A documentary film shows one model of service that is saving mothers’ lives and health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Business as usual. That’s the message from the World Health Organisation following its experts meeting last month to review the safety of hormonal contraceptives where there is a risk of HIV transmission.
Here’s a question of special relevance to regions where there is a high incidence of HIV/AIDS -- in particular, sub-Saharan Africa: Does marriage protect a person against the disease?
The number of children under five dying has declined substantially in
the past 20 years and the rate of decline is speeding up, according to a
report in The Lancet medical journal. Some developing countries are
doing surprisingly well, but rates in the US and Britain are not good by
developed world standards -- for reasons that are not clear.
Why does HIV/AIDS strike more women than men globally? Why is
sub-Saharan Africa the home of the world’s largest heterosexual HIV/Aids
epidemic? Why does Thailand have an HIV infection rate of over
one-in-100 adults, while Japan’s rate is 0.01 per cent and the
Philippines’ 0.02 per cent? One answer to these questions can be found
in an article published this week by the Population Research Institute
deeply implicating hormonal contraception in the AIDS epidemic.