“Babies Babies Babies!

29 07 2010

Here is a post from a Peace Corps Volunteer that is in Zambia. She talks about helping out with Child Health Week, children taking baths, food, and conversations with locals.

An excerpt:

There has been a pretty bad outbreak of measles in Zambia so the Child Health week was geared just towards giving information about measles and then giving the vaccine to kids 6 months to 4 years 11 months. My job in this process was to write down the child’s name and age on a pink card. It was pretty hectic, and at times overwhelming. One of the saddest parts was that sometimes if the mother didn’t have the under 5 card, she didn’t know the day, month or even YEAR her child was born. Just as bad- many of the mother’s couldn’t spell their children’s names. I understand they do not have to write it very much- but it is still pretty sad that they give their child a name they can’t spell. The positive is that hundreds of kids are now protected from measles.

Speaking of babies… I have to mention how funny it is when the kids in the village get bathed. You know when a child has recently been bathed because they are literally GLOWING. The mothers here SLATHER the kids in either glycerin or petroleum jelly after being washed.


African Studies Give Women Hope in H.I.V. Fight

26 07 2010
NYTimes article detailing the CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir Gel Trial –  the first study of a microbicidal product containing an antiretroviral drug.  The trial showed that the gel, when  used correctly, reduces HIV infections by 39%!

HIV Testing for Children in Resource-Limited Settings: What Are We Waiting For?

26 07 2010

An interesting article detailing the shortcomings of Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs in African countries, and why infant and pediatric HIV testing programs are needed to supplement these.  Co-written by Scott Kellerman from the Center for Health Services (Management Sciences for Health) and Shaffiq Essajee from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (Clinton Foundation).


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