare of families and communities. In a severely AIDS-affected country like Zambia, education and HIV/AIDS are inseparable: the epidemic is causing many girls in poor communities to lose access to education, often compelling them to withdraw from school to look after sick parents or to care for their siblings, or the absenteeism resulting from their care-giving duties leaves them unable to keep up at school.

6 Oct, 2009
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South Africa / Prevention: HIV rate among pregnant women stays high. HIV rates varied widely between districts

Johannesburg.- The rate of HIV infection among pregnant women in South Africa has remained stubbornly high at around 29 percent for the third year running, according to government figures released on 5 October. The 2008 National Antenatal HIV and Syphilis Prevalence Survey - based on blood samples from 34,000 pregnant women who attended antenatal clinics in 52 health districts - measured HIV prevalence at 29.3 percent, compared to 29.4 percent in 2007 and 29.0 percent in 2006. Prevalence among women aged 15 to 24 declined slightly from 22.1 percent in 2007 to 21.7 percent in 2008, but the

6 Oct, 2009

Study: 2 Million Babies and Mothers Die at Birth

Johannesburg (AP) -- More than 2 million babies and mothers die worldwide each year from childbirth complications, outnumbering child deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS, according to a study. The study, released Tuesday at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics world congress being held in Cape Town, also showed that such deaths could be easily avoided. ''The world will continue to miss the unheard cry of the 230 babies who die every hour from childbirth complications,'' unless there is better planning and implementation of policies, according to the study. Some 1.02 million

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