Health

TAC Refuses to be Distracted by Anthony Brink’s Lunacy

12 January 2007

The Treatment Action Campaign would like to inform the public and the media that it refuses to waste public resources in dignifying Anthony Brink’s lunatic call for the International Criminal Court to prosecute its chairperson Zackie Achmat.

Anthony Brink’s actions serve only to insult the rationality of all sane people and the difficult experiences of millions of people who live with HIV/AIDS in the world. We therefore ask that the media not to call our organization for comment on this as this is our official comment.

SA Unveils Supercomputer for HIV Research

Tectonic, 9 January 2007. 

The Meraka Institute, Intel and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have unveiled a new high performance computer designed to assist in HIV and AIDS research.

The supercomputer, which will be based at the Meraka Institute offices in Pretoria, uses a cluster of 32 dual-processor servers powered by Intel Itanium 2 processors and 32 dual-processor servers with Intel Xeon processors, running  a Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

National Civil Society HIV/AIDS Congress

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.

A Community’s Struggle with HIV/AIDS

Story from the Ground: Ntsweletsoku Village

South Africa is currently facing one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics worldwide, with almost 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day. Various factors have been blamed for the rapid rise of the epidemic, one of which relates to people’s overall ignorance about the disease, this is closely linked to people’s outlook on HIV testing.

Working Together for Health: Preventing the Health Workforce Shortage

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. 

Support Toolkit for HIV/AIDS NGOs

International HIV/AIDS Alliance, December 2005

Full of practical information, tools and guidance, this toolkit covers a range of subject areas about supporting NGOs and CBOs working in HIV/AIDS.  In each section, listed across the top of this page, there are resources collated and updated from different organisations, with detailed guidance and suggestions based on the experiences of the Alliance.

An Exploratory Analysis of HIV and AIDS Donor Funding in South Africa

Budget Briefs, No. 155, 2005. Idasa.
 
Extract from the Paper

Funding of HIV and AIDS interventions has been increasing over the years, both in the public sector and in donor assistance. Donor funding for HIV and AIDS in South Africa is channelled through bilateral aid to government departments and direct funding to NGOs from international aid agencies. However, funding to NGOs is particularly difficult to track because there is no centralised reporting mechanism in place for all international aid to the NGO sector.

Putting a Positive Spin on HIV/AIDS: PreventAIDS South Africa

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.

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