HRH Roundup: What We Are Reading, August 2018

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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Insects unable to transmit viruses halted disease in Australian city – now scientists hope same technique could help tackle Zika and malaria.

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.

“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.

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.

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…

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.

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.