$259 Million Allocated to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme

first_imgRelated$259 Million Allocated to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme Advertisements Related$259 Million Allocated to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter $259 Million Allocated to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme Health & WellnessMay 16, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of $259.94 million has been set aside in the 2012/13 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to fund the Jamaica HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme. The programme aims to curb the spread of the HIV epidemic, improve treatment care and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and to strengthen Jamaica’s capacity to respond to the epidemic. In terms of achievements, more than 30,000 pregnant women who attend antenatal clinics in the public sector were tested for HIV; Eighty Six per cent of HIV infected pregnant women and 97 per cent of HIV exposed infants received anti retroviral for prevention of mother to child transmission; media awareness campaigns held reaching more than one million adults; and Eighty Four percent of institutions reached and adopted HIV/AIDS policy. Anticipated targets for 2012/13 include: maintaining HIV testing of over 90 per cent antenatal clinic attendees in the public sector; provision of comprehensive treatment counselling for 40,000 patients with sexually transmitted diseases; maintain surveillance system and programme; distribute four million condoms to different intervention sites; 50,000 youth and adolescents reached through prevention outreach activities; and provision of anti retroviral for the prevention of mother to child transmission to 85 per cent of HIV infected pregnant women and at least 90 per cent of HIV exposed infants. The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Related$259 Million Allocated to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programmelast_img read more

Police find 7 bodies in Mexican border city

first_imgPolice acting on a tip found seven bodies partially buried in the desert on the outskirts of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, an official said Saturday. Investigators are searching the desert site south of the city to see whether there are any more bodies. An official with the state prosecutor’s office who declined to be named in line with department policy says a police officer’s badge was found at the site. Authorities were working to identify the bodies. Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, has been hit by a wave of drug-fueled violence that led federal authorities to dispatch thousands of soldiers to patrol the city. State security official Enrique Torres Valadez said that 1,500 more troops are expected to arrive Saturday, and 2,150 arrived Friday. Also Saturday, a suspect threw a hand grenade at police officers in the western city of Guadalajara. The officers were not seriously injured. State prosecutors said in a statement that police searched the man’s home and found 14 more grenades and 10 assault rifles. SOURCE: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

first_imgMore African countries confirm Covid-19 cases AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP Long after the funding for his project was frozen, Bilal Endris has kept a lonely watch over cemeteries in Ethiopia’s capital by slipping cash to gravediggers to alert his team to any sudden spikes in burials.In a nation where fewer than 2% of deaths are registered, an increase in burials may be one of the first signs that a killer disease is on the loose.The program was set up to monitor deaths related to HIV/AIDS a decade ago. Now doctor Bilal monitors for a spike in fatalities linked to COVID-19.He has yet to see one, but projects like his are being set up in other African countries where many deaths go unrecorded, making it hard to assess the scale of a disease. In some cases, nations are dusting off programs set up during Ebola outbreaks.Bilal himself has secured additional funding to restore the program to all 73 of Addis Ababa’s cemeteries from just 10 now.Only eight countries in Africa – Algeria, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa – record more than 75% of deaths, according to the United Nations.In other regions, where official data is readily available, researchers have used the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year to help gauge the number linked to the coronavirus pandemic.“In Ethiopia and everywhere across Africa … we go blind.” Bilal told Reuters. “I wanted to turn the health care system into one based on evidence.”In the capital Addis Ababa, less than 20% of deaths occur in hospitals, Bilal said, so monitoring deaths requires talking to community leaders and burial grounds.In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, media reports citing gravediggers alerted authorities to an undetected COVID-19 outbreak in the northern city of Kano in April, when deaths surged from a daily average of 11 to 43.Bilal’s project began tracking burials at all graveyards in Addis Ababa a decade ago.But in 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) froze its funding, as the country had started using other methods to track HIV mortality, according to a CDC spokeswoman.Bilal scaled back his surveillance to 10 cemeteries and began working for free, paying sources with a tiny grant from Addis Ababa University – until May.City officials called him for a meeting, desperate to know whether COVID-19 was cutting swathes through their city, he said. The Ministry of Health did not respond to requests for comment.Although official figures are still low – 6,973 confirmed cases and 120 deaths as of Thursday night – Ethiopia’s outbreak is accelerating. The university has now given Bilal enough support to restart the program in all 73 graveyards.“It used to be funded by the CDC but now it is funded by Addis Ababa University as everyone, including the government, thinks the program is very important,” said Dr Wondwossen Amogne, an associate professor in infectious diseases at Addis Ababa University and director of research at the university’s Black Lion Hospital.Health minister Lia Tadesse confirmed the study was being used by the government to monitor any spikes in death.As a separate initiative, New York-based public health initiative Resolve to Save Lives is working with five other African nations to set up similar programs, including Rwanda and Senegal. The other three don’t want to be named.They will establish the usual death rate by interviewing community leaders, then watch for spikes.Deciding whether any excess deaths are due to COVID-19 could be tricky, however. People with other diseases are avoiding hospitals for fear of catching the virus, health officials say.Bilal’s team has begun asking families at burials whether the dead had any possible COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough or a fever.Relatedcenter_img COVID-19 may impact African economies for three yearslast_img read more

Find the right loan to realize your financial goals

first_imgWhen it comes to borrowing money, many loans offer benefits beyond simple financing. With that in mind, it’s important to understand how one type of loan may be right for making home improvements, while another may be a better match for financing a wedding. The key is to research the various types of loans, know what services they’re designed to provide and then choose the one that best fits your financial needs.Credit card, personal and home equity loans are all great options to help finance purchases and achieve financial goals. Here’s a rundown of how each type of loan works:Credit card – Many people don’t realize that credit cards are actually loans, and users can make those loans as short-term or long-term as they need. Some credit cards provide low- or no-interest, short-term financing as long as the monthly statement is paid in full and on time. Users also have the option to turn their credit card balance into a longer-term loan, which may result in higher interest rates. Some credit cards may also charge an annual fee. Credit card loans can be used for common household expenses like groceries, gas or even to make automated payments for items like a magazine subscription. And if the user’s credit limit is high enough, credit cards can be used to fund larger expenses like furniture or electronics.Personal loan – Having a balance on more than one credit card can be a burden, especially if the rates are high. To help manage their budget, many consumers opt to use a personal loan to consolidate their higher-interest loans. Using a personal loan to pay down debt may save borrowers on interest payments if the rate on the personal loan is lower than on the credit card. Additionally, personal loans can give people more control over the size and timing of monthly payments.Personal loans can be used to pay for major events or expenses, such as a wedding, a big trip or those unexpected life moments such as a child’s new braces or an emergency car repair. Additionally, approved borrowers can receive their money quickly.There are also online resources, such as financial calculators, that can help borrowers visualize what their finances will look like when taking on a personal loan. Discover Personal Loans offers online debt consolidation and personal loan calculators to provide consumers with an idea of the repayment time frame as well as what potential loans payments could be on a monthly basis.Home equity loan – Once a homeowner has earned equity in their home, she or he can use that as collateral to get a loan for large expenses. Many homeowners obtain a home equity loan to finance a very costly home repair or home renovation project. This allows them to use their equity to potentially help increase the home’s value, and may increase resale profits. Other uses for home equity loans include consolidating large debt or paying for major expenses like medical bills. Typically, home equity loans have a fixed interest rate, terms and monthly payments. Interest on a home equity loan may be 100 percent tax deductible. Borrowers should consult their tax advisor about any benefits a loan may bring.Loans can help borrowers regain control of their finances but are not “one size fits all.” Different types of loans should be used for different types of expenses. The key is for borrowers to consider the type of expense they are looking to fund, the available loans and lender offerings, and determine which type of loan is most suitable for them.last_img read more