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African Leaders & United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Importance of Health for Development

Treating Malaria in AfricaMalaria showcased as exemplary health investment for greater developmentat side event hosted by the African Union Commission and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership 

(3 April 2014, Brussels) African leaders and Heads of State, gathered for the 4th EU-Africa Summit in Brussels just days before World Health Day (7 April), highlighted the importance of health for  Africa’s  development. At a side-event hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Speakers, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and several African Heads of State, called for health to remain prominent  on the development agenda to meet the  2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for the foreseeable future . 

Court orders Botswana government to provide HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners

HIV MedicinesGaborone, 18 MarchIn another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners. 

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV – leading to a significant deterioration in their health. Non-citizen prisoners were expected to pay for HIV treatment themselves. 

UNICEF: Malawi’s Option B+ programme is helping to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Kasungu, rural Malawi. Prior to the implementation of Option B+, many rural health centres lacked the tools to test women rapidly for HIV, and access to treatment was severely limited for women living with the virus.KASUNGU, Malawi – To see the promise of an AIDS-free generation drawing closer, look no further than Lexina Lungu. When we last left the Lungus, she was 36 weeks pregnant and attending her regular antenatal check-up. She had earlier learned that she was HIV-positive, as was her husband. The couple were expecting a baby girl.

The couple were concerned about their child. Women can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

Chiefs Lukwa and Nthwalo bemoan K300m lost through unsafe abortions

Chief NthwaloBLANTYRE, December 5, 2013 (MaraPost)—Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu and Senior Chief Nthwalo of Mzimba have bemoaned the slow progress in reviewing Malawi’s anti-abortion laws.

According to the chiefs, medical evidence indicates that hundreds of women and girls die and suffer multiple complications as a result of undergoing unsafe abortions.

A 2010 ministry of health study on abortion in Malawi also indicate that 70 000 Malawian women have abortion every year.

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Bill Gates: Where to put the smart money to end AIDS

Bill GatesA decade ago, over 1 million people in Zambia were living with HIV. Only 143 of them were receiving treatment. The average cost of that treatment was more than $10,000 per year. Being infected with HIV in Zambia was akin to a death sentence.

When I visited Zambia in 2012, the picture had changed. Eighty percent of Zambians living with HIV now had access to treatment. I met Florence Daka, a mother of four, who received anti-retroviral treatment five years ago to prevent her from passing the virus to her baby while she was pregnant. Florence now takes medicine that allows her to work full time and care for her children. It costs about 50 cents per day.

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