UNAIDS [to 4 March 2017]
First Lady of Benin launches the Claudine Talon Foundation to improve the lives of women and children across the country
03 March 2017
The First Lady of Benin has launched a foundation to improve the lives of the most vulnerable women and children in the western African country, nestled between Nigeria and Togo. The foundation will work under the umbrella of six core values: solidarity, the family, respect for differences, integrity, humility and efficiency.
The Claudine Talon Foundation will take a holistic approach to improving health and social outcomes for women and children in Benin. It will focus on expanding maternal and paediatric health services, improving general hygiene and sanitation, increasing access to quality drinking water, improving standards of nutrition and raising literacy rates through a wider access to education. Activities will include increasing access to HIV testing in paediatric health centres and supporting organizations caring for orphans. It will also focus on ending discrimination for people living with and affected by HIV…
Hospitals in South-East Asia ramp up efforts against HIV-related stigma
02 March 2017
The Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi is one of Thailand’s premier hospitals in AIDS treatment and care. Its waiting rooms welcome many patients. This month, people waiting for appointments will see on hospital screens stories about people living with HIV who overcame stigma thanks to support from their communities. Bamrasnaradura is one of around 1000 hospitals in Thailand that have joined the zero discrimination in health-care settings campaign.
The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+) and UNAIDS launched the campaign on 2 March at Bamrasnaradura.
“More than 30 years since HIV was detected in Thailand, stigma still remains a major challenge,” said Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, Director-General, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. “Thailand is committed to ensuring health-care settings are safe and supportive environments.”…