All Blog Posts Tagged 'HIV' (30)

Show the world how much we care!

Hi all supporters,

Think Positive Association is inviting you today to join its mission to fight HIV/AIDS, STDs & Drug Use in addition to support People Living with HIV, People who use drugs and raise the voice of Most at Risk Populations by hitting "Like" on its official page & inviting your friends to have their say: …


Added by Hassan Cherry on September 11, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Interested Knowing Your Status?

Within its campaign "Participate. Raise Awareness in South Lebanon", Think Positive offers confidential, anonymous & free HIV…


Added by Hassan Cherry on September 2, 2015 at 5:47am — No Comments

TechChange Alumnus Launches mHealth App to Correctly Prescribe Antiretrovirals for HIV

Treating HIV with antriretroviral treatment (ARV) medication can be very challenging, given how complicated it can be to dispense these pills correctly. To help clinicians to correctly prescribe antiretrovirals, Dr. Musaed Abrahams, an alumnus of our …


Added by TechChange on November 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

World AIDS Day 2013: No time for complacency

Sitting in conversation with Professor Sharon Lewin in Bangkok, it is difficult not to be stunned into silence by her encyclopaedic knowledge of HIV. Lewin is a basic scientist, physician and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University and Co-Chair of the international AIDS conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne next year.

She also spearheads the ‘Towards an HIV Cure project’, an initiative of the International AIDS Society (IAS) which advocates a…


Added by Dr Sima Barmania BMdsci MBBS MPH on December 1, 2013 at 2:49am — No Comments

Want me to listen? Tell me a story.

If you've ever had any doubts that international aid or global health is a business, then one visit to an International AIDS Conference will clear them away. Between the free frozen yogurt from big pharma and bookend speeches from the Clintons, it was hard to ignore what a "sexy" disease HIV was last week in Washington D.C.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

“Emotional and social well-being is not an afterthought”

This week I attended the XIX International AIDS Conference on behalf of REPSSI (The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative.) Based in Johannesburg, REPSSI trains "front-line" service providers on children's emotional and social well-being and works with governments and NGOs to develop child-friendly policy frameworks in 13 countries in southern & eastern Africa. There are at least 1,994 project sites where REPSSI approaches are being applied and…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 28, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments

Why are the flags at half-mast?

As we drove past the White House and the Lincoln Memorial on Constitution Avenue yesterday, Tapfuma and Lynette noticed the flags at half-mast.

“It must be because of the tragedy,” our conversation began.

Flags in Washington D.C. are honoring the 12 people killed in a shooting in Aurora, Colorado on the day REPSSI staff arrived in the U.S.

“What causes…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 26, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The Real Experts

This post on behalf of REPSSI originally appeared on A View from the Cave.

The first and most challenging exercise of the day when I took a seminar from The OpEd Project required me to fill in the following blanks and share with the group:

Hello, my name…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

A Rising Tide: The Invisible Grassroots “Movement” for Children in Africa

This is a guest post by Jennifer Lentfer of on the REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) blog.

Growing up, my family life was not easy. My father drank and it weighed heavily on my mother, who did her best to maintain as much normalcy for me and my brothers as possible. Looking back, our home’s “culture of silence” was often the…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 10, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Bottlenecks and Dripfeeds: How much has changed?

At the upcoming XIX International AIDS Conference here in Washington D.C., I'll be joining REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) as they celebrate their decade-long work to lessen the devastating social and emotional (psychosocial) impact of poverty, conflict, HIV and AIDS among children and youth across East and…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 5, 2012 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

United World for HIV/AIDS and STIs-World AIDS Forum

Dear friends, 

We have formed a page on Facebook as an outreach effort to create a global forum of scholars and like-minded people who think about one of the biggest pandemics of 21st century i.e. HIV/AIDS. This is a Forum for Networking and  Collaboration for sharing of increasing frontiers of Knowledge in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, LGBTQI, Women and Children and Risk, and overall Public health concerns in the…


Added by Maheswar Satpathy on June 23, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

“With the available resources we had…”

Understanding the organizational dynamics of local, indigenous, community-based groups directly serving vulnerable families is vastly different from the project-based, accountability-by-paper world of the aid industry. While those in the aid system may acknowledge local groups’ resourcefulness in mobilizing local resources, their language and cultural competencies, and responsiveness to communities’ needs, there are challenges in working with local groups that many organizations are not up…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Don’t change the message. Change the messenger.

Weh Yeoh of argues that everything that we do in international development is about selling a message. But how do we convince people when a message goes against the grain of what they already believe?

Read on at:…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 7, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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RWANDA: Defying History

Rwanda’s Women Remake a Nation

It’s been 17 years since more than 500,000 Rwandans were killed in the horrific genocide of 1994. Today, this tiny East African nation has become a…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on January 2, 2012 at 5:17am — No Comments

Real Impact with Saeed Wame

I always walk away from a conversation with Saeed Wame, founder and director of Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) of Malawi, with a new understanding. Whether he be blowing my concept of “capacity” wide open, or offering a completely new definition of volunteer, Saeed is the sort of community leader whose wisdom and…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 25, 2011 at 7:58am — No Comments

Unsafe Healthcare: When It's Impolite Not to Talk About Sex

The New York Times reviews Dr Jacques Pepin's 'The Origins of Aids', which aims to shed light on how rapidly expanding twentieth century public health campaigns may have been responsible for the spread of HIV and other blood-borne diseases in French and Colonial colonies from the 1920s onwards. Patients on such programs could get up to 300 injections in a lifetime. As a precedent, a schistosomiasis (bilharzia)…


Added by Simon Collery on October 22, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Resolved: We Must Stop Ignoring Bloodborne HIV in Africa

Why do so many HIV-positive children in Africa have HIV-negative mothers? For example, approximately 30% of HIV-positive kids aged 0-11 years have HIV-negative mothers in Mozambique (see pp. 177-181 in:

Why are so many virgin men and women found with HIV? In the Republic of Congo, for example,…


Added by Simon Collery on October 12, 2011 at 9:48am — No Comments

The Deadly Arrogance Behind Trials of HIV Prevention Interventions

In a review of randomized controlled trials for HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Africa, Dr David Gisselquist finds the HIV community somewhat wanting when it comes to tracing the source of infections, asking questions about non-sexual as well as sexual risks and failing to report findings that don't support the prevailing orthodoxy.

As Gisselquist points out, HIV is…


Added by Simon Collery on October 11, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

History of Blood Transfusions and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

Did contaminated blood transfusions make a significant contribution to the HIV pandemic? In wealthy countries, the answer is clearly ‘yes’, blood transfusions and use of blood products was already very common when HIV was identified. Until the role of these procedures in HIV transmission was recognized, many people were infected with HIV nosocomially.


But could blood transfusions have made such a contribution to the most serious HIV epidemics in the world? Often, it is said…


Added by Simon Collery on September 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Waiting for Pennies from Heaven

In honor of this week's Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting, I'm reposting this from early October last year. The issues remain the same; the fundraising resources for local organizations still needed.

“Is a trickle of that money ever going to reach us?”…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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