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16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

15 Dec 2014 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?

  • How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?

  • How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?

  • What role can drug shops play in family planning?

  • How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?

15 Dec 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV.

Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

Fast Facts

  • In Zambia, 63 % of adults starting ART are women.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

04 Dec 2014 description

Faits saillants

  • Plus de 2 000 cas de violences basées sur le genre rapportés depuis janvier dans la province.

  • Plus de 12 000 personnes déplacées du Nord-Kivu ont trouvé refuge dans la zone de Tchabi.

  • Lutte contre le VIH/sida : la zone d’Aru constamment en rupture de stocks des ARV.

Contexte général

02 Dec 2014 description

President Yoweri Museveni has said government will fund AIDS treatment for its people with or without foreign aid even if it means diverting money meant for the roads to the cause.

“We shall fund our AIDS treatment with or without foreign aid. This should not waste our time and become a song like circumcision. Even if this means that we shall not fund some of our roads to do this,” he said. He was responding to claims that there was a funding gap for AIDS treatment.

02 Dec 2014 description

Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.

01 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Okapi

Environ 256 personnes vivant avec le VIH (PVV) dans le territoire d’Aru, en Ituri (Province Orientale), sont soignées aux médicaments antirétroviraux dans le district ougandais d’Arua. L’Institut panafricain de santé communautaire (IPSC) a livré cette information, à Bunia, chef-lieu de l’Ituri, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale contre le Sida, célébrée le 1er décembre de chaque année.

Selon cette structure, ces Congolais sont obligés de franchir la frontière pour accéder aux antirétroviraux dans ce district voisin d’Arua en Ouganda.

01 Dec 2014 description
report UNAIDS

When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.

01 Dec 2014 description
report Amref Health Africa

Closing the Gap: Amref Health Africa calls for joint action to reduce maternal deaths related to HIV/AIDS

As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, countries are focusing their efforts on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDG 6 calls for global efforts to halt and begin to reverse the HIV/AIDS.

30 Nov 2014 description
report New Vision

More than 30 years after HIV/ AIDS was first detected in Uganda, risky sexual behaviours are still rampant, threatening to increase HIV infections again. As the world marks the World AIDS Day on Monday – December 1 – New Vision highlights some of the trouble spots, with particular emphasis on the trade routes used by long-distance truck drivers. Bonney Odongo and Frederick Turyakira explore the northern and western routes.

In Gulu Industrial Area, Lacor trading centre and Atiak at the Uganda-South Sudan border are the hotspots for commercial sex trade.

28 Nov 2014 description

This World AIDS Day (1 December 2014) we are warning of the urgent need to prioritise HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, particularly in the global south where they are slipping through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.

27 Nov 2014 description

Weekly
November 28, 2014 / 63(47);1104-1107

E. Kainne Dokubo, MD1, Annabel Baddeley, MPH2, Ishani Pathmanathan, MD1, William Coggin, MSA3, Jacqueline Firth, MD4, Haileyesus Getahun, MD, PhD2, Jonathan Kaplan, MD1, Anand Date, MD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sam Olukoya

LAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.

“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told IPS.

25 Nov 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

An uncoordinated response to HIV/Aids and lack of sustained care are the reasons the prevalence rates remain high among fishing communities in Uganda.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.