According to the World Health Organisation’s most recent update Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed cases and 29 deaths of H1N1 virus – the official name for ‘swine flu’. Only one other death occurred outside of Mexico and this was in the USA, where the number of confirmed laboratory cases stands at 403. In total 22 countries have officially reported infections of H1N1; South Africa is not amongst those countries. The WHO is not recommending restriction of travel or closure of borders and stresses that you cannot contract the virus from eating well-cooked pork meat and other pork...Read more
Fair Share is continuing to train TAC members in the issues of governance and community participation. Mr Owatile Letebele(Fare Share Limpopo Co-ordinator) has been committed in advancing the knowledge of the TAC Mopani members in the above-mentioned issues. This is to equip community members with the knowledge and skills to hold public servants accountable in the planning and use of public finances in the local government sphere. The training was attended by branch members including Prevention Treatment Literacy Practitioners and the Community Health Advocates. The training will...Read more
In November 2008, an article was published in the renowned medical journal, the Lancet, that proposed a mathematical model that could virtually eliminate HIV transmission in the future and reduce the number of people developing AIDS by 95%. The article called for universal testing and immediate initiation of ART upon learning one's HIV-positive status. The article sparked heated debate between AIDS activists and organizations.
This week I met two remarkable people , remarkable for me because they’ve made it so far and just helped put a bit of perspective on my own situation. I’ve walked away from each encounter with the though that Yes I can Luckyboy at TAC Germiston, must say a list of 40 things that I want to do seemed like a lot but then I started working on it, although the details are vague but I’m moving away from bewilderment to item no 12 --- going to Egypt. Sometimes you meet people like that and wish “if only I had known you at the very beginning” still you were probably not the wise old man...Read more
Less than a year ago i tested positive after being continuosly sick and not getting any better. I started off with a CD4 count of 109 and six months later it has shot up to 341. I am lucky in that I have a family that was ready to support and help but despite this i have been fighting depression, feelings of self hatred, worthlessness and the feeling of running out of time. I have trawled the Internet and have gone to as many clinics to find information about this virus. I'm having to evaluate my priorities and the "point" to my still being here, alive, etc... Not so much as the...Read more