My fertility was stolen from me

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Nursing Update
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Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa

In Namibia, HIV-positive women are being tricked into sterilisation. Is this a country desperate to curb Aids, or just a blatant human rights violation? Marion Stevens of the Women and HIV/AIDS Gauge, Health Systems Trust, came across this recent article, which exposes the reality of what’s happening in Namibia’s state hospitals.

Major Health Meeting in Capital

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Health Meeting that will discuss major public health challenges facing the region started in Windhoek yesterday.

NAMIBIA: Curbing HIV/AIDS along a transport corridor

That [a condom] is a traveller's companion, just like the passport, said customs officer Joseph Matroos, pointing to a dispenser at the Ngoma border post in the Caprivi region on Namibia's northeastern border with Botswana.

NAMIBIA: New hope in HIV/AIDS struggle

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria has given Namibia US $113 million over five years in what could prove to be a turning point in the country's campaign to fight the three diseases, analysts said. Welcoming the Global Fund grant, under-secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Norbert Forster said around 13,000 HIV-positive Namibians would have access to life-prolonging drugs by the end of 2006 at all 35 state hospitals in the country. The government would also establish a comprehensive Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme in all state hospitals. The money for HIV/AIDS will also be used for awareness campaigns, condom promotion, distribution and use, establishment of voluntary counselling and testing centres in eight of the country's 13 regions and all state hospitals, and the strengthening of home and community-based care support groups. A workplace HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes would also be established and strengthened in the public and private sectors. A comprehensive care and support programme for 150,000 orphans by 2007 would also be launched with the grant from the Geneva-based Fund. More than 22 percent of Namibians aged between 15 and 49 are HIV positive.(Source:IRIN Africa PlusNews reports, 2/3/2003)

Namibia Demographic and Health Survey - Preliminary Report

This report summarises some preliminary results from the 2000 Namibia Demographic and Health Survey (2000 NDHS), which was undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics of the National Planning Commission, SIAPAC and UNAM. The NDHS provides a wealth of information on key demographic and health issues. In order to provide reliable results on most of the survey indicators for each of the 13 administrative regions, a sample of more than 6,500 women of childbearing age was selected. Furthermore, to investigate men’s knowledge and attitudes towards family planning, family size and HIV/AIDS, the sample design required that approximately 3,000 men aged 15-59 years be interviewed in a sub-sample of households. With roughly two teams in each region, fieldwork took three months, from 21 September to 15 December 2000.