According to a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, looking into the global burden of disease with a particular focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, new HIV infections in South African children under five years old have dropped by more than three quarters between 2003 and 2013, from 56 000 to 7 600.
The United Nations (UN) says that the global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, the UN says as it voiced hope of wiping out the killer disease.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) executive director, Michel Sidibe, says global effort to beat the pandemic has made huge strides, though the battle is far from over with 35 million people still living with HIV worldwide.
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.
The Durban Chamber Foundation (DCF) is a section 21 company of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has designed a series of interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace.
The Durban Chamber Foundation (DCF) seeks the service of following personnel for its Database Expansion in the following areas:
- HIV counsellors
- Staff nurses
These are not full-time positions. Consultancies are offered on a 'as needed ' basis.
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.
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 Badilika Foundation, a faith-based organisation working to transform lives of sex workers, states that Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless sex workers are empowered to demand safe sex as one way of HIV reducing transmission.
The foundation’s executive director, Forbes Msiska, argues that, "Clients of these sex workers are mostly married men who have stable families and failure to empower them to demand condom usage is likely to lead to many innocent partners at home getting infected as the client will get infected and later infect their partners."
The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.
Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.