HIV and AIDS

ARASA Calls for Universal Access to Treatment

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), an alliance of NGOs engaged in work on HIV and human rights in the Southern African Development Community region, says that the world is less than halfway to achieving universal access to treatment.

ARASA advocacy coordinator, Paula Akugizibwe, points out that about four million HIV patients are getting AIDS drugs worldwide, but 10 million are not getting treatment.

Call to Use Cellphones to Fight HIV/AIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says cellphones may become a key weapon in the war against HIV/Aids in Africa, allowing counsellors to reach greater numbers of people.

UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibe, argues that, Africa, which despite widespread poverty has a relatively large numbers of mobile phone users, should take advantage of the digital revolution to reach out widely.”

"It is time to reinforce our capacity to use the modern technology differently," explains Sidibe.

Five Years to Children Born HIV Negative

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says a world where all children are born free of HIV infection is possible in only five years if donors continue to fund global efforts to combat the virus.

The fund states that in addition tuberculosis (TB) transmission will be halved by 2015 and malaria will be eliminated as a public health problem by 2020 if it increases funding for its programmes.

TAC Priorities for 2010: What is Needed to Achieve the NSP Targets?

HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria continue to be the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region remains home to 62 percent of global HIV infections and 72 percent of global AIDS mortality - mainly amongst women and children. It is estimated that there are 33.4 million people living with HIV. Most of them continue to face illness and death if they are unable to access treatment.

TAC Urges Zuma to Set an Example

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has urged President Jacob Zuma to take leadership and responsibility for himself, those around him and South Africa in fighting HIV/AIDS.

In its latest newsletter, the TAC says that Zuma's leadership on AIDS need some constructive scrutiny.
The organisation says that it does not want to impose moral judgements on people, especially on their private matters, adding that, "In a country without a serious HIV epidemic, it might be arguable that his extra-marital affairs are for him and his family alone to resolve."

South Africa's First UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Wants to Use His Role to Make a Difference

Press Release

South Africa’s first Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’ (UNAIDS) Goodwill Ambassador has called on organisations involved in the fight against the pandemic to join hands to increase the impact of the work being done to reduce new infections. Professor Perry was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe, at the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management’s fifth annual World AIDS Day gala concert last year.

loveLife Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

The pessimist in us all waited with baited breath to criticise the Finance Minister and point fingers at the lack of response towards social and economic drivers stifling the growth of South Africa and its future aka our young people. However, the 2010 budget speech by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, presented what seems like a good balance between economic development imperatives and social services. This not only made the pessimist take a backseat as we listened in anticipation, but caught the attention of at least every NGO, NPO and company striving to uplift the country.

OUT Launches ‘Know Your Status Day’

OUT LGBT Well-being, a gay health rights organisation, has initiated a campaign ‘Know your status Day’, which it hopes will effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Prism HIV and STI nurse at OUT LGBT Well-being’s Elmie Munday points out that the aim of ‘Know Your Status Day’ is to increase the need for people to go for regular HIV testing.

Call to Include Circumcision in AIDS Fight

Scientists are calling for the speedy inclusion of male circumcision in the comprehensive HIV prevention package. This despite questions raised about human rights and the confusing message it might send to people.

Studies have shown that male circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV in heterosexual men by more than 50 percent if done correctly. Work is being done on the policy to include circumcision in the HIV National Strategic Plan (NSP), but there are ethical issues around it.

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