hiv/aids

Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

Court Rules on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case

Namibia’s Supreme Court has ruled that government violated the rights of three HIV-positive women when it had them sterilised without their consent.

In a joint press statement, the Namibian Women's Health Network (NWHN) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre state that the court affirmed the high court's ruling in 2012 that the government had subjected the women to coercive sterilisation.

NWHN director, Jennifer Gatsi Mallet, welcomes the ruling, but asserts that the three cases were only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case.

Call to Scale Up Fight Against GBV

Zambia’s local government and housing minister, Emmanuel Chenda, believes there is a need for concerted family and community-based activities to supplement government efforts in combating early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV).
 
Chenda is saddened by the increase in cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and GBV in that country.
 

Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa: Researcher

The Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA) was founded in 2006 as a regional civil society organisation focused on attaining effective, rights-based and developmental health financing in Africa to enable a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS.

CEGAA seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in KwaZulu-Natal or Johannesburg.

Malawi Puts HIV-Positive Women on ARVs

Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, says his country was the first to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

Speaking at the signing of the Protect the Goal Campaign as a sign of commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, Mutharika argues that the policy has significantly reduced the number of children born with HIV and has taken Malawi closer to achieving an HIV free generation.

Botswana Ordered to Provide ARVs to Prisoners

Botswana's High Court orders the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

Justice Bengbame Sechele, ruled that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS supports the challenge against government policy, saying it violated the prisoners' constitutional right to equality, dignity and non-discrimination.

Grassroot Soccer: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a South African nonprofit organisation that uses the power of soccer to prevent HIV and Aids. GRS trains local community based youth role models as skills coaches to deliver comprehensive HIV prevention and life skills education through rigorously designed and evidence based lead curricular.

GRS South Africa seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

The new series of the Lancet medical journal, argues that achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the rights of sex workers are recognised. 

Researchers state that sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need. 

AIDS Deaths and Infections Decline

According to the United Nations, AIDS-related deaths and further infections are on the decline worldwide.

At the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, international actors emphasised the need to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) highlighted the progress made globally, and especially in developing countries.

Campaigners Slam Homophobic States

Campaigners at the World AIDS Conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that let HIV spread like poison.

Powerfully mixing concerns over human rights and health, the issue threatens to divide western donor countries where gay equality is making strides from poor beneficiary nations where anti-gay laws persist or have been newly passed.

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