hiv/aids

​Outcry Over Ban of LGBT Groups From AIDS Summit

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organisations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level United Nations AIDS conference next month.
 
Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban - Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – are not required to give an explanation.
 

​NGOs Plan to Distribute 2.5m Condoms

The Ngamiland Council of NGOs (NCONGO) and Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) are planning to distribute 2.5 million condoms in seven months throughout the Ngamiland region.

NCONGO executive officer, Monametsi Sokwe, points out that the project is also aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about several issues relating to HIV and sexual health using information, education and communication (IEC) materials and a social media campaign.

Global Fund, Botswana, Partner to Fight HIV and TB

 

Two new grants signed between the Global Fund and Botswana mark a new phase of partnership, with a focus on preventing, treating and caring for people affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented today at a signing event by the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, the European Union, Germany and France. The grants signed today total US$27 million.

Global Fund, Botswana, Partner to Fight HIV and TB

Two new grants signed between the Global Fund and Botswana mark a new phase of partnership, with a focus on preventing, treating and caring for people affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented today at a signing event by the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, the European Union, Germany and France. The grants signed today total US$27 million.

Call to Decriminalise Drug Abusers

TB/HIV Care Association, a non-governmental organisation working against the spread of TB and HIV, is calling for the decriminalisation of drug abusers.
The organisation’s Shaun Shelly, states that people who use drugs frequently suffer from human rights abuses at public spaces.

According to Shelly, the organisation recorded about 250 incidents of human rights violations in three cities throughout the country in a period of three months.

​AIDS-Related Deaths Declining, Says OAFLA

AIDS-related deaths are declining in all age groups, except among 10-19 year olds, it was heard during the Organisation of African Firsts Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) 16th annual General Assembly.
 
Hosted under the theme ‘Advancing sustainable Partnership to end pediatric AIDS and improve Adolescent’, reported that while African Union (AU) member states made great stride in mother to child HIV transmission, there was not targeted care for HIV positive children.
 

AIDS Vaccine Far from Reality

The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) says we are still a long way from realising a vaccine or a cure for HIV.

CAPRISA director, Professor, Salim Abdool Karim, says the search for a vaccine is underway, adding that, “So, the search is well underway and I think we have some early, promising data to suggest that it may be a potential way that would help us to develop a vaccine.”

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. 

Zambian NGOs Receive PEPFAR Grants

On 15 September 2015, the United States Embassy in Zambia provided about US$147 000 under the PEPFAR Small Grants programme to 16 local organisations.
 
During the presentation of the funds in Lusaka, deputy chief of mission, David Young, said he is proud to address the recipients of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme.
 

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