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Women Deliver Conference opens in Vancouver

By Gitonga Njeru in Vancouver The Women Deliver Conference opened Tuesday in the coastal seaport city of Vancouver. The conference brings the largest gathering of women leaders from around the world specializing in different professional fields. Over 3,000 delegates have converged in one of North Americas most cosmopolitans’ cities to discuss issues and challenges facing

Strengthening health systems to better fight infectious diseases in Africa

The WHO reports that 13 million people die from infectious diseases each year. In some countries, one in every two deaths is a result of an infectious disease; while in Africa, diseases like HIV/Aids, TB, malaria and hepatitis account for the majority of these deaths. Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, CEO of the Centre of Infectious Disease

Building a TB-Free World feasible, Lancet Commission declares

Rapid, sustained declines in tuberculosis deaths in many countries during the past 50 years provide compelling evidence that ending the pandemic is feasible, a report by the Lancet Commission released ahead of World TB Day discloses. At the heart of the report is a recognition that TB preventive therapy can be an effective intervention to

Project ECHO to Tackle Africa’s Health Challenges spreads

A new collaborative learning and practice platform dedicated to improving health care delivery in Africa is mobilizing powerful new multi-country partnerships and equipping frontline health workers to better combat devastating diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, cancer, cholera, and Ebola. On February 18-19, Project ECHO will conduct an immersion workshop training in Johannesburg, South Africa, for around

World’s leading researchers say scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws

Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission. The “Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law” and an accompanying editorial will be published at 15:15 CEST today in the Journal of the International

UNICEF, UNAIDS launch report on ending adolescent AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched a report titled All In, in Eastern and Southern Africa: Catalysing the HIV response for adolescents. Launched at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the report demonstrates progress made on adolescent HIV programming in the Eastern and Southern

Despite some success, bad laws and discrimination undermining AIDS response

Despite the successful repeal of the HIV criminalization laws by the governments of Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, discrimination against vulnerable and marginalized communities is still seriously hampering the global effort to tackle the HIV epidemic. This is according to a groundbreaking new report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. According to

Voluntary medical male circumcision may cost-effectively prevent HIV in Zimbabwe

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) could impact Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic in the coming years, and this investment may save costs in the longer term. These findings were reported by Jessica McGillen of Imperial College London and colleagues on July 18th in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Zimbabwe adopted VMMC as a priority HIV prevention strategy

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