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India looks to improve African health
BDlive | 1 December 2015
India looks to improve African health. At the recent India-Africa summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 54 African heads of state to discuss ways of deepening relationships, including working together to improve public health. For India, the main goal is to increase its lucrative pharmaceutical exports to Africa, which make up about 16% of total exported items including 85% of all antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV. African ministers, meanwhile, are keen to copy India’...
World Aids Day: 'We need to end stigma and change our ideas about manhood'
The Guardian | 1 December 2015
Twenty nine years ago, I tested positive for HIV. The death toll from Aids across the world was rising each day – and on that day the bells of imminent debilitation and death rang out loud as I sat stunned in my home in South Africa. But here I am, on World Aids Day 2015, nearly three decades later, feeling very much alive, vigorous and healthy.
South Africa’s longest walk to freedom from HIV/AIDS
Daily Maverick | 1 December 2015
South Africa has made significant strides in fighting HIV/Aids. But, say activists, if we are to reach the goals set by UNAIDS and Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, both South Africa and the world need to prepare to play a much longer game. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.   If you want to paint the picture in the simplest possible terms, South Africa has made enormous strides in some aspects of HIV/Aids prevention and treatment, but as we celebrate our victories, a slightly more sinister...
Press statement: UNAIDS Executive Director delivers his World AIDS Day 2015 message
UNAIDS | 1 December 2015
The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. This ambitious yet wholly attainable objective represents an unparalleled opportunity to change the course of history for ever—something our generation must do for the generations to come. Today, we live in fragile communities where inequities can persist when essential services don’t reach the people in need. To change this dynamic we must quicken the pace of action. We know...
SA's HIV treatment programme has saved 1.3-million lives
Mail & Guardian | 24 November 2015
A report by UNAids has revealed that SA's antiretroviral coverage has greatly increased in the last two decades, but remains short of global targets.
Treatment Action Campaign receives R14m
Health-e News | 23 November 2015
Treatment Action Campaign receives R14m The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has received a R14 million pledge from Canadian non-profit organisation the Stephen Lewis Foundation that will save it from closing its doors, but will not save jobs already on the cutting board. The foundation, headed by former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis, made the announcement at a Toronto press conference late on Friday attended by former TAC General Secretary Vuyiseka Dubula.
4 things South Africa is doing to safeguard medicines
Health-e News | 23 November 2015
4 things South Africa is doing to safeguard medicines In an effort to combat medicine shortages, South Africa will roll out a first of its kind early warning system to identify drug stock outs before they happen. See what else the country is doing to keep pills in patients’ hands.
Speak up for affordable medicine
IOL | 19 November 2015
US and European pharmaceutical industries see South Africa as “ground zero” for keeping their large profit margins, say Julia Hill and Catherine Tomlinson. Cape Town - Imagine that a diagnosis has turned your life upside down. Perhaps it is HIV and you must now take daily treatment for the rest of your life to remain healthy – but sometimes the pills are not available in the clinic because the single company supplying the medicine could not deliver enough. Or you could...
Dreams initiative for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa
UNAIDS | 17 November 2015
Adolescent girls and young women must be empowered to provide the leadership that is needed to reduce new HIV infections in the highest burden countries in eastern and southern Africa. This is the message that Luiz Loures, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, shared during the launch of an international initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 17 November that aims to keep adolescent girls and young women free from HIV.
WHO calls on countries to protect health from climate change
WHO | 17 November 2015
Climate change is the defining issue for the 21st century.   According to WHO estimates, climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year - from shifting patterns of disease, from extreme weather events, such as heat-waves and floods, and from the degradation of air quality, food and water supplies, and sanitation.   The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris offers the world an important opportunity to not only reach a...
South African civil society for women's, adolescents and children' health
Department of Health | 16 November 2015
PRESS STATEMENT AND INVITATION: SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S, ADOLESCENTS’ AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH (SACSoWACH) IN PROUD ASSOCIATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO COMMEMORATE WORLD PREMATURITY DAY ON THE 16TH OF NOVEMBER 2015   Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of babies, causing more than 1 million deaths each year, yet 75 percent could be saved without high technology care.
SA still battling to reduce rates of HIV
Times Live | 15 November 2015
SA still battling to reduce rates of HIV transmission   South Africa is still battling to reduce rates of HIV transmission‚ particularly among young women‚ says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Opening the plenary session of the South African Aids Council in Kempton Park on the East Rand‚ Ramaphosa said important progress had been made in several areas in the battle to curb AIDS. “We have continued to expand our HIV treatment programme‚ with over...