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How vaccine denialism in the West is causing measles outbreaks in Brazil

The Guardian | 28 April 2014
Earlier this month, Jenny McCarthy, the anti-vaccine movement's loudest proponent, disavowed her earlier arguments. Instead, she claimed that she never told anyone not to vaccinate their children and that she simply opposes doctors giving children multiple immunization shots at once.   That McCarthy eventually took one small step toward the nearly universally agreed upon fact that vaccines save lives and don't cause autism is good news, but it may be too little too late: the...
ARV programme saves 780 000 lives
Health-e News | 11 April 2014
South Africa’s HIV antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme saved 780 000 lives between 2003 and 2012, according to a recently released independent review.
North West health probes baby milk formula scandal
City Press | 4 April 2014
The North West health department is investigating why a quarter of 20 000 cases of baby milk formula had to be destroyed.
Experts call for accelerating progress towards universal HIV treatment access
UNAIDS | 3 April 2014
Scientific experts from 41 countries have gathered in Vancouver, Canada for a four-day meeting to examine the latest evidence regarding the prevention benefits of antiretroviral therapy. The meeting also focused on developing new targets to end the AIDS epidemic, including a commitment to bring HIV treatment to all people who are eligible.
South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behaviour Survey, 2012
Health-e News | 1 April 2014
The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among other findings.   Launched on 1 April 2014, the report is the latest large HIV household survey from South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council and follows earlier surveys in 2002, 2005 and 2009. The survey continues to show the heightened vulnerability of women in the country who begin to be at higher risk of contracting the...
Gauteng health puts measures in place to stop negligence at hospitals
City Press | 31 March 2014
The Gauteng health department has implemented measures to limit medical negligence at its facilities, MEC Hope Papo has said.
TB contracted more in general community than home
SABC | 25 March 2014
There are more people who contract TB in the general community than they do in their homes.
TB deaths decline by 2% – Motlanthe
City Press | 25 March 2014
Tuberculosis-related deaths have declined by 2%, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has said.
NHLS won't suspend services to Gauteng, says department
Mail&Guardian | 24 March 2014
The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) will not suspend its services to the Gauteng health department, a spokesperson said on Monday.
Women with circumcised partners less likely to have HIV, no less likely to use condoms
Aidsmap | 19 March 2014
A study from Orange Farm near Johannesburg in South Africa, the area that hosted the first-ever randomised controlled trial of male circumcision for HIV prevention, which concluded in 2005, has found evidence that women who are partners of circumcised men are less likely to have HIV themselves.
Stock-outs, low awareness stymie immunisations
Health-e News | 11 March 2014
Stock-outs and a lack of trained health workers are just some of what stands between children and vaccines in Mpumalanga where mothers say they also want to know more about immunisation.
New advances in HIV research and development
UNAIDS | 10 March 2014
The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Boston, US from 3-6 March 2014. Every year CROI provides an opportunity for researchers from around the world to come together and share the latest developments in HIV research and development. Several interesting areas of research which were presented at this year’s conference and UNAIDS spoke to Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa...