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ETHIOPIA: HIV testing numbers rising steadily

Posted by Beau Herz on Jun 4, 2012 0 Comments »

Successful HIV testing campaigns in Ethiopia are showing a ten-fold jump in the number of people testing each year since 2005.

“Currently, 36 percent of women and 38 percent of men have ever been tested and received their test results,” the latest Demographic and Health Survey noted. ”Twenty percent of women and 21 percent of men have been tested for HIV and received their results in the 12 months before the [latest] survey,” published in March 2012.

“HIV testing has increased ten-fold since the 2005 EDHS [Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey], when just 2 percent of women and men had been tested and received their results in the 12 months before the survey.”

First launched in 1999, HIV counselling and testing has been expanding – more than 2,300 sites now provide counselling and testing services across the country. Eth Read full post…

Buy more and better bednets for the money, says new report | Sarah Boseley

Posted by Beau Herz on May 17, 2012 0 Comments »

On World Malaria Day, with Médecins sans Frontières reporting a crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has seen an upsurge of cases of the disease overwhelm the available response (see MSF’s account here), and general concern about the rise of resistance to antimalarials and the shrinking of resources, here is a bit of hopeful news. A new report from the Results for Development Institute suggests there are ways to save and reinvest badly needed funds, by getting better value for money out of the bednets distributed in endemic areas.

Over the next five years, say author Kanika Bahl and colleagues, smarter purchasing strategies could save an amazing $630m. That’s not for sending back to generous donor nations, of course. It could be used to buy 150m more bednets, protecting 300 million people from the mosquitoes that spread the disease.

Until now, in the rush to get enough long-lasting insecticide-impregnated bednets to enough people, there has been no careful thinking about the sorts of nets that work best. S

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DRC: Reducing the HIV risk of girls living on the street

Posted by Beau Herz on May 4, 2012 0 Comments »

Sarah, 16, started sleeping on the streets of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), when she was only eight years old. She doesn’t remember how she came to live on the streets, but thinks it was soon after her mother died.

Sarah is one of an estimated 20,000 children living rough on Kinshasa’s streets, many from homes too poor to feed them, some after being thrown out of their homes because they were accused of sorcery, while others end up on the streets as a result of the divorce and remarriage of a parent whose new partner won’t accept them. According to NGOs, about one-third of these children are girls, and around 80 percent of girls on the street make a living from sex. Read full post…

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UGANDA: HIV services in western refugee camps overwhelmed

Posted by Beau Herz on Mar 26, 2012 0 Comments »

Health workers manning five health centres in two refugee camps in the southwestern Ugandan district of Isingiro say they are overwhelmed by the high number of refugees and local residents in need of HIV services.

Severe personnel shortages in Nakivale and Oruchinga refugee settlements have led to long queues at the clinics and placed a heavy burden on the few health workers available, many of whom often have to take double shifts to meet demand.

“It’s the same staff to do ward work and carry out sensitization and awareness campaigns to increase the refugees’ understanding of HIV/AIDS, and how to prevent transmitting the disease,” said Dr Chris Omara, health coordinator for Medical Teams International (MTI), a medical NGO that works in humanitarian emergencies. Read full post…

Get Some Smoke Free E-Cigs!

Posted by admin on Mar 21, 2012 0 Comments »

In the year 2002, smoking related diseases has caused the death of over 4 million people world wide. Smoking is an epidemic and if the trend continues, by 2030 one in six people will die from smoking. It is not only bad for the smoker’s health but also harms the environment. Smoking causes cancer of the lungs, heart disease, stroke and harms the esophagus, mouth, bladder and the list goes on. It is also one of the more expensive habits and it costs an average smoker thousands of dollars per year.

Every smoker knows the harm and the many reasons to quit but it is definitely one of the hardest addiction to kick especially if the smoker has been a long time and heavy user. Close to 80% of smokers who attempt to quit, relapse in the first month and only a small percentage are able to remain smoke free.

If you are a long time smoker and have failed several times with going cold turkey, you may consider using one of the smoking cessation device. Read full post…

Tackling the last taboo

Posted by Beau Herz on Mar 4, 2012 0 Comments »

Diseases are not always as hard to defeat as tuberculosis and HIV, even when the damage they inflict is devastating. But when the disease is effectively taboo – its name an unmentionable word in polite conversation – it doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Syphilis kills around 1 million babies a year. These babies die because their mothers have a sexually transmitted disease that often has no symptoms and is not talked about. Some survive, but are blind or deaf. It’s a terrible price to pay for our prurience.

But now the realisation that tackling syphilis will make a sizeable dent in the millennium development goal to cut child deaths has provided a big incentive to tackle the last taboo. As I wrote here last June, a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed that infant deaths from syphilis could be halved by the use of a simple blood test for pregnant women and same-day antibiotic treatment.

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