The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotts official World AIDS Day proceedings for the second consecutive year as the group alleges that the millions of rands used to host this year's event in the Free State would be better spent strengthening the health system.
TAC national general secretary, Anele Yawa, states that, “As the TAC, we are totally opposed to our government spending millions of rands on high profile events every World AIDS Day, often in provinces where the challenges are immense," adding that, "In many instances, these high profile World AIDS Day events do not make any positive impact in our battles to contain the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics in our country."
Meanwhile, Joe Maila, spokesperson for the Department of Health, has described what he calls TAC's estimations of alleged government spending on World AIDS Day celebrations as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘extreme exaggeration’.
To read the article titled, “South Africa: TAC to Boycott Official World Aids Day,” click here.Source:All Africa
Over 1 000 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today (1 December 2014) to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public health system.
Following two attempts to meet with Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, failed, TAC has made it clear that it will not participate in the official event, the organisation is currently holding a vigil with PWAs outside the stadium until the event finishes in the hope of a brief audience with the Deputy President.
The organisation states that: “We are tired of expensive World AIDS Day events that bring a circus to a heavily affected area for one day and leaves with the realities for PWAs unaddressed. This is not the way to remember people with HIV who have died in the struggle to get South Africa to the position to where we standing in relation to the HIV epidemic today. TAC respects the Deputy President and Minister of Health and their commitment, but we also say enough is enough and PWAs are still dying in great numbers.”
To read the article titled, “Nothing to celebrate on World AIDS Day in Mpumalanga,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to the United Nations, one in three women will be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime, translating to one billion women who are both directly and indirectly affected by gender violence.
The gender-based violence (GBV) Indicators Study carried out by Gender Links in six countries of Southern Africa, show that the most predominant form of GBV experienced by women and perpetrated by men occurs within intimate partnerships.
According to the study, men who were abused in childhood were more likely to be violent to their partners and were also more likely to have done so more than once.
To read the article titled, “Africa: A call to men to fight gender violence,” click here.Source:Times Live
Save the Children has launched a three-year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu, Malawi, to complement government’s work in the promotion of girls' education in the country.
Speaking during the launch ceremony in Ntcheu, Save the Children programme manager, Frank Mwafulirwa, argued that incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl's school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.
Mwafulirwa stated that, "According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 percent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 percent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country."
To read the article titled, “Save the children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu,” click here.Source:All Africa
Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
To read the article titled, “KZN hands out 4 000 cardboard cots,” click here.Source:IOL News
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that 23 suicides occur daily in South Africa and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported every day, adding that help is available to anyone planning on taking their own life.
SADAG spokesperson, Meryl Da Costa, states that counsellors are available 24 hours a day to offer assistance and referrals to clinics to those in need.
Da Costa asserts that, “Counsellors are trained to identify symptoms leading to suicide, and information is readily available on what to do once such symptoms are suspected.”
To read the article titled, “Tuks, Menlyn suicides worries depression group,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Advocacy groups believe that greater regional cooperation is needed to eliminate malaria as it remains a health threat to millions of people living in Southern Africa.
Roll Back Malaria, a partnership of organisations, says 200 000 people continue to die from the disease in Southern African each year, with the occurrence remaining unacceptably high in the region.
Roll Back Malaria’s, executive director, Kaka Mudambo, states that, "Low endemic countries have reached the stage of four per thousands, and in some zero cases of deaths; and those countries which are between zero and fifty and then we have the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] where you still get a lot of malaria maybe three hundred to four hundred per thousand.”
To read the article titled, “Malaria remains a threat in Southern Africa,” click here.Source:SABC News
Malawi’s Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s principal secretary, Edith Mkawa, blames the mechanisms utilised to dispatch messages of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s as a contributing factor to the increased transmission of the virus in that country.
Mkawa has been quoted as saying that attributes that people in the country do not fully understand the concepts of HIV and AIDS because of traditional norms which influenced the spread of the disease.
She states that: "People are resisting from adapting to change to protect themselves from contracting HIV, though they know HIV is deadly; however, this depends on how they understand the concept of HIV/AIDS in the first place."
To read the article titled, “Unsafe sex irks HIV/AIDS fighters,” click here.Source:All Africa
Research conducted by the Department of Health in 2012 revealed that over 400 000 South African children under the age 15 in South Africa were HIV-positive.
The Alliance Against HIV/AIDs, a Northern Cape based non-governmental organisation (NGO), says over 80 percent of caregivers in the province are withholding this information from children.
The organisation’s spokesperson, Mpho Lekgetho, warns the affected people of the dangers of withholding such information.
To read the article titled, “'Stigma' blamed for not disclosing HIV status to infected children,” click here.Source:SABC News
Zambia’s deputy minister of health, Chitalu Chilufya, states that the country is conducting a national tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey to present evidence that will ensure effective TB programming in future.
Speaking at a research dissemination meeting organised by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), Chilufya asserted that programme-based research will form a greater part of the national TB control programme.
Chilufya is of the view that the fight against TB called for collaborative efforts between government and partners.
To read the article titled, “Govt starts TB survey,” click here.Source:All Africa