Monday, 13 September 2010 06:15

KENYA: Provide Treatment for Children in Pain

 

Kenyan children in acute and chronic pain suffer needlessly because of government policies that restrict access to inexpensive pain medicines, a lack of investment in palliative care services, and inadequately trained health workers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Thursday, 09 September 2010 06:31

KENYA: Kicking HIV out of Nairobi's slums

 

On a dusty football field in Mathare, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, young boys chase a rough, home-made ball. Their coach, Elias Mwangi, 21, a former drug addict, hopes football will not only keep the boys away from crime but motivate them to avoid behaviours that put them at risk of HIV.

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The Chairman, Senate House Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello, has attributed the partial spread of HIV/AIDS to female genital mutilation(FGM) especially when its done in group of girls.

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In the poor, drought-stricken community of Kangcamphalala, AIDS orphan Nomvula Dladla* is in tears. The 17-year-old has been told that her aunt, the only surviving relative she could live with, passed away a few hours ago of an HIV-related illness. And if she had been living anywhere else in the country, it would have made Dladla destitute.

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The Aids war received a major boost on Monday after traditional circumcisers were ordered to use one knife per child.

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At a church compound in Nairobi's Mathare slum, women and their children line up for food rations. Among them is Zipporah Mueni, an HIV-positive mother of five.

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Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:23

SOUTH AFRICA: Reduce Child Deaths

 

Huge strides could be made towards reducing child deaths in South Africa by following the example of those who fought for the rights of people living with HIV.

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About half the babies exposed to HIV may not be getting the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs they need to be born HIV-free and stay that way, say the findings of a four-country study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Nine-year-old Nomasonto* had no choice but to switch roles with her mother and care for the HIV-positive woman who gave birth to her. Instead of worrying about homework and going out to play with her friends, Nomasonto's daily concerns were now a matter of life and death.

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The majority of countries in sub-Saharan Africa rely on foreign funding to run their national AIDS programmes. But this over-reliance on donor agencies is now proving unsustainable as funders are freezing or reducing their support. Thus, local governments are now required to look no further than inward to save their own.

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