Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

Stop herbal hoax… no cure for HIV

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Traditional herbal therapy organisations and practitioners in the Pacific have been told to stop misleading people living with HIV (PLHIV). The call was made by the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation in a statement. “PIAF’s call relates to certain traditional herbal therapy organisations and religious organisations in the region that have claimed that their herbal products Read more

Some health workers believe prayer a cure for AIDS

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A self assessment of transmission risks in Fiji  has revealed that a number of people, including health workers, believe prayer a cure for HIV infection. Of the  respondents who voiced opinions on the matter, most expressed belief that most other Fijians believe in the efficacy of religious faith, herbal medicines, laying on of hands, Christian prayer Read more

European Parliament urges access to abortion to stop the spread of AIDS

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The European Parliament, the European Union’s representative body, has passed a resolution urging the use of abortion and contraception to stop the spread of AIDS, while making no mention of abstinence education.

The document, coded “B7-0615/2011,” which was passed December 1, addresses the European Union’s “response to HIV/AIDS in the EU and in neighboring countries,” and lists a number of measures to combat the deadly disease.

According to the document, the European Parliament “calls on the Commission and Council to ensure access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, information and supplies,” which should include “equitable and affordable access to contraceptives, including access to emergency contraception; safe and legal abortion, including post-abortion care.”

The document does not mention abstinence or abstinence education, which medical experts say is the most effective way to prevent HIV transmission.

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Vatican calls for universal access to HIV – AIDS treatments

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

To coincide with World AIDS Day, the Vatican has appealed for universal access to HIV/AIDS treatments. The statement from the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers says says World AIDS Day is a privileged moment to relaunch the fight against social prejudice and that World AIDS Day is a new opportunity to promote universal access to therapies for Read more

Irish missionary awarded for commitment to people with AIDS

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Sister Miriam Duggan, from Limerick, a Franciscan Missionary of the Sisters for Africa, was awarded for her dedication to people with AIDS/HIV and commitment in fighting the pandemic in Africa.

Duggan graduated in medicine at the University College in Cork. The missionary specialized in obstetrics and gynecology in Birmingham in 1969, and continued to work for 30 years in Uganda as chief medical officer of St Francis’ Hospital, Nsambya, in Kampala.

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Pope outlines his vision for Africa’s future

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Africa’s future focused Pope Benedict’s attention on his second trip to the continent. In his final homily the Pope told some 50,000 packed into a stadium at Contonou and another 30,000 watching on giant screens from outside that corruption is not acceptable, AIDS is mainly an ethical problem and to seek reconciliation in the face of Read more

Behaviour change effective against AIDS

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Sr Luzia

Sister Luzia Wetzel, the coordinator of the Zambia’a youth Alive HIV/Aids prevention programme, said, “Condoms are not the solution to Aids.” Sister Wetzel has had 40 years experience working in Africa and believes that rather than emphasizing the use of condoms, behaviour change is the key to tackling the problem. The Youth Alive programme, which has Read more

Religious organisations closer to real solution in fight against HIV

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Religious organisations are “closer to the real solution” in advocating fidelity to one partner at a time and delaying sexual debut than the technology promoted by the United Nations, the United States, the World Bank, the European Union and other global leaders, says Dr. Edward C. Green, president and director of the New Paradigm Research Read more

Church to carry out study on the PMIZ in Madang

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The Catholic Church is to carry out a study on the PMIZ (Pacific Marine Industrial Zone) proposed for Madang.  The church held the original title to the 216-hectare site. The study is meant to help inform the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands about what is happening. Fr Philip Gibbs of Mt Hagen Archdiocese is carrying Read more

Vatican conference on AIDS HIV

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

AIDS experts from around the world gathered in Rome to attend a Vatican conference on AIDS HIV.  The  a two-day conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, looked at the role the Church plays in treating the disease and discussed ways of preventing the spread of HIV and caring for people with AIDS. Read more