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Significant attrition at each stage of HIV care cascade in South Africa - Over half of HIV-infected men undiagnosed
AIDSmap | 6 June 2016
There is significant attrition at each stage of the HIV care continuum in South Africa, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The population-based research was conducted in North West Province and revealed that of those with HIV, only 48% of men and 76% of women were aware they were infected. Patients were then lost at each stage in the cascade of HIV care. Overall, just 22% of HIV-positive men and 56% of HIV-positive...
Second Durban Declaration
International AIDS Society | 1 June 2016
There has been remarkable progress in our response to AIDS since the global HIV community last convened in Durban in 2000. Curbing the spread of HIV was the first step . Accelerating investment and action on a robust human rights and social justice agenda is the next.
NHI: More pragmatism and less ideology
Health-e News | 30 May 2016
Just as the apartheid regime fed it’s supporters with horror stories about marauding ‘Reds’ out to confiscate everything privately owned, so some post-apartheid ANC leaders have made the private sector synonymous with everything that is greedy and selfish. Like most things, the truth is often found somewhere in between, which is why the “triple Ps” – public-private partnerships – can be effective in delivering services by harnessing the public...
Virtual GPs' weak pulse
Times Live | 26 May 2016
South Africans love their mobile phones, but not when they replace a doctor. Unlike the Chinese, South Africans have not taken to mobile consultations with GPs. In January Discovery launched a service that allows members to use a smartphone app to discuss symptoms with a GP over a video call. But, according to CEO Jonathan Broomberg, the South African uptake has been weak, although it has taken off in China. According to Broomberg, Discovery's business partner in China has a call...
Government hostility towards private healthcare impedes NHI
BDlive | 26 May 2016
The government’s antipathy towards public-private partnerships is holding up implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), according to the head of the Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF), which represents doctors. IPAF chairman Morgan Chetty, speaking at a media summit on Wednesday organised by medical scheme administrator Discovery Health, said: "The government sees the private sector as a threat. "It fears divestiture and that the public...
Investing in health is not cheap, but it is not a luxury either
The Guardian | 25 May 2016
From Ebola to obesity, all countries need a healthcare system that is resilient to crises and responsive to people’s changing needs. While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries.
Is universal access to healthcare possible?
Bhekisisa | 24 May 2016
The World Bank, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international institutions agree that UHC saves lives, boosts economies and stabilises societies. This is why The Elders (an independent association of global leaders, founded by Nelson Mandela) have launched a new initiative to campaign for universal health coverage. We believe UHC makes political and economic sense. When people's lives are stunted or end prematurely, this is not only a terrible tragedy for them and their...
69th World Health Assembly: speakers at high-level side event call for a Fast-Track response to end the AIDS epidemic among women and adolescent girls
UNAIDS | 23 May 2016
At a high-level side event held during the 69th session of the World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates have urged countries to end gender inequity in the response to HIV by putting women and adolescent girls on the Fast-Track to ending the AIDS epidemic. Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of Panama and UNAIDS Special Ambassador for AIDS in Latin America, hosted the event. Ms Castillo de Varela stressed the importance of women assuming leadership roles to...
WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde
World Health Organisation | 20 May 2016
Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa. “The findings are of concern because it is further proof that the outbreak is spreading beyond...
The circus is coming to town – end the Rhetoric, start the Revolution
Daily Maverick | 19 May 2016
In two months the international AIDS jamboree will arrive in Durban for a four-day conference on the state of the global AIDS epidemic (www.aids2016.org). The last conference was in 2014. It took place in Australia, about as far away as you could imagine from the frontline of the AIDS epidemic. Unsurprisingly, it made little mark. This one takes place in its vortex.
No excuse not to act now to fight drug resistance, say researchers on superbugs
BDlive | 19 May 2016
10-million people could die every year from 2050 onwards unless sweeping global changes are agreed to tackle increasing resistance to antibiotics, which can turn common ailments into killers, a report warned Thursday. Commissioned by the British government, the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance set out steps to fight the emergence of "superbugs" as infections become immune to existing drugs, allowing minor injuries and common infections to become deadly. "It needs to be...
Large-scale HIV vaccine trial to launch in South Africa: NIH-funded study will test safety, efficacy of vaccine regimen
NIAID | 18 May 2016
An early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa has determined that an investigational vaccine regimen is safe and generates comparable immune responses to those reported in a landmark 2009 study showing that a vaccine can protect people from HIV infection. Consequently, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its partners have decided to advance the experimental HIV vaccine regimen into a large clinical trial. This new study, called HVTN 702, is...