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[Treatment literacy materials]

TREATMENT ACCESS CAMPAIGN (TAC)
2006

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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

Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) information kit

AIDS RESOURCE CENTRE
2005

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This infopack includes five inserts, which provide background information on antiretroviral therapy (what it is, challenges to implementing safe and effective antiretroviral programmes); antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Ethiopia, including details of where ART is available and eligibility for treatment; general health indicators for Ethiopia, including demography and health service statistics; a statement on the impact of HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia, from societal to community and individual level; and a glossary of words related to HIV and AIDS treatment

Antiretroviral therapy in primary health care : experience of the Chiradzulu programme in Malawi. Case study

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF) MALAWI
July 2004

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The Chiradzulu programme is one of MSF's largest. MSF currently provides HAART to more than 13,000 patients in 56 projects spread across 25 countries. These programmes provide a continuum of care, including prevention efforts (health education, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV), voluntary counselling and testing, prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections, HAART and nutritional and psychosocial support. Although the Chiradzulu project is still evolving, and treatment systems and point of care continue to be modified, the project has already shown that when treatment is adapted to local conditions and is supported by human and financial resources, rural health systems can effectively provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care

Health South Africa : efforts to ARV for kids are still in their infancy

NDURU, Moyiga
May 2004

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An interesting article noting the challenges of supplying the medicines to HIV positive children who have received little attention. Early in 2004 the South African national programme to provide anti-retrovirals (ARVs) became operational. There is now hope that this will bring opportunities for under 14 year olds including very young children to gain more access to the drugs. The government is seeking to treat over 50,000 people per year under the ARV programme. In private clinics it costs almost US$93 to put a child on ARV for one month although this has halved since two years ago. Doctors and health officials are debating about what age is right for a child to start ARV treatment although theoretically it can start as soon as it is born. Doctors Without Borders advises that treatment should start as soon as a child is discovered to be HIV positive so that the immune system is bolstered

Access to care : challenges [whole issue]

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORKS (HDN)
2004

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This report is intended as a tangible record of the 13th ICASA (International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa) conference: what was said, by whom and when. The report summarizes the highlights, beginning with the conference's history and moves on to themes and objectives. It presents the main issues emerging from the conference through the eyes of the rapporteur teams, key correspondents and selected participants. The focus then shifts to a brief description of the on-site newspaper Pamoja News and the skills building sessions, and finally, the rapporteurs' presentations. By documenting the proceedings of the 13th ICASA it is hoped that the momentum in collective struggle against HIV/AIDS will be maintained, through ongoing strategies of partnership, stakeholder collaboration, and cross and multi-sectoral approaches

Care for children infected and those affected by HIV/AIDS; a handbook for community health workers

SAVE THE CHILDREN UK
2003

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This handbook aims to contribute towards improving the provision of care and support to children infected by or affected by HIV/AIDS. It aims to provide basic information on HIV/AIDS, and to assist carers in providing home-based care and counselling. Subjects covered in the handbook include basic facts about HIV, HIV counselling and testing, nutrition, hygiene, nursing care for children (including on specific opportunistic infections), and the emotional health of children with guidance on how children cope with bereavement. Practical suggestions are also made on improving communication with children

Counselling guidelines on survival skills for people living with HIV

SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIDS TRAINING PROGRAMME (SAT)
2001

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This booklet advises counsellors on how to discuss survival skills with clients considering an HIV test and those living with HIV. Knowledge of suvival skills helps people accept a positive result, and following the positive living practices described helps people living with HIV to stay healthy. The booklet also addresses the counsellor's self-awareness and potential biases, and support services for counsellors

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