HIV-AIDS - Stop HIV&AIDS, Keep The Promise in Eastern...

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Context: Women are four times more vulnerable to becoming infected with HIV than men. Women are also socially, culturally and economically more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. In this regard the statistics show that one in three girl-children is sexually abused before the age of eighteen and one in four boys is sexually abused before the age of eighteen. As such, social, cultural and economic power relations play a major role, with many women still not being able to discuss or make decisions about sexual matters. To make matters even more challenging, in most deep rural areas of the Eastern Cape of South Africa there are high levels of illiteracy. Objectives t To organise Civil Society Organisations to undertake co-ordinated action on gender– based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention in the Eastern Cape; o To develop a road map on gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS; o To agree on specific action to undertake; o To launch and focus the two year involvement of the World AIDS Campaign in the Eastern Cape; o To provide information and skills to attendees to help their successful involvement in the campaign; and To identify other themes for future action Programmers: t Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) The provision of PMTCT – Dual Therapy - is still regarded as marginal by pregnant mothers in certain South African communities. In Eastern Cape 26% of pregnant mothers decide not to access it, compared to Western Cape’s 5% . The National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS requires that the decline rate be below 5% by 2011. Early testing is advised for pregnant mothers. With the new policy testing it is recommended for the first trimester and at 32 – 34 weeks to exclude the window
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period. Breast feeding is encouraged for a period of six months and formula milk is also given for only six months. When solids are introduced some are referred to the nutrition programme especially if there are any symptoms of malnutrition or any health related matter. There are challenges in some districts like Qaukeni, where there is no NGO support as NGOs only undertake programmes after agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
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