Immunodeficiency

Developing Treatment Guidelines for Women of Reproductive Age

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Health Systems Trust
In South Africa, the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS have long been contested and are, in themselves, complex. Treatment has been normalized, embraced and guided by the National HIV/AIDS and STI Strategic Plan (NSP), which is the overall guiding plan for HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The Plan is implemented in partnership with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The NSP has gaps in the key areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and this has been an important critique of policy guidelines. SRHR are only identified in the indicators of prevention and are absent from other provisions in the Plan. These gaps are also challenges in the Southern African region and globally. While the process of addressing SRHR in South Africa has started, these comments have the potential for wider application globally.

The Faces of AIDS project: a retrospective implementation evaluation

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Health Systems Trust

The Faces of AIDS project implemented by the Directorate for HIV/AIDS in the Department of Health was part of a national mass media strategy aimed at providing a face for the epidemic. It was expected that endorsement of HIV/AIDS information on prevention, de-stigmatitaion and acceptance of peaople with AIDS (PWA's) by credible role models and PWA's themselves would challenge attitudes people have about AIDS.

'Unstoppable wave of child mortality'

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Health Systems Trust

HIV is the main driving force behind South Africa's high child death rates and unless there is a concerted effort to put child survival strategies in place the country faces an "unstoppable wave of child mortality”,’ paediatricians have warned.

Speaking at the national AIDS conference in Durban, Professor Nigel Rollins head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said South Africa was one of nine countries where child mortality was increasing.

Rollins had already warned earlier this year that "PMTCT fatigue” had set in and that multitudes of children were getting needlessly infected.

Mapping of HIV and AIDS Services and Resources in South Africa

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Health Systems Trust
The primary objective of the study was to identify organisations/institutions that provide HIV and AIDS services at the sub-district level, the range of services they provide and their funding sources. This in turn will inform sub-district and district management teams of the progress and impact of services provided and furnish them with tools to monitor the performance and activities on NGOs in their sub-districts and districts. It is hoped that the report will serve as a baseline for ongoing monitoring of the countrys response to the epidemic.

South African Health Review 2002

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South African Health Review
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Health Systems Trust

This year's Review looks at issues related to transformation such as legislation and financing of health care, human resources, and support systems for health care delivery. Other key public health issues covered in the Review include HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, malaria and nutrition. In addition the Review contains comprehensive information on key health and related indicators.

Public Sector HAART Projects - A Summary Report

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Health Systems Trust
The National Department of Healths Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care Management and Treatment for South Africa, launched in November 2003, emphasises the provision of comprehensive care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and the need to strengthen the national health system in South Africa.