Improving Maternal Mortality and Other Aspects of Women's Health,

Published by: 
Center For Strategic and International Studies(CSIS)

Over the past several decades, the world has witnessed some astonishing global health success stories—from the eradication of smallpox to the expanding control of other vaccine-preventable diseases to the widespread provision of effective treatment for HIV/AIDS to millions of people. Yet, for all these public health and medical advances, a startling number of women still die each year from causes linked to pregnancy and childbirth: 287,000, according to the most recent consensus estimates. Eighty-five percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Many if not most are thought to be avoidable given adequate maternal access to emergency obstetric care.

Tried and Tested: Models for the Scale Up of HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care from South Africa and Beyond

Published by: 
Department of Health (South Africa)

The "tried and tested" models described reflect the range of great work being done at the coal face to prevent HIV infection and mother-to-child prevention of HIV. The models and tools have been developed by frontline nurses and doctors across South Africa and in neighboring countries that are facing huge challenges with limited resources.

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E-health Strategy South Africa 2012-2016

Published by: 
Department of Health (South Africa)

Effective monitoring of healthcare service delivery and overall performance of the health systems requires functional health information systems capable of producing real time information for decision making. Globally, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has emerged as a critical enabling mechanism to achieve this. This eHealth Strategy for the public health sector in South Africa ushers in a new era of optimism about the capabilities of our health information systems.

Developing a Strategy for Female Condom Parallel Programming

Published by: 
WITS University

Male and female condoms are currently the only effective dual protection methods against unintended pregnancy and the transmission of STIs and HIV.  In recent years, an important development has been the emergence of new FC products, differing in design and materials, that have the potential to lower cost, improve acceptability and increase choice and options for couples who choose to use FCs as their prevention method.  The purpose of this meeting was to develop strategies, recommendations and guidelines for future female condom (FC) parallel programming. This meeting presented an update on FC product technology, shared experiences and plans for FC programming and reviewed current FC programmes and initiatives that will support FC programming more broadly.

A Brief Summary of the Strategic Plan for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Women’s Health (MNCWH) and Nutrition in South Africa 2012 – 2016

Series Name: 
Kwik Skwiz
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust

This document aims to summarise the National Strategic Plan for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Women’s Health (MNCWH) in South Africa and the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).

Improving data use in decision making: An intervention to strengthen health systems

Published by: 

Health systems strengthening has become a top priority of many global and national health agendas as a way to improve health outcomes. With the global health context becoming increasingly complex, national health systems are beginning to move away from a focus on disease-specific health responses to comprehensive strengthening of health systems. The global community agrees that without a systems approach, population health outcomes will not further improve and health related development goals such as the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015 will not be met.

Are women at the centre? A critical review of the new NSP resp onse to women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Published by: 
AIDS Legal Network (ALN)

A critical review of the new NSP response to women’s sexual and reproductive rights The protection and advancement of women’s rights, especially women’s sexual and reproductive rights, are critical aspects of effective responses to HIV. However, a societal context filled with gendered norms and expectations around sex and sexuality severely limits women’s access to and enjoyment of sexual rights and choices, while at the same time, societal expectations of motherhood, compromise women’s rights to make informed reproductive choices.


AIDS Legal Network (ALN)
Closing Date: 
31 August 2012

The AIDS Legal Network (ALN) is a human rights organisation committed to the promotion, protection and realisation of fundamental rights and freedoms of people living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS through education and training, networking, research, capacity building and advocacy and campaign activities.
We are looking for a TRAINER/FACILITATOR to:

  • Develop and implement the organisation’s human rights education and training activities
  • Develop and prepare training materials
  • Facilitate human rights education and training focusing on HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as gender violence and HIV

The candidate should have the following experience:

WHO HIV drug resistance report 2012

Published by: 
World Health Organization

This report assesses the general levels of transmitted and acquired drug resistance in select geographical areas of low- and middle-income countries. It is based on two distinct data sources: surveys performed to assess transmitted and acquired drug resistance using standardized WHO methods (WHO surveys) and a broad systematic review of the published literature on transmitted and acquired drug resistance. Findings from the monitoring of early warning indicators of HIV drug resistance are also presented and discussed. This report is organized as follows.

Guidance on oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for serodiscordant couples, men and transgender women who have sex with men at high risk of HIV Recommendations for use in the context of demonstration projects

Published by: 
World Health Organization

These recommendations have been developed specifically to address the daily use of antiretrovirals in HIV-uninfected people to block the acquisition of HIV infection. This prevention approach is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis.

At this stage evidence is available from studies with two groups: men and transgender women who have sex with men; and serodiscordant heterosexual couples. In parallel, WHO also is preparing new recommendations on the use of antiretroviral drugs in people living with HIV to prevent transmission of infection.