Breast-feeding to reduce infant mortality

  • 16 September 2014 | The New Age - Western Cape news | Category: In the news, PMTCT, child mortality, exclusive breastfeeding policy, maternal & child death

City clinics are geared to embrace the mother and baby-friendly initiative.

City Health is on course to implement a breast-feeding restoration plan, with the aim of becoming more “baby friendly”.

The plan will be discussed in greater detail during a workshop at the end of this month.

The city of Cape Town’s health directorate is involved in a process to ensure that all of its facilities become “mother and baby friendly”.

The initiative is a worldwide project aimed at reducing infant deaths.

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Global female condom day

  • 15 September 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, female condom

Tomorrow is Global Female Condom Day and Wits University will join sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates around the world in a campaign called Dance4Demand.

The female condom is the only HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy-prevention option that is women-initiated.

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Man ordered to stop spreading HIV

  • 15 September 2014 | The New Age - 20 in 20 | Category: In the news, HIV and the law, criminalising HIV transmission

A Seattle judge has ordered a HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and to seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years, reports

The man, known only as AO, is required to show up for counselling and to protect future sexual partners.

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Undertaker gave girlfriend HIV

  • 12 September 2014 | The New Age - 20 in 20 | Category: In the news, HIV and the law, Women and HIV, criminalising HIV transmission

A mother of three who was infected with HIV by her boyfriend has gone public to reveal how he has ruined her life, reports.

Kara Wilkinson, 42, had a relationship with undertaker Alan Mason, 45, not realising that he knew that he had been diagnosed HIV-positive three years earlier.

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Healthworkers shafted by SA's policy shambles

  • 12 September 2014 | Mail & Guardian | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, Prevention and treatment, government, policy

if you’re one of the health department’s new “ward-based” community healthworkers, who all undergo the same training, have the same job title and work the same hours, your monthly stipend will be R1000 in Mpumalanga, R1500 in the Northwest and R2263 in Gauteng.

In the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Northwest and KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll be paid directly by the health department, which would eliminate “dry seasons” or payment interruptions because you will have been uploaded on the department’s automatic payroll.

But in the Free state, Limpopo and the Northern Cape, you’ll be employed and paid by a nonprofit organisation contracted by the local government.

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Newton Fund helps SA scientists

  • 11 September 2014 | The New Age - Western Cape news | Category: In the news, TB and HIV, research

The Newton Fund will provide the opportunity for South African scientists to partner with their British counterparts to work together to solve health problems in the country.

The fund is a close partnership forged between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

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Bring back the condom

  • 10 September 2014 | BONA Magazine | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, condoms

It is estimated that in 2012, 12.2% of South Africa’s population or 6.4 million people from a population of 50 million, were HIV positive.

This is the highest in the world, with 1.2 million more HIV-infected people in 2008 (10.6%, or 5.2 million), according to a recent survey done by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

One of the potential reasons for the increase in HIV infections is the fact that condom usage has declined.

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says “condom fatigue” is to blame.

But what exactly is condom fatigue, which is also know as “prevention fatigue”?

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Nothing sweet about 'sugar daddies'

  • 10 September 2014 | True Love | Category: In the news, Children and teens, Women and HIV, Sugar daddies

You only have to search the term “sugar daddy” on the Net and a slew of sites pop up, advertising both young women looking for a sugar daddy and sugar daddies looking for young women.

With names like or, young woman are encouraged with seductive promises such as: “Are you looking to meet a sugar daddy in South Africa? Register today and provide yourself a better life by joining our dating website.”

And then, of course, there are sites where young women brazenly look for sugar daddies.

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Aids bickering is not helpful

  • 9 September 2014 | The Citizen - Editorial | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, helen zille

More than a decade after Thabo Mbeki was pilloried for his Aids views, DA leader Helen Zille is facing criticism for writing on the subject.

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Maidens miffed over lack of private bathing facilities

  • 8 September 2014 | The Star | Category: In the news, Women and HIV, king goodwill zwelithini, Zulu Reed Dance

King Goodwill Zwelithini has made an impassioned plea to the international community to invest in growing the Zulu Reed Dance and promoting it as a global cultural event.

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