World TB Day 2015
Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2013, an estimated nine million people developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million died from the disease, 360,000 of whom were HIV-positive. TB is slowly declining each year and it is estimated that 37 million lives were saved between 2000 and 2013 through effective diagnosis and treatment.
OneVoice South Africa (OVSA), a dynamic NGO partnering with young people on HIV and TBprevention, continues to reach young people (13-19 years) and helping them to take action in their own lives and communities.
Since its inception in 2009, OVSA has taken the strong view that young people’s opinions need to be recognised, and incorporated in interventions that directly impact on their lives.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that works on the transition of the United States Government (USG) funded programmes to African counterparts.
HRSA seeks to recruit a Finance and/or Administration Expert Consultant who can participate in a two day training on their Clinical Assessment for Systems Strengthening (ClASS) Project in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stealing antiretrovirals (ARVs) is murder, according to the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPWA).
In a press statement, NAPWA secretary-general, Nkululeko Nxesi, points out that, “The lives of many people who are HIV positive depend on ARVs. Therefore those people who are selling ARVs... for recreational use are killing innocent people.”
Nxesi also called for better security in the public health system.
More than 4.6 million South Africans took an HIV test since April, according to Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe.
Speaking at a World AIDS Day event in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, Motlanthe pointed out that of this number, 800 000 (17 percent) tested positive for HIV.
He explains: "It means that friends, colleagues and families should talk about HIV in their workplaces, homes and communities, and take appropriate action to care for those infected and affected."
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says a generation of babies could be born free of AIDS if the international community step up efforts to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection.
More than 240 million additional children will be immunised in the next five years saving four million lives, but only if the GAVI Alliance receives the funds required to accelerate the introduction of new and under-used vaccines in the developing world.
If fully funded, GAVI will be in a position to vaccinate 90 million children with pneumococcal vaccine and 53 million children with rotavirus vaccine. These two vaccines help protect against pneumonia and diarrhoea, the world’s two biggest killers of children.
In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. ‘Love in the Time of AIDS’ explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths.
“Now is the time to continue the expansion of the South African response to HIV/AIDS”
South Africa is facing a major and mounting financial challenge as it strives to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. South Africa has 5.7 million people currently infected with the HIV virus, the largest number in the world, and half a million adults and children are becoming newly infected each year (UNAIDS, 2009).