Even the International AIDS Society never had a nurse on its board which is really shocking given that they are the first ones to give treatment to HIV/AIDS patients.
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, nurses have been at the forefront of the response team to help people manage this fatal infection. The nurse is involved at every stage of the trajectory of a person living with HIV—from usually being the first to counsel the newly diagnosed person, to one of the last to be with him/her at the point of death, says Dr Ian Hodgson.
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Following the WHO recommendation in September 2015 that “oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) should be offered as an additional prevention choice for people at substantial risk of HIV infection as part of combination HIV prevention approaches”, partners in countries expressed the need for practical advice on how to consider the introduction of PrEP and start implementation.
In response, WHO has developed this series of modules to support the implementation of PrEP among a range of populations in different settings.
Module 1: clinical
Lisa Mwaikambo shares K4Health’s experience working with partners in Ghana to adapt eLearning content for an app for community health workers. The case study is the latest installment in a series for The Exchange about adapting content for particular audiences.
The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (the Society) is a membership organisation of over 3 000 health care workers with an interest in HIV. The Society’s mission is to promote evidence-based, quality HIV healthcare in Southern Africa.
The Society is a non-profit company (NPC) and is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors, all of whom serve a two-year term. The current Board is led by elected President, Dr Francesca Conradie and elected Deputy President, Prof. Yunus Moosa.
The 14 countries that are scaling up voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention are also considering early infant male circumcision (EIMC) to ensure longer-term reductions in HIV incidence. The cost of implementing EIMC is an important factor in scale-up decisions. We conducted a comparative cost analysis of EIMC performed by nurse-midwives and doctors using the AccuCirc device in Zimbabwe.
Sub-Saharan African populations and economies are growing at unprecedented speed with a population growth of 2.7% annually and economic growth of 4.4% annually.
Africa has the fastest-growing middle class in the world, with 313 million people (roughly the population of the US), 34% of Africa’s population. This growing middle class is demanding higher-quality and more specialized medical care from both the public and the private sector.
Kenya faces severe health workforce shortages, especially at the primary health care level. Currently, the density of nurses per 100,000 of the population is 103.4, far below the World Health Organization minimum target threshold of 500 nurses per 100,000 required to provide sufficient coverage for essential interventions.
RESYST research has shown that:
This issue of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society's "HIV Nursing Matters" online magazine focuses on key populations.