North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

There’s well-deserved praise for sub-Saharan African countries like Botswana, eSwatini and Namibia in making strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On this December 1, the thirtieth anniversary of World AIDS Day, the eastern and southern regions of Africa still remain most affected by the HIV epidemic. It’s where 45 percent of…

UNAIDS: West and Central Africa fall behind in progress on HIV

UNAIDS: West and Central Africa fall behind in progress on HIV

A new report from UNAIDS warns that HIV infections are on the rise in nearly 50 countries, with West and Central Africa lagging behind on reducing infection rates and securing access to treatment. “We are sounding the alarm,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. “Entire regions are falling behind,…

Naomi Campbell helps launch Lesotho HIV initiative

Naomi Campbell helps launch Lesotho HIV initiative

The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, this week unveiled a new tool to better manage HIV and health programming in the small southern African kingdom – one that’s getting a little star-power energy from activist Naomi Campbell. The Lesotho HIV and health “situation room” platform shows real-time service delivery…

Research in Kenya leads to promising HIV prevention tool

Scientists with a new tool for preventing HIV infection say they developed the idea after studying the health of sex workers in Kenya – and what they learned may benefit other women. Canadian scientists Emmanuel Ho of the University of Waterloo and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba noticed…

African groups sign Global Fund protest letter on Heineken partners

African health advocacy organizations have joined in a global campaign against the Heineken beverage company’s new partnership with The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Dutch company’s announcement came during the World Economic Forum in Davos, as Heineken promised to share its expertise in logistics and supply…

Tuberculosis remains top cause of death in SA

Tuberculosis maintained its rank as the leading cause of death in South Africa in 2015, even as the number of deaths attributable to noncommunicable diseases – notably, diabetes – continued to rise. That’s according to the just-released statistical report issued by the government’s Statistics South Africa agency. Tuberculosis was the…

New African Union CDC health operations center is open for business

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was officially open for business on Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the conclusion of this week’s African Union summit. The ceremony celebrated a state-of-the-art Emergency Operating Center in Addis Ababa designed to support early warning and response systems, deliver technical expertise…

Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to begin using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for health care and other humanitarian needs. “Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” said Jappie Mhango, the Minister for Transportation…