Where do you get your news in human resources for health? Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading over the past month and what you might want to check out too!
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- To End the HIV Epidemic, Focus on Sexual Violence Prevention (Council on Foreign Relations, July 17)
The data show that girls make up almost three quarters of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly 1,000 adolescent girls and young women infected with HIV every day.
The report finds that efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have stalled, in part, because international funding for AIDS has begun to decline.
- I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and I’m still around (Al Jazeera, July 22)
I was given an AIDS diagnosis and a death sentence, just six months to live, after a doctor examined me and assumed that (because I disclosed my sexual orientation) I had to have AIDS.
- Desperate Venezuela HIV patients, unable to get life-saving drugs, try DIY remedies (Miami Herald, July 23)
When Jesus Eduardo Rodriguez could no longer find his life-saving HIV medicine in Venezuela, a country where everything from chicken to aspirin is in short supply, he turned to Google about a month ago looking for hope.
- In Rohingya camps, traditional healers fill a gap in helping refugees overcome trauma (IRIN, July 30)
When doctors and Western medicine couldn’t help him, Abdul Amin turned to a last resort in his own community: a religious healer in Bangladesh’s sprawling Rohingya refugee camps.
- The simple post-birth step that dramatically increases babies’ chances of survival (Quartz, July 31)
Research has shown that in countries with poor water quality, early breastfeeding leads to lower infant mortality rates. But in 2017 alone, about 78 million babies were not breastfed within the first hour of life, most of them born in low- and middle-income countries.
- Dengue fever outbreak halted by release of special mosquitoes (The Guardian, August 1)
Insects unable to transmit viruses halted disease in Australian city – now scientists hope same technique could help tackle Zika and malaria.
- The Latest Ebola Outbreak is Centered in a War Zone (The New York Times, August 2)
A cluster of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo — just one week after it declared an end to an outbreak on the other side of the country — is especially worrying because the new infections are in a war zone.
- FEATURE – DIY tests for HIV beat stigma in Zimbabwe’s fight against AIDS (Reuters, August 6)
“Being HIV-positive is not a death sentence after all – I know now. Nobody can tell that I have HIV because I look healthy,” Msipa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Msipa said her decision to use a self-testing kit had influenced other women she works with to follow her example.
- Scourge of superbugs killing Malawi’s babies (CNN, August 8)
According to Kawaza, 20% to 40% of infections his team diagnoses are now resistant to antibiotics. The proportion was a lot lower five years ago, he said.
- Challenges facing SDG 2030 deadline for safe water and sanitation (Devex, August 9)
Achieving universal basic water and sanitation services by 2030 are hampered by a range of local factors. Although projections show the challenging road ahead for water and sanitation, they do not factor in additional challenges…
- How WhatsApp and SMS are being used to save the lives of babies in Africa (The Guardian, August 9)
Jacaranda, a member of UNDP’s Business Call to Action (BCtA), is one of a growing number of companies investing in improving the maternal health of low-income mothers through technology.
- Scientists hail malaria breakthrough as bed nets prove deadly to mosquitoes (The Guardian, August 11)
A two-year clinical trial in Burkina Faso showed that dousing bed nets with a combination of chemicals resulted in a 12% reduction in clinical malaria cases, compared with conventional bed nets.