Working Together for an AIDS-free Future for Girls and Women

Ten countries – Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – account for nearly half of all the new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2014. Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. This must change. The DREAMS initiative aims to help girls develop into Determined   Resilient   Empowered   AIDS-free   Mentored and   Safe women. Many adolescent girls and young women lack a full range of opportunities and are too often devalued leading them to be seen as unworthy of investment or protection. Social isolation, economic disadvantage, discriminatory cultural norms, orphanhood, gender-based violence, and school drop-out all contribute to girls’ vulnerability to HIV. We wish to ensure an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women. DREAMS will build upon existing evidence-based approaches and infuse additional resources and innovative approaches to better meet the needs of adolescent girls and young women. Read more... read more

Research Working Group – GSA want to eliminate

The Research Working Group of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) convened for two days to agree how to apply operational research to enhance efforts to eliminate schistosomiasis. On 14 June 2016, leading experts in the control and elimination of schistosomiasis from around the world gathered in Shanghai to advance the World Health Organization’s goal of worldwide elimination of the disease. However, 50 years after elimination, we will still have gynaecological disease and HIV susceptibility. The two-day meeting brought together health specialists to discuss such topics as new drugs, mapping the transmission of the disease and alternative control... read more

FGS introduced to gynaecologists

The WHO Pocket Atlas for Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) was launched at the Congress for South African Society for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG 2016). The South African Centre for Disease Control was represented by Dr Patrick Hlungwani. Furthermore, Dr Lester Chitsulo, parasitologist and former WHO leader for Bilharzia work presided over the launch together with gynaecologists from several countries. From left to right: Gynaecologist Francis Hyera, University of Limpopo, Department of Public Health Medicine, South Africa. Gynaecologist Roland Eddie Mhlanga, Mpumalanga Provincial Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology,  South Africa. Dr Lester Chitsulo, Malawi. Gynaecologist Bellington Vwalika, University Teaching Hospital, Zambia. Professional Nurse Deon Bezuidehout, Clinical Research, Merck, South Africa. Gynaecologist Motshedisi Sebitloane, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine,University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Eyrun F Kjetland, Research Fellow, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine/Norwegian Centre for Imported and Tropical Diseases. Mr Patrick Hlungwane, Communicable Disease Control, National Department of Health, South Africa. Gynaecologist Sibone Mocumbi, Maputo Central Hospital,... read more
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