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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.

13 Aug, 2009
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World / care and support: Salamander Trust launches HIV, Women and Motherhood, a multimedia project exploring the many and complex issues facing women living with HIV in relation to motherhood.

"HIV, Women and Motherhood" is a new Salamander Trust project, based on a Strategies for Hope venture into the world of audio documentation. This project, funded by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), explores the many and complex issues facing women living with HIV in relation to motherhood.

12 Aug, 2009
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Cameroon / Prevention: Le Dr Etienne Nnomzo'o: "3,6 millions de condoms féminins d'ici 2012"

Le Dr Etienne Nnomzo'o, secrétaire permanent adjoint du Comité national de lutte contre le sida, revient sur les stratégies de vulgarisation. Qu'est-ce qui est fait au niveau du Comité national de lutte contre le sida pour vulgariser l'utilisation du préservatif féminin ? Le préservatif féminin est un moyen, comme le préservatif masculin, qui permet de lutter contre le Vih/sida en cas de rapports sexuels à risques, mais aussi des grossesses indésirées.

12 Aug, 2009
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Asia / Prevention: Asia y los tabúes del SIDA

Cincuenta millones de mujeres en Asia se encuentran en peligro de contraer el VIH-SIDA a través de sus parejas estables masculinas que tienen hábitos sexuales de alto riesgo Así lo mostró un estudio difundido por el Programa Conjunto de las Naciones Unidas sobre VIH-SIDA, ONUSIDA.  Las principales causas de los contagios a las mujeres son los hombres que pagan por servicios sexuales, los que se inyectan drogas y los que tienen relaciones sexuales con otros hombres. Se estima que nada menos que el 90% de los casi dos millones de mujeres que contrajeron la enfermedad eran monógamas y se co

11 Aug, 2009
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Papua New-Guinea / Prevention: Papua better protecting women against HIV/AIDS

Papua has intensified its campaign promoting the use of female condoms, after reports emerged of an increase in HIV/AIDS infections among residents.  Papua HIV/AIDS Commission (KPA) chairman Constant Karma said his organization had worked with local NGOs and large corporations to distribute female condoms to more than 265,000 women.  Recipients had included women from high-risk groups including sex workers. Mothers and housewives were targeted, because there had been an increase in HIV/AIDS infections among housewives over the past two years, Constant said at a press conference on t

11 Aug, 2009
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South Africa / Prevention: HIV biggest threat to pregnant women

Between 28 percent and 33 percent of women attending antenatal clinics in South Africa are HIV positive HIV is the main cause of death among pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa's most populous city, according to a five-year study of maternal mortality at one of the city's largest public hospitals. The study, published in the August 2009 issue of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found that the maternal mortality ratio was more than six times higher in HIV-positive women (776 deaths per 100,000 births) than in HIV-negative women (124 per 100,000).

10 Aug, 2009
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Asia / Prevention: HIV transmission in intimate partner relationships in Asia

It is estimated that more than 90% of the 1.7 million women living with HIV in Asia became infected from their husbands or partners while in long-term relationships.

9 Aug, 2009

Prevention - Microbicides: HIV-blocking Gel For Women: New 'Molecular Condom' Meant To Prevent AIDS

ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2009) — University of Utah scientists developed a new kind of "molecular condom" to protect women from AIDS in Africa and other impoverished areas. Before sex, women would insert a vaginal gel that turns semisolid in the presence of semen, trapping AIDS virus particles in a microscopic mesh so they can't infect vaginal cells  "The first step in the complicated process of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection in a woman is the virus diffusing from semen to vaginal tissue.

5 Aug, 2009
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South Africa Minister: War on Aids not lost

Pretoria - HIV prevalence among pregnant women has stabilised at around 29%, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday."The prevalence among women aged 25 and above has stabilised at high and unacceptable levels," Motsoaledi said in Pretoria, releasing the 2008 results of a survey of antenatal HIV. He said the report was a useful tool to observe trends and increase commitment to the implementation of government policies, as well as to provide feedback to health workers. In 2007 antenatal HIV prevalence was 29.4% and in 2008 29.3%. 33 927 took part in survey About 33 927 women aged

9 Jul, 2009

World / Policy: G8: 'Just invest in women'

Investment in the health and the rights of girls and women can help economic recovery, civil society groups are telling G8 leaders. The big issues on the G8 agenda - food security, poverty, climate change and global health - are all connected to gender equality, they say. Many think investment in women is itself a solution. "If we invest in women, many problems will be solved," Sylvia Borren, co- chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) told IPS. Women have told their stories at hearings held by the gender task force at GCAP.

8 Jul, 2009

Tanzania / Prevention: Ministry in HIV drive to protect teenager girls

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has come up with a new strategy to fight HIV transmission, targeting old men who seduce young girls to have sex with them. According to the ministry, girls aged between 15 to 19, are more vulnerable to HIV infection through cash and gifts they get from old men who might be infected by the virus.

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