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

15 Feb, 2009
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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.

5 Oct, 2009
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Health sector: Balancing on wheels of hope

In a fleeting moment whilst there is something trendy about being a "50-something woman", I am happy to report that I have just been  for a wonderful relaxing 3-hour bike ride, 26 miles and back along our local estuary. Herons stalking, gulls crying, swans aslurping, children laughing and the hedges overladen with succulent blackberries on a glorious Indian summer Saturday. I may not have Dame Edna's pheromones but I certainly have nicely developing thigh muscles, and also have a few more miles - and smiles - in me too.

5 Oct, 2009

India / Social determinants: Poverty makes women vulnerable to HIV

Kohima.- Approximately 80 % of women living with HIV & AIDS in Nagaland come from families living below the poverty line. “Many of these women are too poor to even afford one square meal a day which is vital for them to gain energy to withstand the strong effects of their medications,” according to the department of Women Development.

2 Oct, 2009
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GCWA partner / Prevention: HIV vaccine—a public good to right a global wrong

The promise of a vaccine against HIV has got one step closer. Results from the largest vaccine trial ever conducted show a modest but encouraging 31% efficacy in preventing new HIV infections in Thailand. This has vindicated thousands of scientists and volunteers who have been hoping that a safe and highly effective HIV vaccine is possible This news comes at a time when the movement to achieve universal access to HIV prevention and treatment is gaining momentum.

1 Oct, 2009
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Nigeria / Prevention-PMTCT: Inching towards universal access to PMTCT services

Nairobi.- More than half of HIV-positive pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries continue to go without life-saving anti-retroviral medication that could prevent transmission of the virus to their unborn children, according to a new report, Towards Universal Access. "Although there is increasing emphasis on women and children in the global HIV/AIDS response, the disease continues to have a devastating impact on their health, livelihood and survival," Ann Veneman, executive director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), said in a statement. According to the report, in 2008, 45 pe

1 Oct, 2009
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Violence: Working to Prevent and Address Violence Against Women Migrant Workers

Almost half of the total number of migrant workers in the world today are women. It is important to acknowledge that labour migration may benefit them through economic and socio-cultural empowerment, however, due to their dual vulnerability as migrants and women, they are still disproportionately exposed to a variety of risks arising from their mobility.

30 Sep, 2009

Chad / Violence: Female refugees from Darfur face rape, other violence daily in Chad

Nairobi.- Women and girls who fled the fighting in Darfur face rape and other violence daily in eastern Chad, even inside the refugee camps where they have sought sanctuary, according to a report released yesterday The Amnesty International report says the women and girls are attacked by villagers living nearby, members of the Chadian Army and aid workers in the camps.

29 Sep, 2009

Uganda / Prevention: Couple-Centred Interventions Key in HIV Fight

Kampala — THE findings of the modes of transmission study conducted last year indicate that incidence of HIV is rising especially among married couples aged 30-40.

29 Sep, 2009

Nicaragua / Empowerment: Desesperanza y soledad viven mujeres con sida

Una mujer con VIH-Sida en Nicaragua tiene un triste destino: no es sujeto de empleo ni de financiamiento. Para Arely Cano, representante de ICW Nicaragua, lo que más preocupa ante ese panorama es que poco se está haciendo para revertirlo. Cano, quien porta el VIH desde hace once años, advirtió que el 90 % de las 1,994 mujeres que conviven con el virus --cifra acumulada desde 1987-- están desempleadas. Y no sólo eso: no tienen casa propia y son jefes de familia. “Cuando se habla con estas mujeres se siente desesperanza y soledad.

26 Sep, 2009
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Rwanda / Prevention: Microbicides Trials Set for November

Kigali — New HIV/AIDS prevention measures known as microbicides are set to be introduced for women, should they prove to be effective after trials.This was revealed Thursday by Evelyne Kestelyn, the Scientific Manager of Project Ubuzima, an international non-government organisation that promotes reproductive health and HIV prevention. According to Kestelyn, the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) will consider two forms of microbicides, a gel and a ring. "The trials which will begin in November will be for the gel.

26 Sep, 2009

GCWA partners / Violence: New Initiative to Address Sexual Violence Against Girls Launched at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, WHO) and private sector supporters will join together later today via the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against girls.

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