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Scaling up access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support: the next steps

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
2006

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This is a review of country and regional consultations undertaken by UNAIDS, following the United Nations' Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS in June 2006. It explores barriers to UNAIDS' commitment to ensure universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention programmes, treatment, care and support by 2010; and it identifies the next steps that need to be taken for this to become a reality. The key messages are the need for: supportive and protective legislation and programmes to ensure the rights of people living with HIV, women and most-at-risk populations; predictable and sustainable funding for all credible AIDS plans; more trained health care professionals and improved health care systems; and affordable medication, testing and prevention programmes. The review also examines the role of civil society and of faith-based organisations in supporting people with HIV through treatment compliance, prevention, support, care and reducing stigma. It recommends that the high level of response should continue, that targets need to be set and accountability mechanisms improved

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

HIV and AIDS treatment and care policy

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
2004

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This UK government policy was launched in 2004. It outlines UK support for efforts to provide increased access to treatment and care for people living with HIV, including those who are most vulnerable and marginalised. As well as looking at strategies to increase supply and funding of drugs, the policy outlines the need to strengthen health services, link prevention and care, and increase donor coordination

Act now to get malaria treament that works to Africa

COX, Ingrid
HAKAGONGAS, Laura
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

Effectiveness of two gender sensitisation strategies in RNTCP : a comparative study in Orissa

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
2002

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This paper describes a research project which aimed to assess the relative effectiveness of two gender sensitisation strategies for health providers involved in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). The report analyses the two approaches in terms of their delivery of treatment and in terms of cost effectiveness. Its conclusions include: the need to emphasise poverty issues alongside gender issues and a suggestion to use mass media as well as targetted training. The report also calls for more longitudinal research

The world health report 2001. Mental health : new understanding, new hope

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
October 2001

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This report raises awareness of the global burden of mental and neurological disorders, and its cost in human, social and economic terms. It also aims to dismantle the barriers which prevent millions of sufferers of mental and neurological disorders from receiving the treatment they need and deserve. The report describes how mental health problems can be solved (eg. by drug therapy, psycho-social rehabilitation and psychotherapy, vocational rehabilitation, housing), and gives examples of the effectiveness of these treatments for a wide range of mental disorders

Internet Mental Health

LONG, Phillip W

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This website includes information on a wide range of mental illnesses and treatments, plus research, a magazine and links to other websites. It also hosts email discussion groups on mental health issues such as depression and schizophrenia

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