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[Treatment literacy guides]


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i-Base produce a range of materials relating to HIV/AIDS and treatment literacy. One example is a small handbook based on the i-Based Introduction to Combination Therapy that focuses on the four main recommendations in the latest WHO treatment guidelines. It also comments on how HIV is treated in different countries and is designed to be adapted for different settings. Several countries such as Uganda, Slovakia and Russia have already produced their own adapted versions. Titles include:
Introduction to combination therapy
Avoiding & managing side effects
Changing treatment
HIV, pregnancy & women's health
Generic treatment booklet

[Treatment literacy materials]


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The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) campaigns for greater access to HIV treatment for all South Africans, by raising public awareness and understanding about issues surrounding the availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments. It recognises the importance of treatment literacy and has produced a series of booklets, posters and factsheets on treatment aiming to encourage treatment literacy in the general population. A TAC publication "HIV in our lives" is a book of information sheets for clinics. There are opportunistic infections posters available in five different languages, nutrition fact sheets and short guides on a range of treatment issues such as treating opportunistic infections, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS, mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and TB and HIV/AIDS. They can be found on the treatment literacy section of their website

[ARV treatment fact sheets]


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The Alliance is developing a set of fact sheets and participatory tools to support community engagement for antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. The aim is to provide NGO/CBO staff with tools and information to support people living with HIV and AIDS and their communities on ARV treatment. They are based on experience in supporting treatment programmes in several countries. Titles include
Fact sheet 01: HIV/AIDS and treatment
Fact sheet 02: ARV treatment
Fact Sheet 03: Counselling and testing
Fact sheet 04: Adherence
Fact sheet 05: Side effects
Fact sheet 06: Side effects detailed
Fact sheet 08: Food for people on treatment
Fact sheet 12: Stigma
Fact sheet 13: Living with a chronic condition
Fact sheet 18: Symptom control

[ARV treatment fact sheets]


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Family Health International has a series of comprehensive factsheets which offer information on many aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment and mitigation. In relation to care and treatment, titles include:
Care and support for HIV/AIDS: Building capacity
Safe and effective introduction of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs
Nutrition in comprehensive HIV care, treatment and support programmes
Treatment and Care Initiative

Two pills a day saving lives : fixed-dose combinations (FDCS) of antiretroviral drugs

February 2004

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As antiretroviral treatment is becoming more available, its full potential can be realised only through a simplification and standardisation of treatment protocols. This briefing describes the benefits of fixed-dose combinations (FDCs), which are also recommended in the World Health Organization's treatment guidelines. Among the advantages the document mentions easiness of use, reduced risk of drug resistance, competitive prices and reduced pressure on supply chain

Treating HIV & AIDS : a training toolkit


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This training toolkit is designed to provide basic training on HIV treatment and care for health care workers in resource-limited settings, to support the safe and effective introduction of antiretroviral therapy

Improving the quality of malaria diagnosis and laboratory services in resource-poor countries

DUNN, Alison

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This policy brief is concerned with improving laboratory services and promoting accurate diagnosis of malaria at community level. Such measures would both save lives and prevent wastage of valuable resources. Increasing levels of resistance to cheap, first-line antimalarials means that many poor countries must promote new, more expensive treatment in the form of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACTs). The need for improved diagnostic tools that can be used at community level has never been greater. Since 1999, the Malaria Knowledge Programme (MKP) has been working in Malawi and Ghana to increase the effectiveness of laboratory systems and diagnostics for malaria and other common health problems

Guidelines for anti-retroviral therapy

April 2003

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic affects directly more than 200,000 Namibians. The Ministry of Health and Social Services is mounting an antiretroviral therapy programme to extend access to drug therapy, reduce AIDS mortality rates, improve HIV-positive people's quality of life and produce savings to the health care system. These guidelines aim to assist health practitioners in the implementation of the programme. It identifies standards and best practices for the administration of anti-retroviral drugs to adults, pregnant women and children, and provides essential medical information on ART and treatment options

Act now to get malaria treament that works to Africa

COX, Ingrid
MAYBAUM, Jennifer
April 2003

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This report calls on international donors to join with African countries in implemeting World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the treatment of malaria. WHO recommends that African countries facing resistance to classical antimalarials introduce drug combinations containing artemisinin derivatives - artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). This report defines the malaria problem, looks at what works in malaria treatment and outlines what needs to be done to make ACT work in reality



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