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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.
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.
Bruni-Sarkozy endorses UNAIDS call to virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy echoed UNAIDS call to virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015 while addressing the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders at a side event to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The President of Burkina Faso Mr Blaise Compaoré and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Mr Meles Zenawi co-chaired the event. “Around the world only a third of women living with HIV receive the necessary treatment to prevent the transmission.
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
South Africa / Prevention: School-Based Outreach in KwaZulu Natal
The province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa is the hardest hit with HIV, with HIV prevalence rates at antenatal clinics estimated to be over 40 percent - about twice as high as the national prevalence. When combined with high rates of teenage pregnancy – about one-third of 18 and 19 year olds have already given birth - it is critical to address the social and economic factors that are contributing to this alarming situation.
South Africa / Gender: Gender, AIDS and Development in Southern Africa
I’m heading to South Africa and Zambia to look at innovative programs that link gender, AIDS, and development. While PEPFAR is not designed to fund development programs, there is a growing recognition that U.S. HIV/AIDS funding must link with the broader development agenda. Given the high HIV infection rates among women and girls in southern Africa, I am going to investigate how HIV/AIDS funding can be linked to aspects of the development agenda to address the structural, societal factors that shape women and girls’ risk of HIV infection and complicate their situations once infected.
Nigeria: Muslim Women Constitute Greater Percentage - NGO
Kaduna — A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Muslim Women with HIV/AIDs initiative (Muswan), involved in counseling and rehabilitating women with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, has disclosed that Muslim women constitute a greater percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria . "As a result of systematic and associated problems such as lack of awareness, education administration, prevention mechanism such as reduction in the level of infection, clinical screened blood transfusion, application of sterilised sharp instrument, as well as guided education on prevention from mother to child." Presi
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.
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.
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
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