​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.

TAC Favours Early Treatment for HIV Patients

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says giving HIV patients treatment as soon as possible will reduce the risk of AIDS related cancer and tuberculosis (TB).
This comes after the World Health Organisation said HIV patients should be given anti-retroviral drugs soon after diagnosis instead of waiting for their immune cell counts to fall below a certain threshold.

Zuma Welcomes UNAIDS Report

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the report by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on the significant progress South Africa has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The UNAIDS announced in a report ‘How Aids Has Changed Everything - Meeting the MDG Targets’‚ that the world had met and exceeded the AIDS targets of the Millennium Development Goal 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Zambia Refuse to Distribute Condoms

The Zambian government says it will not distribute condoms in schools until sufficient evidence is provided to prove that it can reduce teenage pregnancies.

Education deputy minister, David Mabumba, says that government will not distribute condoms to school going children because reproductive health activists have not justified their effectiveness in reducing teenage pregnancies and early marriages.

HIV Response Strategies Key to Tackling Malaria

Swaziland's minister of health and social welfare, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, has called for lessons learned from the HIV response in Southern Africa to be applied to the response to malaria.

Speaking on World Malaria Day (25 April 2015) in Livingstone, Zambia, Simelane emphasised the need for early diagnostic and treatment systems to combat malaria in the border areas of Southern Africa, just as has been done in the mitigation of HIV and AIDS.

Swaziland to Distribute About 20m Condoms

Organisations in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as those promoting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights are targeting to distribute close to 20 million condoms this year in Swaziland.

The United Nations Population Fund’s programme analyst, Thamary Silindza says this was agreed upon during at a recent meeting where government, civil society and the United Nations condom programming stakeholders got together to reflect on the past year and sharpen the national condom programming for 2015.

Zimbabwe Conducts Study on Female Condoms

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health is currently gathering evidence on acceptance of a new Cupid Female Condom before rolling it out.

The female condom is known as a 'life-saving device' that is initiated by females and Zimbabwe was among the first countries to introduce the female condom in 1997 as a woman-controlled method to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unintended pregnancy.


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