Malawi and the United Nations (UN) have signed a five-year joint program worth over $14million to enhance the application of HIV/AIDS critical enablers in the national response from 2012 to 2016.
Some observers on Thursday in Gaborone expressed disapproval over a Public Health Bill being discussed in Parliament terming some of its provisions "counter-productive, discriminatory, unconstitutional and barbaric" towards people living with HIV/AIDS. How People Arrived Here: botswana health bill
The Global Fund, a consortium of international donor agencies and western countries has given Zambia a grant of 500 billion Zambian Kwacha (US$103 million) to be used in the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Global Fund has approved and signed a new grant agreement worth US$208 million (about K58.7 billion) for the Malawi National Aids Commission (NAC) to be used for the purchase of Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs), the promotion of behavioral change, and strengthening the health system among others.
PRINT EMAIL SHARETHAILAND: Ambivalent about needle exchangesPhoto: Fragkiska Megaloudi/ IRINA drug user in Thailand since the age of 19 at a local drop-in centreBANGKOK, 31 July 2012 (IRIN) – Needle exchanges for injecting drug users and the decriminalization of people who use drugs are the most effective ways of preventing HIV and hepatitis C infections in Thailand, say experts. “When users do not have access to sterile injecting equipment they will share needles, [and] that will lead to HIV transmission as well as to hepatitis C,” said Pascal Tanguay, programme director in the Thailand office of the international NGO, Population Services International (PSI). Providing free clean needles and syringes has proven to be the safest and most effective way to prevent new infections among injecting drug users (IDUs)
PRINT EMAIL SHAREMALAWI: Where Is HIV/AIDS on Banda’s to-do list?Photo: Geoff Crawford/Department for International DevelopmentRolling up her sleevesJOHANNESBURG, 6 June 2012 (PlusNews) – Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, has inherited an unenviable to-do list from former president Bingu wa Mutharika, and AIDS activists are hoping that bolstering the donor-dependent AIDS response will be one of her most urgent priorities. A lot is at stake. An estimated 10 percent of the adult population is HIV-positive, with about 70,000 Malawians newly infected with HIV every year