Not Easy Dealing With AIDS Patients

Thuliswa Sontsele, a social worker at South Coast Hospice, says dealing with people infected with HIV/AIDS is a difficult job.

Sontsele says they work tirelessly in educating people about the importance of taking medication and to adhere to the treatment.

She says it is emotional to see the little ones who are infected and have to take their medication on a daily basis, yet they ask a lot of questions about their future. 

Govt to Advance ARV Provision

Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”

Infants Start HIV Treatment Late

According to a study presented at the 2014 Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference, three quarters of infants starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) across 11 clinics in Southern Africa had severe HIV disease and 87.2 percent met the 2006 World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of severe immunosuppression.

Botswana Ordered to Provide ARVs to Prisoners

Botswana's High Court orders the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

Justice Bengbame Sechele, ruled that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS supports the challenge against government policy, saying it violated the prisoners' constitutional right to equality, dignity and non-discrimination.

UNAIDS Commends SA on AIDS

New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by a third since 2004, according to a report handed to Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe.
The report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that between 2004 and 2012, the number of new HIV infections fell from an estimated 540 000 to 370 000.
UNAIDS Country Coordinator for South Africa, Catherine Sozi, says that government’s increased roll-out of the antiretroviral (ARV) therapy programme had averted an estimated 780 000 deaths between 2004 and 2012.

Massive AIDS Campaign Gears Up

Declaring the inability of the poor to obtain HIV/AIDS medications ‘a global health emergency’, the director-general of the United Nations World Health Organisation, Dr. Lee Jong-wook, launched a global drive to provide life-extending antiretroviral drugs (ARVs to three million people, including two million in Africa.

HIV-Positive Patients Default on ARVs

Health practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal have raised concerns about the growing number of new HIV/AIDS patients defaulting on antiretroviral treatment.

During the HIV/AIDS Symposium held at the City of uMhlathuze in eMpangeni on the north coast, they said that in that municipality alone, about 500 HIV/AIDS patients have defaulted on ARVs in the past year.

They further said that close to 7 000 people people have not returned to clinics for disease management and support in the province.

Judgement Reserved in Botswana ARV Case

The Botswana government says it cannot afford to provide foreign inmates with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) due to budget constraints.
The Botswana Court of Appeals has reserved judgment on a case in which the Botswana government appealed a high court ruling to provide foreign prisoners with anti-retrovirals (ARV’s).
The case includes a demand by an HIV positive Zimbabwean prisoner to be released, due to failure by the government to provide him with ARV’s.

Early ART Treatment Effective Against AIDS

Early antiretroviral treatment after diagnosis of HIV infection significantly reduces the likelihood of getting AIDS or other serious illnesses, according to results from a large international clinical trial published.
The study was presented a year earlier than planned after preliminary data showed that people who received treatment from diagnosis were 53 percent less likely to die or develop a serious illness such as AIDS compared to a control group where treatment began later when the immune system is weakened.

ARV Shortage Puts Babies at Risk

Thousands of Aids-infected babies in Eastern Cape face a high risk of death because a vital antiretroviral drug is out of stock, according to a report by Rural Health Advocacy Project, Doctors Without Borders, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27.

The report notes that the Mthatha depot does not have any supplies of Lopinavir-Ritonavir, a drug taken orally, which is an essential part of first-line antiretroviral therapy for infants.


NGO Services

NGO Services

NGO Events

Subscribe to RSS - ARVs