More Babies Tested, Treated, and Born HIV-Free in Namibia

May 11, 2017To end the country's HIV epidemic, new infections among children must be eliminated. This district is making it happen.Children are the most vulnerable members of our society.Be it from hunger or disease, the littlest and most innocent human beings should not suffer —because it is not their fault. It is never their fault. Their life and wellbeing depends on others.It is our responsibility and moral duty to do everything in our power to protect them from harm.The number of children born HIV-positive has dropped by over 90%.HIV can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. But when effective medication is taken, the risk of transmission is significantly reduced. Children are born and remain HIV-negative, even when an HIV-positive mother is breastfeeding her HIV-negative baby.As a matter of fact, since the PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) program was started, we have seen HIV transmission from mothers to their children decrease from 30% to less than 5%.This is a huge success.All of us here have one goal in common: we want to end the HIV epidemic. And to achieve that, new infections among children must be eliminated.The World Health Organization promotes a comprehensive approach to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. One important part of this strategy is to provide appropriate treatment, care, and support to mothers living with HIV, their children, and other family members.Since 2004, thanks to seve...
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Conclusions: To ensure an effective national response to control and prevent HIV infection, policymakers in India need to focus on ≥25 years' age group of women attending ANC for designing educational interventions to reduce HIV risk as well as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Source: Indian Journal of Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
(Bloomberg) — State hospitals in South Africa have sterilized some pregnant HIV-positive women without their consent, according to an investigation by the government’s Commission for Gender Equality. The investigation was prompted by a 2015 complaint by the non-profit Women’s Legal Centre, which documented 48 cases where women were allegedly either forced or coerced into agreeing to the procedure while giving birth. South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with a prevalence rate of 13% and about 7.7 million people living with the virus that causes AIDS. The impact of the epidemic on family ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized HIV onetime South Africa Source Type: news
January 21, 2020As the number of new HIV infectionsrises in South Sudan and the country struggles to provide high-quality health care during an ongoing civil war,IntraHealth International is partnering with the Ministry of Health and health workers to make better care available to more people.In 2018, only 24% of people living with HIV in South Sudan knew their status and only 16% of people living with HIV were on treatment,according to UNAIDS. The epidemic is concentrated among certain groups that face barriers to health care and higher risks of infection, especially female sex workers, orphans, and vulnerable children. T...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: South Sudan HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Digital Health Human Resources Management Health in Conflict Social Services Source Type: news
Authors: Falanga C, Marotta C, Negri S, Di Gennaro F, Fiore Bavaro D, Poliseno M, Mazzucco W, Monno L, Saracino A, Lo Caputo S Abstract 4,000 new HIV diagnoses and approximately 800 AIDS cases are still reported annually in Italy. Improving public awareness and bringing out HIV-undiagnosed individuals are keystones to progress towards the control of the HIV epidemic. For this purpose, the Open HIV TEST project was organized and delivered by the Italian NGO Anlaids, together with local infectious diseases specialists, in order to provide free access to HIV testing outside the healthcare setting. Between October 2017...
Source: Infezioni in Medicina - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infez Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Although ART scale-up was temporally associated with a decline in TB notification rates, the achieved rates of decline are below those required to achieve the End TB Targets. Additional investments in tuberculosis control should include efforts to promote earlier care seeking and ART initiation among HIV-positive persons. PMID: 31529618 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the International AIDS Society - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: J Int AIDS Soc Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: A negative status following confirmatory Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) is the desired pediatric outcome of prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs. EID impacts epidemic control by confirming non-infected HIV-exposed infants (HEIs) and prompting timely initiation of ART in HIV-infected babies which improves treatment outcomes. OBJECTIVES: We explored factors associated with EID outcomes among HEI in North-Central Nigeria. METHOD: This is a cross-sectional study using EID data of PMTCT-enrollees matched with results of HEI's dried blood samples (DBS), processed for D...
Source: AIDS Research and Therapy - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: AIDS Res Ther Source Type: research
Winnie Byanyima. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Sep 13 2019 (IPS) Two African women were recently appointed to top global health positions: Winnie Byanyima as the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Dr. Matshidiso Moeti reappointed as the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Already, Ms. Byanyima is focusing on human rights as a way to end the AIDS epidemic, and Dr. Moeti’s priorities include ensuring more Africans have universal health coverage, preventing and managing disease outbreaks and promoting good health. In these powerful ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Development & Aid Health Source Type: news
Authors: Phillips AN, Cambiano V, Nakagawa F, Bansi-Matharu L, Wilson D, Jani I, Apollo T, Sculpher M, Hallett T, Kerr C, van Oosterhout JJ, Eaton JW, Estill J, Williams B, Doi N, Cowan F, Keiser O, Ford D, Hatzold K, Barnabas R, Ayles H, Meyer-Rath G, Nelson L, Johnson C, Baggaley R, Fakoya A, Jahn A, Revill P Abstract INTRODUCTION: As prevalence of undiagnosed HIV declines, it is unclear whether testing programmes will be cost-effective. To guide their HIV testing programmes, countries require appropriate metrics that can be measured. The cost-per-diagnosis is potentially a useful metric. METHODS: We simulate...
Source: Journal of the International AIDS Society - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: J Int AIDS Soc Source Type: research
June 27, 2019In the Oshikoto region of Namibia, the number of adolescent girls and young women taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) increased by over 100% in just three months—an uptick from 82 to 172. That means over twice as many at-risk girls and women are now lowering their risk of infection by using this daily medication.This is one of the early, promising results ofIntraHealth International and IntraHealth Namibia’s work on the USAID-funded Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored,&Safe (DREAMS) project, which is led by Project HOPE in Namibia.DREAMS is helping Namibia prevent new HI...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Namibia Namibia DREAMS HIV & AIDS Gender Equality Youth Health Workers Source Type: news
Conclusion and Recommendations: Consistent condom utilization among HIV clients on ART was low (55.8%). Place of residence and condom use initiation during sexual contact were significantly associated with consistent condom use. It is better to give more emphasis on health education and counseling service about consistent condom use for PLWHA who are on ART during follow-up especially for those who came from rural areas. PMID: 31007955 [PubMed]
Source: AIDS Research and Treatment - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: AIDS Res Treat Source Type: research
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