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Successful continuation of antiretroviral therapy delivery during COVID 19 – best practices from the South East Asia Region

The COVID-19 pandemic was predicted to and has had a major impact on the essential HIV health services in the South East Asia Region (SEAR), putting at risk the benefits accrued over the last two decades. Apart from the risks posed by the virus to the individual health of people living with HIV (PLHIV), COVID-19 has disrupted essential services causing considerable delays in the delivery of medicines and other health commodities. Changing priorities for HIV clinic and health-care workers, travel restrictions, non-availability of public and limited private transportation and worsening…

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Existing HIV and TB laboratory systems facilitating COVID-19 testing in Africa

Many countries in resource-limited settings have high HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) burdens. In 2010, WHO first recommended the use of the Xpert MTB/RIF nucleic acid assay. In 2013, the WHO recommended HIV viral load testing through nucleic acid testing for all people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy in order to monitor their treatment. Over the last ten years, significant investments by countries and donors have considerably improved laboratory systems. In many settings, highly skilled staff have been re-prioritized to COVID-19 testing. Across sub-Saharan Africa,…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

World AIDS Day 2020 – WHO calls for global solidarity to maintain HIV services

On 1 December WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond – and to ensure continued provision of HIV services for children, adolescents and populations most at risk for the disease. The Organization also calls on countries to provide health workers with greater protection and support so they can continue their work safely during the pandemic. Protecting people from HIV during the pandemic, and ensuring they can maintain treatment, is critical. Researchers are currently investigating whether…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

WHO announces the Global Diabetes Compact

On World Diabetes Day, WHO announced the development of the Global Diabetes Compact, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to support countries in implementing effective programmes for the prevention and management of diabetes. The goals of the Compact, the development of which will be led by WHO, are:   increased capacity of health systems to detect, diagnose and manage diabetes; integration of diabetes care into existing programmes, thereby leveraging existing capacities in the health-care system and meeting people’s health-care needs in a more holistic way; and the scaling-up of health promotion…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Wizkid’s song with Beyonce wins him the 2020 BET Soul Train Award

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and clear the weed that have taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. He stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter. According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of…

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Development Health Advice 

New COVID-19 infections fall globally for first time since September; WHO chief urges ‘extreme caution’

Updating reporters during his regular briefing from Geneva, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the global decline as fragile: brought on by falling cases in Europe, thanks to the difficult but necessary measures countries put in place in recent weeks. “The pandemic has taught that in the face of an urgent health threat, the 🌍 can come together in new ways to defeat it.For many people, the pandemic is a source of fear – but it can also be a source of hope that we can defeat #COVID19, & we can…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Singer Simi Pens Beautiful Letter To Her Daughter As She Turns 6 Months

Simi and her daughter, Adejare Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simi has penned a beautiful letter to her daughter, Adejare as she turns 6-months-old. November 30 marked six months since the singer and her husband, Adekunle Gold welcomed their little platter of feet. Taking to her Instagram page, Simi posted an adorable photo of her herself and her daughter along with the lovely message. The first time mum noted that she is excited for her daughter to grow up so they can do fun stuff together. In her words; “My…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Stardust World Productions Shines a Spotlight on Women in the Music Industry

Stardust World Productions Shines a Spotlight on Women in the Music Industry – Music Industry Today – EIN Presswire Trusted News Since 1995 A service for music industry professionals · Monday, November 30, 2020 · 531,775,913 Articles · 3+ Million Readers News Monitoring and Press Release Distribution Tools News Topics Newsletters Press Releases Events & Conferences RSS Feeds Other Services Questions? Sourced From Nigerian Music Follow and like us:

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

The Ghanaian musician who helped put West African music on the world map

Written by Ekow Barnes, CNN Ebo Taylor became one of Ghana’s major prolific musicians in the 1950s and ’60s, making his signature Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti. As highlife and afrobeat music has entered the global stage, Taylor’s work has been sampled by international R&B artist Usher on his 2010 track “She Don’t Know,” featuring rapper Ludacris, and by Canadian hip-hop duo Ghetto Concept on their 1992 track “Certified.” His influence can also be seen in afrobeat’s clubbier offshoot, afrobeats (with an “s”), which has…

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Human Rights 

UN chief calls for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities

The UN chief was addressing countries that are party to the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which he stressed can only be fully implemented by tackling the obstacles, injustices and discrimination that this population experiences.  “Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is crucial to fulfilling the core promise of the 2030 Agenda: to leave no one behind,” he said, referring to the global action plan to bring about a more just and sustainable world.  “In all our actions, our goal is clear: a world in…

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