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International perspectives on spinal cord injury

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This report assembles and summarizes information on spinal cord injury, in particular the epidemiology, services, interventions and policies that are relevant, together with the lived experience of people with spinal cord injury. It also provides recommendations for actions based on this evidence that are consistent with the aspirations for people with disabilities as expressed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UNHCR mental health and psychosocial support for persons of concern

MEYER, Sarah

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"This evaluation reports on how well the United Nations High Commission for Refugees considers and provides for the well-being and mental health of persons of concern to the agency. Through a survey of UNHCR field staff, extensive literature and policy review, and key informant interviews with MHPSS experts from academic institutions, international agencies and non-governmental organizations, this review provides insight into how UNHCR’s current activities contribute towards improved mental health and psychosocial well-being of displaced persons and how UNHCR’s current policy frameworks relate to established practices and frameworks in the MHPSS field"

Facilitating HIV testing and disclosure with children and adolescents

June 2009

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This report looks at the challenges in facilitating testing and disclosure for children in 0-6, 7-14 and 15-18 age groups. The report is based on operations research conducted by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Andhra Pradesh and Manipur. This operations research was aimed at understanding current challenges with facilitating testing and disclosure for children, and to provide possible short to medium term solutions. Three broad objectives of the study were: * Identifying challenges and factors that prevent the community from seeking HIV testing of their children * Understanding issues related to disclosure of HIV status to children, and the social impact related to disclosure faced by parents and children * Using the study findings in formulating practical solutions to address these issues, and to come up with practical recommendations on building links between policy and practice

Expanding pediatric access to antiretroviral therapy in South Africa

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August 2006

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This paper presents the results of a rapid situational analysis of the antiretroviral (ARV) rollout in South Africa which found that several ARV programmes are treating children successfully. However, all the institutions surveyed identified a large number of concerns and challenges that need to be overcome in order to improve care for children living with HIV. Key actions required include early identification of HIV-infected children, effective referral, standardised training in pediatric HIV management for health professionals, and increased community awareness and support

Strengthening systems to support children's healthy development in communities affected by HIV/AIDS : a review


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This document reviews the literature and practice around the support provided to children affected by HIV and AIDS. It considers the impacts of HIV/AIDS on children and reviews the responses to children in communities affected by HIV/AIDS. It also looks at psychosocial interventions aimed at fostering psychosocial well-being, and analyses the shortcomings of these approaches. The document also considers the role played by the health sector, outlining health sector's responses to children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and focusing on systemic approaches to promote children's healthy development and the continuum of care

Strengthening STI treatment and HIV prevention services in Carletonville, South Africa

SEARLE, Catherine
VAN DAM, Johannes
October 2004

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This is the summary of an intervention study to examine the social determinants of the HIV epidemic and to assess the impact of a targeted programme of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and service delivery. The study took place in the in the Carletonville area of South Africa which is characterised by significant poverty and unemployment, the presence of sex work, high rates of STIs, and where there are many migrant mine workers

HIV/AIDS and children affected by armed conflict


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This publication addresses the issue of how to incorporate HIV prevention and care into routine responses to complex humanitarian emergencies. It considers evidence that conflict facilitates the spread of HIV and also inhibits responses to HIV/AIDS. It reviews interventions carried out at international and national levels by UNICEF, other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. Lessons learned are discussed and recommendations are given for UNICEF’s role in reducing the spread of HIV in situations of armed conflict


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