People often say that they are scared to know their HIV status. Why? There are three common reasons given: I’d rather not know that I am going to die – what’s the point of knowing anyway? I’m scared others will find out and stigmatize me. If I know I have HIV, I have to tell my partner. I can’t do that – they will blame me.
HIV and AIDS
Why HIV/AIDS Development NGOs Should Invest in ICTs
The HIV/AIDS pandemic is arguably the greatest challenge facing South Africa. Over 5.5 million people in SA are HIV+, with millions more affected by the disease. Around 1,000 people die every day from AIDS, and about 1,500 are newly infected daily.
According to statistics by South Africa’s Department of Health, an estimated 5.4 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2006. Since its discovery more than twenty years ago, it has become increasingly clear that HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious and important challenges that the world, and particularly those in the developing world, have ever had to face.
The Isandla Institute report “Mainstreaming Local Government Responses to HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of the City of Cape Town’s HIV/AIDS/TB Multi-Sectoral Strategy” interrogates the City of Cape Town's response to HIV/AIDS by highlighting both the successes, weaknesses and impediments of the strategy and its implementation. The report extracts key lessons and recommendations, which have relevance not only for the City of Cape Town, but also for other municipalities seeking to formulate a coherent and effective response to HIV/AIDS.
A Victory for Civil Society Activism
Sipho Mathathi, Secretary General of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), victoriously holds up her fist at the National Civil Society HIV and AIDS Prevention and Treatment Congress, a watershed event marking a dramatic change in government’s outlook in dealing with the treatment of HIV and AIDS, after sustained civil society lobbying and advocacy.
This Friday, 7 April ’06, is World Health Day. The theme for this year is "Working together for Health.” The day is aimed at raising global awareness about the widespread shortage of health workers and the impact this has for people in need of healthcare.
All over the world, healthcare systems are finding it harder and harder to train and retain their health workers. With countries like South Africa emerging as critical battlegrounds for chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS and other related diseases, developing countries cannot afford to be short of competent health workers.
World Health Day: Focus on HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a major concern for developing countries worldwide. Lack of education, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, linked with extreme poverty, make people in the poorest countries most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
PreventAIDS South Africa (SA) is a media project that was established in 1999 to help lessen the public's stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS and to raise money for children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. The project achieves its vision by pairing the photographs of famous South Africans with people living with AIDS in an effort to personalise the disease, offer solidarity and hope, and decrease the stigmatisation.