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Highlights from the AIDS conferences

In the past months there were two important AIDS conferences: the 5th South African AIDS conference which was held from 7-10 June 2011 in Durban and the 6th IAS conference on HIV pathogenesis, treatment & prevention which was held from 17-20 July 2011 in Rome. Here I highlight some of the most important study findings that were presented at these conferences. continue reading

Zimbabweans in Louis Trichardt at high risk of diarrhoea

Thando Gwetu, one of the Master of Public Health students I supervised while working at the University of Venda, conducted a study on the prevalence and risk factors for diarrhoea among adult Zimbabwean immigrants in Louis Trichardt. The results were published as a scientific letter – of which I am the second author - in the April 2011 issue of the South African Medical Journal. continue reading

How do doctors and dentists experience their community service?

The main objective of a study initiated by Africa Health Placements was to review the experiences of the 2009 cohort of Community Service doctors and dentists, the factors that are related to that experience and the relation with their plans for the future. Furthermore, the study aimed to make recommendations for improvement of CS in order to meet its objectives. continue reading

Updated ART treatment guidelines: WHO and South Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised several guidelines on the treatment of HIV with ART in PMTCT and for children, adolescent and adults which they presented during the XVIII International AIDS Conference held form 18-23 July 2010 in Vienna, Austria. continue reading

South Africa’s HIV prevention and treatment campaign

After an initial postponement, the launch of the South African HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign took place on April 25, 2010. The campaign aims to test 15 million people (about 30% of South Africa’s population) for HIV by June 2011. Goal is to reduce the rate of infection by 50 percent by 2011. continue reading

Malaria risk during the World Cup 2010 in South Africa

Malaria, which spreads through the bites from infected mosquitoes, affected about 243 million people in 2008, and 863 000 deaths due to malaria occurred in that year, 89% of those in Africa. (1 ) But what is the risk of contracting malaria for tourists travelling to South Africa for the World Cup 2010? continue reading

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