'Meet Joe' is a story booklet that complements a one-minute animated television public service announcement (PSA). The booklet forms part of the regional Onelove campaign and is being distributed across all countries involved in Onelove. Meet Joe highlights sexual networks and how having more than one sexual partner at the same time puts one at risk of HIV and AIDS. The concept behind the comic and the PSA is to represent people without showing identities or specific racial or cultural groups.
Lives of AIDS patients in poor countries could be severely compromised if donors and rich nations continue reducing their funding commitments to AIDS programmes. This is according to an independent humanitarian agency, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
MSF urges major donors not to ‘wipe out gains’ made by the roll out of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) by ‘retreating from their international funding commitments’.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has declared "Movember" the month to challenge all South African men to grow their moustaches and help change the face of men's health.
Co-founder of the Movember, Justin Coghlan, points out that, "The aim of Movember is to raise awareness about men's health issues, and the idea has already generated interest from South African men ready to donate their faces and time."
25 October 2009
Sergeant Sipho Mthethwa of the SANDF’s 121 SAI Battalion, which is based in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, made history on Friday by being the first known HIV positive soldier to be deployed externally by the SANDF. External deployment relates to SANDF missions outside of the borders of South Africa.
KwaZulu-Natal health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, says his department is ready to establish a traditional medicine directorate to bolster attempts to curb HIV and AIDS.
Dhlomo, who addressed thousands of traditional healers at KwaDukuza over the weekend, said that out of a population of 10.4 million in the province, three million people are HIV positive.
In the slums and rural areas of India, visual impairment, blindness, and childhood blindness are usually more prevalent.
Cell-Life has pledged to donate 5 000 free short messaging service (SMS-es) to CBOs and up to 100 000 to national NGOs working in the HIV/AIDS field.
Cell-Life’s Peter Benjamin, whose organisation was part of the Western Cape Emergency Task Team that launched ‘No To Xenophobia’ SMS line across the country after last year’s xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, says mobile phones are effective tool for conveying messages.
Around the world, policymakers and civil society are debating how economic and trade policies shape public health. Trading Women’s Health and Rights adds a new dimension to this debate. The book synthesises research from a variety of disciplines to analyse how the liberalisation of international trade affects reproductive health and rights. It demonstrates how global and national trade policies affect the quality, quantity, and cost of reproductive health services.
KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC, Ina Cronje, says that the uMgungundlovu district has the highest prevalence (45.7 percent) of HIV infections among pregnant women countrywide. This means that almost every second pregnant woman in the district is HIV positive.
Cronje, who describes the launch of the uMgungundlovu AIDS Council is timely and part of the coordinated effort acres the different tiers of government, says that, “It is high time we face the HIV/Aids monster head on”.
Ghana Women's Voices has called on pharmacists to help in curbing the high level of unsafe abortions in that country.
The organisation has also encouraged pharmacists to use their medium to educate and direct expectant mothers, who are keen in aborting their pregnancies due to reasons beyond their control, to the right authorities, in order to reduce unsafe abortions.