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Unpacking Microbicides Study in Africa: A prevention measure among women from getting HIV/AIDS

Examples of microbicides:The case of the Vaginal Ring Study underway in Malawi where female participants are inserted with 25mg dapivirine vaginal matrix ring for a month to determine the effectiveness of the drug over the investigational product use period in preventing HIV-1 infection among healthy sexually active HIV-uninfected women. The outcome of the study by 2016 will see women being protected from catching the deadly HIV and AIDS pandemic

The 2009 UNAIDS report revealed  that 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV that two million lost their lives to AIDS as over 33.3 million individuals are living with the virus that out of this figure 22.5 million reside in sub-Saharan Africa countries including Malawi.

SADC News: Africa health 2015 supports the treatment of Clubfoot disability in South Africa

Africa Health13 May 2015: The organisers of the 5th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress, the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and medical conference, have announced the donation of R252,300.00 that will go towards supporting the treatment of clubfoot in Sub-Saharan Africa. The cheque donation was handed over to the STEPS Charity Southern Africa, a national and regional non-profit organisation and social enterprise working for the alleviation of clubfoot, during the recent event that was held at Gallagher Estate from 5-7 May 2015.

The Globalisation of Public Health: Ensuring Healthcare access for all

Malawi Healthcare05 May 2015: Against a backdrop of some enormous global failures, global healthcare is not yet a human right for all. However, there is hope that we can tackle the issues of public health around the world by working together, systematically.

 

This is according to Prof. Dr. Med. Ulrich Laaser, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bielefeld, Germany. He was speaking at the 5th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress, which opened this morning at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The event continues on 6-7 May.

Consent should be obtained before Sterilisation of women living with HIV/AIDS in Namibia

Women SterilizationThe Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and four other human rights organisations, concerned with the forced and coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV/AIDS in Namibia, have requested the UN Human Rights Committee to raise this with the government of Namibia. SALC, the Namibian Women’s Health Network (NWHN), International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), International Community of Women Living with HIV - Southern Africa (ICW-SA), and Her Rights Initiative, South Africa have submitted a report to the Committee raising concern that dozens of women in Namibia have been sterilised without their adequate and informed consent apparently on the basis of their HIV status.

Malawi Media urged to widen areas of reporting such as Nutrition

NutritionThe Media in the country have been urged to intensively report on nutrition to fight against malnutrition. This was established on Thursday during Global Day of Action towards nutrition press briefing in Lilongwe.

The Chairperson of Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance Malawi (CSONA) Gwyneth Cotes said that the aim of the Global Day of Actions (GDA) is to raise awareness on the negative effects of malnutrition and more importantly serving as a window of opportunity to exhibit pressure for action around nutrition.

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