hiv/aids

500 NGOs Receive PEPFAR Support

More than 500 community and faith-based organisations (FBOs) in Zambia last year received support from the United States’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme to implement HIV and AIDS prevention programmes and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

Acting PEPFAR country coordinator, Tamu Daniel, points out that that the agency’s small grants programme gives community-based organisations (CBOs) the opportunity to grow and thrive.

NGO: ARVs Affect Pupils' Academic Performance

Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
 
Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
 

UNAIDS Hopes to End AIDS by 2030

The new Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) report says that by taking the Fast-Track approach, nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths would be averted by 2030.

As the world marks World AIDS Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced fast track targets that it ambitiously hopes will end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Less than Half of Infected People Know their Status

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) say that although 65 percent of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.

While less than a third of South Africa’s 35 million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures, SANAC says that the country has among the ‘highest population-level HIV testing in the world’.

Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare: Social Development Manager

Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare (UBACH) is an association incorporated in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act (i.e. it is a not-for-profit organisation) with the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of children and teens living with HIV. UBA provides comprehensive, community-based support services in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa.

Govt to Advance ARV Provision

Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”

AIDS Could be Over by 2030 - UNAIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) says the HIV/AIDS  epidemic could end in 15 years if ‘fast-track targets’ are accelerated in the next six years - if not, infection rates could continue to rise.

The UN agency says if these targets are reached, 20.6-million AIDS-related deaths will be averted by 2030 and 27.9-million new adult HIV infections and 5.9-million infections among children will also decrease.

Unprotected Sex Exposes Men to HIV Infection

A study has found that men who have sex with men (MSM) have a high prevalence of HIV, with Durban having the most men testing positive for the virus compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town.
 
Researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council, states that, "In Durban, the prevalence is unusually high among respondents at 48.2 percent, in Cape Town, the overall prevalence was 22.3 percent. Johannesburg was at 26.8 percent."
 
The study, called the Marang Men's Project, was conducted from 2012 to 2013 in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban among 925 MSM.
 

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