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South African Universities take lead in AIDS research

South Africa’s educational institutions have most certainly been at the cutting edge of HIV research during the past 10 years additionally , the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) holds the leading position country wide when it comes to providing scientific research concerning the pandemic, research carried out not too long ago suggested. This in turn positioned South Africa eighth internationally when it comes to HIV-Aids publication.

“Scientometrics of a Pandemic: HIV-Aids research in South Africa and the World”, a scientific study completed by Anthipi Pouris and Anastassios Pouris, was written and published in the Journal Scientometrics last year. The published research discussed the time frame between 2006 and 2010.

Wits put together 473 papers, or 20.42% of a countrywide total of 2,316 publications dedicated to HIV-Aids within the time period. The vast majority of have been written and published within the South African Medical Journal. It was closely followed by the University of Cape Town, which published 19.17% of papers, as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal with 18.3%.

The University of Stellenbosch put together 196 expert articles, the University of Pretoria 97 as well as the University of the Western Cape with 71. An additional seven organizations – two science councils, three research institutes and two hospitals – collectively published the remaining portion of the more or less 30% of total publications associated with HIV-Aids.

“It is actually unexpected the reaction of the scientific community. South Africa is known for a pluralistic system of development and as a result seriously isn’t responsive to direction provision,” said Professor Anastassios Pouris, one of several researchers and director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at the University of Pretoria.

He continued to explain that it was evident of the fact that the scientific community had settled upon its very own to come up with a contribution towards the country’s most significant challenge, combined with individual research workers transferring towards the discipline.

The UNAIDS Global Report 2008 exposed the fact that there are approximately 33 million individuals were living with HIV throughout the world, with close to 22 million of these individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa possesses the largest volume of HIV infections globally, with an estimated 5.6 million men and women in 2009. Additionally, it is estimated that approximately 310,000 South Africans died of Aids in 2009.

Pouris talked about the fact that the endeavours by the Department of Science and Technology to link the scientific community along with the European Union’s programmes could quite possibly have added to somewhat of a increase in HIV-Aids scientific studies during the time period, despite the fact that this specific fact required additional research and further investigation.

The research discovered that South Africa is constantly generating progressively more HIV-Aids applicable publications, despite the fact that the USA when it comes to the 19,542 publications between 2005 and 2007 maintains the world record followed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada and Germany. South Africa is listed eighth in the world.

Pouris also explained that South African researchers for the most part focused entirely on immunology, public health, virology and pediatrics when it comes to HIV-Aids, and in addition they collaborated predominantly with professionals in the US, England, Canada and France.

Clinical medicine has been the predominant area of study in South Africa as well as the world, Pouris suggested, adding that comparison revealed South Africa underemphasized molecular biology and genetics biology and biochemistry, pharmacology and pharmacy whilst at the same time overemphasizing challenges associated with social sciences.

A fundamental and crucial weak point in South Africa is definitely the constrained resources allotted within the nations educational institutions, both for research along with other activities Pouris proclaimed. A deficiency of resources has produced sub-critical research groups. In his personal opinion he believes the government ought to raise significantly the financial commitment within the nation’s educational institutions exactly as what is occurring throughout OECD nations around the world he emphasized.

Source: universityworldnews.com, stanford.edu, gwumc.edu, declarepeace.org.uk, Reuters


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South Africa marks World AIDS Day

South Africa has joined the rest of the world in marking this year’s World AIDS Day, with an emphasis on the need for access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for all.

President Jacob Zuma, addressing the national commemoration in Pretoria, announced that all babies under one-year with HIV would receive anti-retroviral treatment; expanded treatment for pregnant women to prevent the transmission of HIV to their children and said all patients with both TB and HIV will get treatment with anti-retrovirals if their CD4 count is 350 or less.

The measures are to come into force in April next year.

On World AIDS Day, various sectors from across the country have committed to rallying behind the fight against the disease.

In his World AIDS Day message, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato called on every person to do their part to help deal with HIV and AIDS.

“Our biggest challenge in responding to HIV and AIDS is the cloud of secrecy and silence that surrounds it, which prevents people from being open about how HIV and AIDS affects them,” he said.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) called on its members to get tested for HIV. In a statement, the union said as part of efforts to fight the disease it was operating a project to help teachers, orphans and vulnerable children in 20 000 schools across the country.

“We realise the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their lives and therefore urge our members to get tested, so that they know their status and take the necessary precautions.”

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) urged companies, especially in the mining industry, to take new action to combat new HIV infections.

“The face of the mining industry is fast changing from single sex to communal accommodation and we appeal to companies to take a conscious view of these developments,” it said in a statement.

Trade union federation COSATU has applauded Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on the progress he has made to date in fighting the disease. The union encouraged workers, shop stewards and leaders in the labour movement to join the campaign on voluntary HIV counselling and testing on 1 December.

The South African Municipal Workers Union said there had been a ‘wind of change’ in governments responses to the HIV and AIDS crisis.

It said South Africans must take responsibility for themselves, their communities and their workplaces to make HIV and AIDS history.

Source: BuaNews, info.gov.za


MEC encourages youth to get tested for HIV AIDS

Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu has encouraged the youth to get tested for HIV and AID.

“Go to your nearest health facility, seek pre-counseling, test and get your results. Knowing your status especially if you are positive, will help you get the right treatment and necessary support which will prolong your life,” said Mahlangu.

She was speaking at the official launch of an HIV and AIDS expo, at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, on the eve of World AIDS Day.

Mahlangu also committed to making available more female condoms and also to educate women on how to use them.

The three-day expo which will end on Wednesday aims to encourage the spirit of a caring community. This will be done through reinforcing the spirit of ubuntu.

The expo will not only showcase the work done by civil society, the public and private sectors but it will also encourage dialogue as well as voluntary counseling and testing.

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma is expected to address South Africans from all walks of life at an event to be held at the Pretoria Show Grounds to commemorate World AIDS Day today.

Under the theme “I am responsible, We are responsible, South Africa is taking responsibility”, this year’s World AIDS Day heralds a new era in the country’s collective effort in the response to HIV and AIDS.

The theme encourages everyone in South Africa from individuals, communities, businesses and government to take personal and collective responsibility to stop new HIV infections, provide care and support to those living with HIV and to ensure access to treatment for all people in need.

The day’s activities are intended to bring the country together to revitalise the fight against AIDS and take the campaign to higher levels.

Source: BuaNews, gauteng.net


Ten-day HIV AIDS education drive to be launched

The start of a 10-day door-to-door campaign to educate Gauteng communities about HIV and AIDS.

The campaign comes ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December.

Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Qedani Mahlangu is expected to launch the campaign at the Tembisa Civic Centre in Johannesburg.

She is expected to brief the media about the campaign as well as outline plans to mobilize communities to take a stand against the abuse of women, children and the disabled.
Today also marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign at the Union Buildings.
The campaign is expected to be launched with the lighting of the Torch of Peace by the Minister for Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya and the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Yunus Carrim. –

Source: BuaNews,