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  • Long waiting list for antiretroviral treatment at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban

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    • Long waiting list for antiretroviral treatment at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban

    • International AIDS Conference - 13 to 18 August, Toronto, Canada

      • PRESS ALERT: Press conference: 13 August, 15h00 - Developing world activists set out their objectives and demands

      • List of events that TAC, ALP, CHMT and ARASA are participating in

      • We request Toronto conference presenters to include this powerpoint slide (or similar) asking people to visit the www.aidstruth.org website. Do your share to stop AIDS denialism.

    • Understanding South Africa's HIV/AIDS statistics: A TAC briefing.

    Long waiting list for antiretroviral treatment at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban

     

    (Thanks to Sylvia Flynn for investigating and drafting this article. Thanks also to Lovisa Mbele, Deena Bosch and Linda Mafu for additional information.)

    You get terribly sick. You do the sensible thing and it gives you hope: you get tested for HIV, find out you are HIV-positive, have a CD4 count which shows that you have AIDS and learn about antiretrovirals. But then your hope is shattered; you are placed on a waiting list that's almost a year long. Will you live long enough to access treatment? That's the situation over 1,000 people at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban face.

    Mahatma Gandhi is a huge hospital, serving a vast population that is fed by six clinics. We were alerted to the long waiting list for treatment, but finding out precise details was extremely difficult. The hospital administration operates under the illusion that it is not obligated to share information with the public. Nevertheless, because of the persistance of TAC treatment literacy practitioner Lovisa Mbele, we were able to obtain critical facts.

    The hospital's antiretroviral site has five nurses, seven counselors and two doctors. There are just over 900 people on treatment. The waiting list has over 1,300 people on it and the waiting period extends until July 2007. The feeder clinics should help decrease the hospital's workload, but they have not been accredited as antiretroviral sites and the government has not given reasons why this is the case.

    The children's clinic was accredited in February and started treating in March. The clinic started by putting two children on treatment per week but this has since increased to six. A mere 72 children are on treatment.

    The mother-to-child transmission prevention programme appears to be functional, albeit that it is using the sub-optimal single-dose nevirapine regimen. Statistics from May indicates that of 804 pregnant women, 345 tested HIV-positive and received Nevirapine.

    TAC's Kwazulu-Natal office is mobilising a campaign to get the provincial government to resolve Mahatma Gandhi's long waiting list and to get the hospital's feeder sites accredited.

    [END OF MAHATMA GANDHI ARTICLE]

    TAC, ARASA, CHMT, ALP related events at the International AIDS Conference

    Toronto Canada, 13-18 August 2006

    PRESS ALERT: Developing world AIDS activists speak out

    Date: 13 August 2006
    Time: 15h00
    Venue: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1

    All media are invited to a press conference shortly before the start of the Toronto International AIDS Conference. Activists from the developing world will describe their expectations, plans and demands for the world's largest HIV/AIDS conference.

    Treatment Action Campaign, AIDS Law Project, Community Health Media Trust/Beat It! and the AIDS and Right Alliance for Southern Africa Participation at the International AIDS Conference

    Saturday, 12 August 2006

    Canadian AIDS Legal Network Satellite
    Global networking for AIDS, law and human rights
    Michaela Clayton, ARASA
    8:30-17:00
    Ontario Bar Association, 20 Toronto Street, Suite 200

    Sunday, 13 August 2006

    Developing Countries Consultation on Civil Society Leadership in HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention and Care
    Co-sponsored by TAC, ALP and ARASA
    9:00 - 14:00
    Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1
    (Press conference @ 15h00)

    HIV science and responsible journalism
    Nathan Geffen, TAC
    (This session will be webcast.)
    10:00-12:15
    Session Room 2-Conference Center

    Monday, 14 August 2006

    Controversy and Common Ground
    Hot Topics in Human Rights and HIV/AIDS
    Fatima Hassan, ALP
    10:45 - 12:15
    Session Room 3

    Oral Abstract Session
    Moving the agenda forward: Women's rights and HIV
    Sipho Mthathi, TAC
    14:15 - 15:45
    Session Room 11

    Skills building session
    Enhancing Success in Scaling Up ART in Resource Limited Settings - The Role of Treatment Literacy
    Ntombesizwe Nombasa Gxuluwe, TAC
    14:15 - 17:45
    Skills building room 5

    Controversy and Common Ground
    HIV testing in the era of treatment scale up
    Mark Heywood, ALP
    14:15 - 15:45
    Session Room 3

    University of Toronto Skills Building Workshop
    Gender, sexuality & HIV/AIDS
    Jonathan Berger, ALP
    17:00 - 19:00
    Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, U of T (Museum subway)

    The Health Worker Crisis and AIDS
    (Jointly hosted by Physicians for Human Rights and several other organisations including TAC and ALP)
    18:00 - 20:30
    Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John Street

    Tuesday, 15 August 2006

    Satellite Session
    UNGASS: After the Political Declaration - where to from here?
    Sipho Mthathi, TAC
    07:00 - 08:30
    Session Room 8

    ANRS Symposium Satellite
    New perspectives in prevention of HIV sexual transmission. From research to action in developing countries
    Mark Heywood, ALP
    18:00 - 20:00M
    Skills Building Room 3

    Satellite Session
    LGBT Prevention Efforts in the Developing World
    Jonathan Berger, ALP
    18:00 - 20:00
    Skills building room 11

    Programme Activities
    Premiere of Media, Message, Method
    Siyayinqoba Beat-it!
    Jack Lewis, Community Health Media Trust/Beat It!
    19:30 - 21:30
    Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Toronto, ON
    at the Museum stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line

    Wednesday, 16 August 2006

    Bridging Session
    Access to Treatment - People before Trade
    Sipho Mthathi, TAC & Jonathan Berger, ALP
    10:45 - 12:15
    Session Room 1

    Special Session
    25 years of AIDS - reflecting back and looking forward
    Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA
    12:45 – 13:45
    Session Room 1

    Bridging Session
    Human resources and HIV/AIDS: Advancing Health Workforce Capacity in delivering care, treatment and support
    Mark Heywood, ALP
    14:15 - 15:45
    Session Room 3

    Bridging Session
    The Forgotten Epidemic: HIV/AIDS in Prisons
    Jonathan Berger, ALP
    16:15 - 17:45
    Session Room 8

    Satellite
    Developing health literacy in resource-limited settings
    Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA
    18.00 - 20.00
    Skills Building Room 2

    HIV/AIDS and the Law: Canada and Beyond
    Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network / OSI
    Mark Heywood, ALP
    18.30 - 20.30
    Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St, West Toronto

    Thursday, 17 August 2006

    Plenary Session
    The price of inaction
    Mark Heywood, ALP
    8:45 - 10:15
    Session Room 1

    Hot Topics in Human Rights and HIV/AIDS
    Getting the Balance Right: integrating HIV prevention and treatment programming
    Fatima Hassan, ALP
    10:45 - 12:15
    Session Room 4

    The Contribution of Human Rights Activists to Access to Treatment in South Africa
    Fatima Hassan, ALP
    10:45 - 12:15
    Session Room 3

    Oral Abstract Session
    Time to Deliver: Influencing Policy and Law
    Michaela Clayton, ARASA
    11:00 - 12:30
    Session Room 11

    PLWHA Challenging Barriers to Accessing HIV Drugs
    Fatima Hassan, ALP
    14:15 - 15:45
    Global Village

    Satellite
    HIV/AIDS in East Europe & Central Asia
    Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA
    14:15 - 15:45
    Session Hall 2

    Oral Abstract Session
    Treatment Access, TRIPS and Trip-ups
    Jonathan Berger, ALP and Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA
    16:15 - 17:45
    Session Room 4

    Poster
    Regional Partnerships for Universal Access
    Michaela Clayton, ARASA
    Poster Exhibition area, Level 800

    Satellite Session
    Intensifying HIV prevention – Leveraging the global community
    Sipho Mthathi, TAC
    18:00 - 20:00
    Skills Building Room 1

    Satellite
    Community Preparedness for Effective HIV Treatment and Care: People Living with HIV/AIDS Leading the Way toward Universal Access
    Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA & Vuyani Jacobs, CHMT/Beat It!
    18:00 - 20:00
    Skills Building Room 11

    Friends of TAC Fundraising Event
    Venue: "The Orbit Room" http://www.orbitroom.ca/orbit.htm
    Acts include:
    Jemini (female spoken word artists)
    Unknown Mizery & Logikal Ethix, with Poor Man's Militia and ALI (hip-hop)
    Door charge tbc.
    Takes place in the evening

    What do South Africa's AIDS statistics mean? A TAC briefing paper

    By Nathan Geffen, 7 August 2006

    On 21 July 2006, the Department of Health released the annual HIV and syphillis antenatal survey2. What does this survey show? Is it of any use? Is it true that the number of people with HIV is finally stablising? What do we really know about the the prevalence of HIV and the number of AIDS deaths?

    TAC has been asked these and many similar questions. They are good questions and so this analysis will try to provide useful answers. But to do so, we really need to explain HIV/AIDS statistics in South Africa generally.

    Contrary to popular belief the quality of South Africa's HIV/AIDS statistics are actually very good. From the available statistics we can estimate approximately how many people are infected with HIV and the minimum number of people who have died of AIDS. We also learn from the statistics who is most at risk of being infected, how serious prevalence rates in different provinces are, at what ages people are dying of AIDS and which opportunistic infections kill the most people. Read more ...

    [END OF AIDS STATS]