Health & Nutrition

Growing old with HIV

WASHINGTON DC, 26 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - It's hard enough dealing with the aches and pains that usually come with getting older, but when you're HIV-positive, ageing brings more chronic illnesses and even more medication; many health systems are not ready to cope with this relatively new phenomenon. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Mother-to-child HIV transmission still falling

WASHINGTON DC, 23 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa has charted a significant decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission for the second consecutive year, with new data showing that just 2.7 percent of babies born to HIV-positive mums contracted the virus at six weeks of age, compared to 8 percent in 2008. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: National Health Insurance falls short on health workers

CAPE TOWN, 11 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - As South Africa moves towards universal healthcare, health policy experts warn that the country has grossly underestimated the number of health workers it will need to ensure access to health services for everyone. full report

UGANDA: New LGBTI clinic faces fierce government criticism

KAMPALA, 11 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Gay rights activists have opened Uganda's first clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the capital, Kampala, where it will provide testing, counselling and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. full report

UGANDA: A timeline of events affecting LGBTI

NAIROBI, 11 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda has made international headlines in recent years for its strong anti-homosexuality stance, but health experts have warned that more must be done to include LGBTI in HIV prevention services. IRIN has put together a short timeline of key events in the struggle for their inclusion. full report

UGANDA: MDR-TB treatment kicks off

KAMPALA, 3 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda's Health Ministry has begun rolling out its first treatment programme for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and expects to treat some 250 confirmed cases of the disease. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: First nurses trained to initiate MDR-TB treatment

DURBAN, 19 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa will increasingly move towards nurse-initiated treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the next five years, and a programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, which has a high HIV/TB burden, is already training nurses to manage MDR-TB patients. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons

DURBAN, 19 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Tuberculosis (TB) rates in South Africa's prisons could be cut by up to 94 percent if the country reduced overcrowded conditions in cells and implemented active TB case finding, according to research presented at the recent South African TB Conference. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Decentralizing care and treatment for drug-resistant TB

DURBAN, 14 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa’s move to decentralize the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) has given rise to a crop of nurses equipped not only to initiate patients on HIV treatment, but also to prescribe for and monitor drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients. However, experts and government officials say the need for specialist physicians and hospitals will continue, based on research presented at the South African TB conference in the port city of Durban. full report

HEALTH: The TB activist agenda

DURBAN, 14 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - TB activists have a lot on their plates - whether it’s affordable access to the latest tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, or pushing for more paediatric formulations. IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at the top three issues. full report
Other OCHA Sites
United Nations - OCHA
DFID - UK Department for International Development
Irish Aid
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - SDC