Highlights

Ebola Drug Trials Set to Begin amid Crisis

William Pooley, a nurse from the United Kingdom who caught Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone, is the latest person in the current outbreak...Read More

Source: http://go.nature.com/m55ual

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa-No Early End to the Outbreak

Many people have asked me why the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is so large, so severe, and so difficult to contain...Read More

Source: http://NEJM.org

Ebola Signs and Symptoms Poster

Ebola Signs and Symptoms: Bloody diarrhoea, fever, bloody nose or gums, vomiting blood, muscle or joint pain, skin rush...Read More

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Facts

More than 35.3 million people are currently living with HIV in the world. 2.1 million of these are adolescents (10-19 years).
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body.
In 2012,more than 35.3 million people were living with HIV worldwide 2.1 million of these were adolescents (10-19 years).
Antiretroviral coverage of pregnant women living with HIV to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus reached 62%, in 2012
More than 75% of all estimated HIV incident tuberculosis cases live in just 10 countries, nine of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2012, more than 35.3 million people were living with HIV worldwide where 2.1 million of these were adolescents (10-19 years).
In 2012, 62% of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
Consisting of the combination of antiretroviral drugs (ARV), antiretroviral therapy slows the rate at which HIV multiplies in the body helping the infected person to stay healthy. It also helps to prevent HIV transmission.

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On Our Shelves

 

Ebola is becoming ever more of a worrying health threat in Africa and is slowly spreading to other parts of the world too. However, Africa is by far the biggest victim. In this issue, we provide some articles based on the latest data, which also includes illustrated material on the symptoms of the virus.

Reproductive Health

Pregnant Women Need More Support on Looking after Their Own Health after Childbirth – could help Retention in Option B+ Programmes

Many women living with HIV believe that HIV care for the mother’s own health is unimportant once the baby is born, especially if the infant tests HIV negative, according to qualitative research in South Africa. This may be part of the explanation for high rates of drop-out from programmes which aim to enrol all pregnant women living with HIV on lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) regardless of CD4 cell count – the Option B+ policy.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/

Positive Living

My 27-year battle with HIV/AIDS

imageSylvia Mueni Munyao is part of a maturing, little-understood population of infected children once dismissed as sure disasters, but who, because of medical advances, are living far longer than anyone expected.

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Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/

Care

They have that Heart (homebased care Namibia)

imageThe full range of help, support and services provided to individuals, patients and community members in the home or community. Care can be provided by family members, or by other care providers who are not family members, such as volunteer care providers.

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Source: http://www.lac.org.na/

Children

Communicating with children and talking about HIV

imageChildren who feel listened to and understood are happier and healthier. When your baby cries and you respond, this helps him feel loved and secure. Feeling secure helps him grow and learn well. As children get older, we need to listen and explain things to them, answer their questions, comfort them, and help them express their ideas and feelings. If we do, their health, learning, and cooperation will all be better.

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Source: http://hesperian.org/

PMTCT

Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women on ARVs – APM

Blantyre — President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count. Mutharika said this at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre recently during the signing of the Protect the Goal Campaign as a sign of commitment to the fight against HIV and Aids.

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Source: http://allafrica.com/

Book Review

Religion & AIDS in Africa

imageThis book provides an empirical account of how religion affects the interpretation, prevention, and mitigation of AIDS in the world's most religious continent. Drawing upon their extensive fieldwork in Malawi and survey data from 26 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the book identifies religious patterns in HIV prevalence, shows how religion shapes interpretations and understandings of AIDS, examines religious differences in risk and preventive behaviors

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Source: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/