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

15 Feb, 2009
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.

26 Sep, 2009

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

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23 Sep, 2009

Bruni-Sarkozy endorses UNAIDS call to virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015

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23 Sep, 2009

World / Gender: The gap between donors, medics and HIV/Aids patients

While gender sensitivity and responsiveness is widely available in donor documents, the means of effecting practical gender interventions within HIV programmes remain reactive at service delivery level than purposive in policy. Similarly, multi-sectoral programming for HIV responses is encouraged at the national level, however the major HIV donors provide funds for the palliative side of the gender equation in HIV.

22 Sep, 2009
Tags: education

South Africa / Prevention: School-Based Outreach in KwaZulu Natal

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22 Sep, 2009
Tags: violence

World / Violence: UN-backed report outlines social, political factors driving AIDS pandemic

Violence against women, the transition from war to peace and the criminalization of drug use and homosexuality are among the political, economic and social factors driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. “These findings underscore the importance of aligning efforts to prevent sexual violence and HIV prevention,” Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said of the report – HIV/AIDS, Security and Conflict: New Realities, New Responses – produced by the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI), a global rese

18 Sep, 2009

South Africa / Gender: Gender, AIDS and Development in Southern Africa

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16 Sep, 2009

Nigeria: Muslim Women Constitute Greater Percentage - NGO

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14 Sep, 2009

Vietnam / Prevention: Stemming mother-to-child HIV

The director of the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, Nguyen Thanh Long, spoke to Suc khoe & Doi song (Health & Life) newspaper about measures to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Could you briefly describe the current status of mother-to-child transmission of HIV? The HIV epidemic in Viet Nam is complicated. The ways HIV is transmitted have undergone some changes. There is an increase in the rates of HIV transmission through sexual intercourse and female HIV patients.

10 Sep, 2009

Southern Africa / Prevention: What of the female condom? Anyone seen the female condom lately?

Johannesburg, 10 September 2009 (PlusNews) - If you haven't seen a female condom lately, you're not alone. More than 15 years after the only female-controlled method to prevent HIV was introduced, it is still largely marginalized and inaccessible. Botswana The government distributed over 370,000 female condoms free of charge in 2008, mainly through its health facilities.

9 Sep, 2009

Cambodia / Prevention-PMTCT: Clinics lack maternal HIV services

Fewer than two in 10 public health centres in Cambodia are equipped to help prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to babies, according to a new study. Only 154 of 957 public health centres in the country - 16 percent - provide Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, according to a report published by the Treatment Monitoring and Advocacy Project of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition. The report was part of a global study that examined PMTCT preparedness in six countries, including Cambodia. Dr Kem Ley, a consultant with the Monitoring an