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Media Coverage Of Mandela’s Death, AIDS Work Continues

Media outlets continue to examine the HIV/AIDS work of Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 on Thursday. “As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, some observers are recalling the crucial role he played in advocating for science during the highly fraught AIDS crisis in South…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Ghana’s Success In Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines Ghana’s success in reducing its mother-to-child HIV transmission rate, saying some of the factors include support from PEPFAR and “a government arm that is exclusively dedicated to responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” In addition, “Ghana’s infant infection prevention programs, like most in west and central Africa,…

Some HIV Patients In Africa Developing Drug Resistance, Study Shows

“New research suggests that some AIDS patients [in Africa] are developing drug intolerance and severe side effects and will now have to switch to new, more expensive antiretroviral regimens,” Inter Press Service reports. “Researchers in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi say some patients on the first-line antiretroviral drugs nevirapine and…

IPS Examines HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Youth, Adolescents In Africa

Inter Press Service examines HIV/AIDS among youth in Africa, writing, “This is the only group where AIDS-related deaths have increased” and “[t]he rise in AIDS-related deaths among youth shows that they are falling through the cracks of HIV programs mainly designed for adults or children.” The article profiles Maureen Phiri,…

Efforts To Eliminate Human African Trypanosomiasis See Successes, Challenges, Guardian Reports

The Guardian examines international efforts to eliminate human African trypanosomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, which “remains endemic in 36 sub-Saharan African countries today, putting some 70 million people at risk.” The newspaper continues, “Elimination efforts have seen developments on multiple fronts: a strong health system in place for early…

IRIN Examines PMTCT Efforts In Africa

IRIN examines efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in several countries in Africa after the WHO “updated its guidelines in July 2012, and added Option B+ to its recommendations.” Previously, “[t]reatment options recommended by the [WHO] to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV … have depended on CD4 count…

Blog Examines Study On Integrating Family Planning, HIV Services

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines a study conducted in Kenya by Daniel Grossman and Craig Cohen of the University of California, San Francisco, “to determine if integrating family planning services into HIV care and treatment improved the uptake of more effective contraceptive methods, which include…

Escalation Of Violence Worsening Humanitarian Challenge In CAR

“An escalation of violence in the Central African Republic [CAR] is causing thousands to flee their homes into the wilderness, posing a humanitarian challenge in a country that has suffered from destabilization for years,” PBS NewsHour reports. “An estimated one in three people in the country of about five million…

U.S. Military Helping African Militaries Confront HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“U.S. Africa Command [Africom] is making headway in helping militaries across Africa confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a program focused on prevention, care and treatment, a senior command official reported [Wednesday],” the American Forces Press Service reports. Mike Hrshchyshn, chief of humanitarian and health activities for Africom’s Security Cooperation Programs…