Human Interest

Lack of ARVs increases hospice workload

HIV-positive people living in Graaff-Reinet and surrounds are dying as they wait for the long-promised arrival of antiretrovirals, leaving hospice workers in the Eastern Cape town to care for the dying patients and the children they leave behind.

WHO publishes guidelines on cultivating essential plant used in anti-malaria medicines

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) today publishes guidelines for the cultivation and collection of Artemisia annua L, a Chinese traditional medicinal plant which is the source of artemisinin, used to produce the most effective medicines for malaria. The guidelines will contribute to improving the quality of Artemisia annua L to further develop artemisinin-based medicines, and help ensure a sustainable supply to meet market demand.

MSF issues 'Top Ten' most underreported humanitarian stories of 2006

New York - The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis (TB) and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the Top Ten Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006, according to the year-end list released recently by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF).

World AIDS Day 2006: Accountability (Part 1)

This World AIDS Day - 1st December 2006 - marks the 18th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS day, held in 1988, where the theme was Communication. The age of 18 years is synonymous with coming of age, the rite of passage into adulthood where a person becomes legally responsible and accountable for their lives. Therefore, it is appropriate that the theme this year is Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise Accountability. With events marking this day across the world, perhaps we need to stop for a few moments and consider what the term accountability actually means, specifically in terms of HIV/AIDS.

New MSF data shows treatment of children works in resource poor settings

MSF and MSF Podcasts : Toronto - Two new studies released by Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto demonstrate good outcomes in antiretroviral treatment of children living with HIV/AIDS across a wide array of resource-poor settings, but that paediatric drug formulations are excessively overpriced, costing up to six times more than adult equivalents.