The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development and mothers2mothers have launched a five-year regional partnership in Swaziland.
The partnership, which is the first of its kind in the region, is part of USAID's Southern Africa Regional HIV/AIDS Programme (RHAP) and is designed to strengthen country-led programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and eliminate pediatric AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa, the regions hit hardest by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Swaziland will be the first country under the new partnership to receive USAID funding to implement m2m's "Mentor Mothers Reducing Infections through Support and Education (RISE)" Project.
To read the article titled, “US government announces USAID and mothers2mothers (m2m) partnership to end pediatric AIDS,” click here.Source:All Africa
My Village Organisation (MVO), a Malawian NGO, has launched a ‘Bring your Wife-PMTCT’ campaign that aim to engage men participation in the access and utilisation of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services.
Speaking during the launch at Bolero, the Tumbuka paramount chief called on men to accompany their pregnant spouses in order to get correct information on PMTCT and other antenatal services.
The chief challenged the men to rise above cultural and social norms and gender stereotypes which entails that taking care of the pregnancy and raising children is a woman’s activity.
The campaign runs for a period of one year targets to reach out to 500 couples.
To read the article titled, “Malawi NGO encourages male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
The Department of Health says that a slightly higher proportion of babies have been saved from HIV infection in 2011 than in the previous year.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, points out that, "It has proven that putting mothers and infants on treatment early on really works." Motsoaledi further says that it is pleasing that the biggest drop in HIV transmissions was in KwaZulu-Natal, which has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
To read the article titled, “Fewer babies infected by HIV,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that the rate of new HIV infections continues to outpace prevention efforts.
Replying to questions in the National Council of Provinces, Motlanthe, told members there are now an estimated 5.38 million people with HIV in South Africa.
He says this translates into a HIV prevalence of 10.6 percent for the overall population, and 16.6 percent for the 15 to 29 year age group.
Responding to a question on whether South Africa was winning the battle against HIV/AIDS, he said a number of programmes had begun to have an impact.
To read the article titled, “HIV infections outpace prevention: Motlanthe,” click here.Source:Times Live
- South Africa's programme to prevent HIV in babies has achieved a 96.5 percent success rate in wiping out transmission from infected pregnant mothers, according to the Medical Research Council.
The government research body says that an inaugural national evaluation survey among the world's biggest AIDS population tested 9 915 infants at public clinics, of whom 31.4 percent were exposed to the virus but only 3.5 percent tested positive.
It further states that infection rates among mothers ranged from 15.6 percent in the sparsely populated Northern Cape to 43.9 percent in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the hardest hit region in the country.
To read the article titled, “SA nearly wipes out infant AIDS infections,” click here.Source:Times Live
Government has revitalised its programmes to promote various prevention measures including medical male circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission and the promotion of HIV testing.
Delivering his State of the Nation Address 2011 in Cape Town, Zuma stated that the testing has been popularly taken up around the country, adding that just over five million HIV tests have been done since the launch of the testing campaign in April last year.
In the same vein, Zuma said that over the past year, work has continued to develop the National Health Insurance policy and implementation plan. He promised that government will soon be releasing the policy document for public engagement.
For more about the State of the Nation Address 2011, click here.Source:South African Government Online
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says a generation of babies could be born free of AIDS if the international community step up efforts to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection.
In its report entitled ‘Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010’, UNICEF found that millions of women and children, particularly in poor countries, fall through the cracks of HIV services either due to their gender, social or economic status, location or education.
The organisation states that while children have benefited from substantial progress made in the fight against AIDS, more must be done to ensure all women and children get access to the medicines and health services designed to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.
To read the article titled, “UNICEF says HIV-free generation achievable,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says international guidelines for mothers taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) may change, with new evidence showing HIV infection rates among babies are significantly cut when mothers are given prolonged ARV treatment during breastfeeding.
WHO is reviewing its 2006 recommendations on the use of ARVs in pregnant women, including during the breastfeeding period.
The new guidelines are expected to be published by the end of 2009 and will take into account emerging data.
To read the article titled, “WHO may change ARV guidelines for pregnant mothers,” click here.Source:<br /> Reuters