Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland
Lindiwe Dlamini nurses her six-week-old baby boy. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiMBABANE, Jan 7 2014 (IPS) Smiling as she breastfeeds her six-week-old baby boy, Lindiwe Dlamini, 38, is optimistic about his future. Dlamini, who is HIV-positive, is determined that her baby will not be infected. The mother of three – who conceived her first two children when she was HIV-negative – was on antiretroviral therapy (ART) when she delivered a healthy boy in November. Now she is feeding him on breast milk and nothing else for six months – advice she received during antenatal care. She knows mother’s milk is mor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health breastfeeding HIV/AIDS Maternal and Child Health Mothers to Mothers Swaziland Source Type: news

Tanzania: Young Brides Can Get Health Complications
[Daily News]HOW child-friendly is the country? The Child-Friendliness Index 2013, which also compares progress, reveals that those scoring highest as the 'most child-friendly' are Mauritius, South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Lesotho, Algeria, Swaziland and Morocco. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 7, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Scale up viral load monitoring to improve HIV treatment outcomes
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for the scale-up of HIV viral load treatment monitoring in order to help improve treatment outcomes. At the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Cape Town, South Africa, MSF reported new findings on the benefits of viral load monitoring for people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and strategies to reduce the costs. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the United States’ PEPFAR program – the two main funders of global HIV treatment – need to act now and use their purchasing power to negotiate drastically lower prices for vira...
Source: MSF News - December 10, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: HIV / AIDS NEWS Frontpage Access Campaign Source Type: news

Swaziland: HIV Wonder Drug 'Is Bogus'
[Swazi Media]Claims that a 'wonder drug' on sale in Swaziland can cure HIV are unfounded, an investigation has uncovered. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

[Press Release] Millions Still Waiting For AIDS Revolution
New York/Johannesburg, November 25, 2013—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today launched a film series titled See What We See to highlight the people and places left behind despite years of unprecedented global public health efforts to treat and prevent AIDS worlwide.   Just one week before a pivotal pledging meeting for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria—hosted in the United States—MSF also expressed concern that if donors fail to meet the Fund’s minimum US$15 billion replenishment t...
Source: MSF News - December 3, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Africa: No Scientific Evidence to Back Claims of Breakthrough Cures for HIV-Aids
[Daily Maverick]From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough "cures" for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims. Researched by MELISSA MEYER (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: HIV Cure Claims False Until Proven Effective
[Africa Check]From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough "cures" for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Swaziland: We Are Not Victims, Says Gay Movement
[Fahamu]In the undemocratic state of Swaziland, House of Our Pride (HOOP), an organisation fighting for the rights of Swazi Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people are also ensuring day-to-day care and survival, medical and otherwise, for LGBT people (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 2, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New MMWR: Differences Between HIV-Infected Men and Women in Antiretroviral Therapy Outcomes — Six African Countries, 2004 – 2012
Evaluation of differences between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men and women in antiretroviral therapy (ART) enrollment characteristics and outcomes might identify opportunities to improve ART program patient outcomes and prevention impact. During September 2008 – February 2012, retrospective cohort studies to estimate attrition of enrollees at 6-month intervals after ART initiation were completed among samples of adult men and women who initiated ART during 2004 – 2010 in six African countries: C ô te d'Ivoire in western Africa; Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zambia in southern Africa; and Uganda and...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - November 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New MMWR: Differences Between HIV-Infected Men and Women in Antiretroviral Therapy Outcomes — Six African Countries, 2004–2012
Evaluation of differences between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men and women in antiretroviral therapy (ART) enrollment characteristics and outcomes might identify opportunities to improve ART program patient outcomes and prevention impact. During September 2008–February 2012, retrospective cohort studies to estimate attrition of enrollees at 6-month intervals after ART initiation were completed among samples of adult men and women who initiated ART during 2004–2010 in six African countries: Côte d'Ivoire in western Africa; Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zambia in southern Africa; and Uganda and Tan...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - November 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New MMWR: Differences Between HIV-Infected Men and Women in Antiretroviral Therapy Outcomes — Six African Countries, 2004–2012
Evaluation of differences between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men and women in antiretroviral therapy (ART) enrollment characteristics and outcomes might identify opportunities to improve ART program patient outcomes and prevention impact. During September 2008–February 2012, retrospective cohort studies to estimate attrition of enrollees at 6-month intervals after ART initiation were completed among samples of adult men and women who initiated ART during 2004–2010 in six African countries: Côte d'Ivoire in western Africa; Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zambia in southern Africa; and Uganda and Tanzania in...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - November 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Millions Still Waiting For AIDS Revolution
New York/Johannesburg, November 25, 2013—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today launched a film series titled See What We See to highlight the people and places left behind despite years of unprecedented global public health efforts to treat and prevent AIDS worlwide.   Just one week before a pivotal pledging meeting for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria—hosted in the United States—MSF also expressed concern that if donors fail to meet the Fund’s minimum US$15 billion replenishment t...
Source: MSF News - November 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Swaziland: MSF rolls out innovative medical approach to prevent mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission
Since February 2013, an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), is being rolled out by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Ministry of Health in the Nhlangano area, in the south of the country. It aims to place 2,000 HIV-positive pregnant women on treatment over the next four years, as soon as possible after their diagnosis. So far, more than 200 women have joined the programme. 2013 Swaziland © Yasuhiko Okuno/MSFA MSF Community Testing Counsellor explains what is HIV, how it is transmitted, and how it is prevented. ...
Source: MSF News - October 24, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Swaziland HIV / AIDS NEWS Source Type: news

Swaziland: MSF rolls out innovative medical approach to prevent mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission
Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their children is an essential step in curbing the disease’s epidemic in Swaziland. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - September 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Source Type: news

Swaziland shows signs of turning corner on world's highest HIV rates
MBABANE (Reuters) - Swaziland, the country hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, appears to be stemming the pace of new infections thanks to increased funding, more efficient treatment and greater international help, public health workers said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news