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Call to Provide AIDS Treatment

Countries have to test for HIV at least 90 percent of their populations and make sure that 90 percent of HIV positive people are on treatment.

This is one of the bold and ambitious targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

After about three decades of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the United Nations has now called on countries to end the scourge of this disease.

NGOs Blamed for Lacking Progress in AIDS Fight

District AIDS coordinator for Nsanje in Malawi, has blamed lack of progress by numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the district on the stubbornness of communities to change.

The District AIDS coordinator, Peter Mwakarawo, says HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district will continue to grow at an increasing rate if communities are not ready to let go off harmful and risky cultural practices arguing the massage is being heard but not practiced by respective persons.

Govt Conducts Survey to Combat TB

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.

Air Pollution Blamed for Deaths

A new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that air pollution is responsible for one in eight of all global deaths – double the previous estimate.

The report states that the seven million deaths annually are from a combination of indoor and outdoor air pollution.

In its research, WHO found strong links between indoor and outdoor air pollution and cardiovascular diseases - like strokes and ischaemic heart disease.

TB Likely to Increase By 2017 in Angola

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2017 the Tuberculosis (TB) rate may rise in Angola.

Fight Against Tuberculosis Programme coordinator, Celestino Teixeira, stresses that the country has done everything to implement the WHO strategies on disease.

Teixeira further states that in 2013, Angola reported a total of 60 807 cases of tuberculosis of all forms, observing an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.

Call to Pay Money Owed to NHLS

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has warned that the poorest patients will suffer if provincial health departments do not pay the National Health Laboratories Services (NHLS) monies owed to it.

CANSA head of health Professor Michael Herbst maintains that the NHLS renders a crucial service to cancer patients.

The Keiskamma Trust: Health Programme Advisor

The Keiskamma Trust is a community organisation, centred in Hamburg, a rural area of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, which works to foster hope and offer support for the most vulnerable. The organisation strives to address the challenges of widespread poverty and disease through holistic and creative programmes and partnerships.

The Keiskamma Trust seeks to appoint a Health Programme Advisor, based in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape.
 

HRW Issues Cholera Warning in Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.
 
The organisation says that a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million means drinking water is often taken from wells that are contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.
 

HRW Warns on Cholera Risk in Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.
 
The organisation says that a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million means drinking water is often taken from wells that are contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.
 

Zambians Urged to Test for Hepatitis

Four hundred million people globally are said to be infected with the hepatitis virus but only five percent of this number are aware that they have the virus.

Zambia’s chairperson for the national technical working group on hepatitis, Joseph Mulenga, said this during the belated commemoration of the world hepatitis day held at Matero in Lusaka.

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