Communication & Advocacy

Africa: Abstinence Push Fails to Slow Spread of HIV

Sex abstinence campaigns in Kenya and Uganda have not reduced the spread of HIV/Aids, a study has shown.
 
Researchers sought to determine the impact of a $1.4 billion (Sh140 billion) US expenditure in sub-Sahara Africa on drives intended to discourage pre-marital sex and promote faithfulness in marriage.
 
The money was spent over a 12-year period in 14 countries, including Tanzania and Rwanda. The funding was part of a US scheme known as the "President's Emergency Programme for Aids Relief or Pepfar"
 
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New report shows that urgent action is needed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

A new report released by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, warns that the AIDS epidemic could be prolonged indefinitely if urgent action is not implemented within the next five years. The report, On the Fast-Track to end the AIDS epidemic, reveals that the extraordinary acceleration of progress made over the past 15 years could be lost and urges all partners to concentrate their efforts to increase and front-load investments to ensure that the global AIDS epidemic is ended as a public health threat by 2030.
 
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South Africa: New, Better HIV Drugs Can Save Billions of Rand

The introduction of three new antiretroviral medicines for treating people with HIV could save $3 billion for programmes in low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2025. This finding was presented in February at the world's premier HIV science meeting: the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, better known as CROI.

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Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
 
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.
 
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Kenya: Cholera Outbreak Kills Five in Mandera, 320 Others Infected

Five people have died after a cholera outbreak in Mandera County while 320 others have been infected.
 
Health executive Ahmed Sheikh linked the outbreak to poor hygiene and the ongoing heavy rains.
 
"We have noticed symptoms of cholera which is a normal infection and as we continue treating the patients they are getting better as we are giving them antibiotics and lots of fluids," he said.
 
Thirty patients are currently receiving treatment at Mandera County Referral Hospital's special ward.
 
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6ème Semaine africaine de vaccination du 26 au 28/04/2016

Au sud de Gitega ( centre du Burundi),  au centre de santé de la commune Bukirasazi, ce mardi 26 avril 2016, Dr Josiane Nijimbere,  ministre burundaise de la Santé publique et de la Lutte contre le Sida,  en compagnie de plusieurs personnalités locaux et de la population des environs, a lancé la 6ème Semaine africaine de vaccination (SAV) avec l’introduction de la 4ème dose du vaccin contre la diphtérie, le tétanos et la coqueluche (DTC 4), et la 2ème dose du vaccin contre la rougeole (VAR), administrée depuis janvier 2013 aux enfants de 18 mois.
 
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Informe sobre la situación - Zika

Resumen
 

Entre el 1 de enero del 2007 y el 20 de abril del 2016, se documentó la transmisión del virus del Zika en 66 países y territorios.

Transmisión por mosquitos:

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L’OMS appelle à combler les lacunes en matière de vaccination dans le monde

Alors que la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination se tiendra du 24 au 30 avril 2016 dans le monde entier, l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a encouragé jeudi les pays à prendre de nouvelles mesures pour combler leurs lacunes en matière de vaccination.

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Près de 450 millions d'Africains menacés par la méningite qui "tue en 24 heures"

 
À Abidjan, des spécialistes de huit pays du continent ont alerté que la méningite cérébro-spinale à méningocoques qui menace 450 millions d'Africains en 2016.
Vingt-six pays qui composent la "ceinture africaine de la méningite s'étendant du Sénégal à l'Ethiopie - où vivent 450 millions de personnes - peuvent être lourdement touchés par des épisodes épidémiques", ont averti les experts lors d'une conférence de presse, appelant à une riposte efficace.
 
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La pénurie du vaccin antituberculeux se confirme, la Pologne apporte son aide

 
Cette situation a forcé le haut conseil de la santé publique à mettre en place certaines recommandations en cette période de manque de doses de vaccin. En attendant un renouvellement des stocks, ce sont des injections antituberculeuses venant de Pologne qui seront utilisées.
 
Un vaccin BCG prioritaire pour certaines situations à risque
 
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