Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

Children with HIV and AIDS need help

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Children with HIV and AIDS need better treatment like easier to swallow drugs say the World Council of Churches and many of Kenya’s faith leaders. They are challenging pharmaceutical companies to step up and help. The situation for very sick children in Kenya is bad, the church and faith leaders say. They estimate 26,000 children Read more

Condoms distributed by Catholic aid group

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Condoms are being distributed by a Catholic aid group in South Sudan. Justifying his group’s actions, the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) president Bruce Wilkinson,  said “there are women in Africa who need to be protected by a condom.” A past president of CMMB, John Galbraith, said the keys to fighting AIDS are: “abstinence, be Read more

Condom artwork of Benedict XVI sparks outrage

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

A decision by an American museum to display a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 coloured condoms has sparked outrage. The artwork titled “Eggs Benedict” was created by Niki Johnson to spark a discussion about sexual health. She said it was inspired by comments made by Benedict during a 2009 visit to Read more

The enemy is AIDS, not those who live with it

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

While some groups still believe that people infected with HIV should be stigmatised as a deterrent, the majority view at this month’s International AIDS Conference in Melbourne is that victims and the social groups to which they belong must be empowered. The media is being encouraged to listen to stories such as Sarah’s: ‘As a Read more

Pacific anti-gay sex laws impede HIV prevention, reformers say

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Concerns have been expressed that laws against consensual sex between men in the Pacific region are undermining efforts to prevent and treat HIV. An international Aids conference in Melbourne last week was told about the problematic results of such laws. But men having sex with men remains illegal in more than one-third of all Pacific Read more

HIV orphans: the tragedy

Friday, July 25th, 2014

As many as 200,000 children are dying unnecessarily of AIDS each year in Asia and Africa because of the ignorance and stigma surrounding HIV, the virus that causes the illness. Even though HIV is now classified as a manageable chronic illness, these children are being shunned and literally left to die on the street or Read more

AIDs patients in India turn to Catholic care

Friday, April 4th, 2014

In Andhra Pradesh state in India, patients with AIDs have suffered discrimination in state-run hospitals and have turned to Catholic health centres. “When government hospitals refuse to treat these patients, the poor ones turn to nongovernment organisations and religious charities like Karunalayam, a Roman Catholic mission in Warangal,” stated a New York Times report. Continue Read more

Young Mama Mary makes a difference

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Poverty-stricken children in Africa have inspired a young Auckland woman to do all she can to give them a greater chance in life. Mary Duncan, 20, has been working hard to help youngsters in Arusha, Tanzania, after spending time with them as a volunteer two years ago. Miss Duncan, who grew up in Howick, decided Read more

The ecology of disease

Friday, July 20th, 2012

There’s a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and Read more

Top Vatican official calls for free universal access to AIDS therapy

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The Vatican secretary of state called for free universal access to AIDS drugs and AIDS therapy, and insisted it begin by giving the drugs to HIV-positive pregnant women. “We cannot continue to tolerate the deaths of so many mothers; we cannot but think of thousands of babies as a lost generation,” said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Read more