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Burma’s Suu Kyi Named New UN Ambassador

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 22, 2012

By John Zaw

The United Nations yesterday announced opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as an ambassador to its program on HIV/AIDS.

Suu Kyi accepted the invitation to head the program during a meeting with UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé in the capital Naypyidaw, according to an agency statement.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as a champion for people who live on the fringes of society and struggle every day to maintain their dignity and basic human rights,” Suu Kyi said in the statement.

“I would like to be the voice of the voiceless,” added Suu Kyi, who has previously been named as the agency’s global advocate for zero discrimination.

Sidibé said the Nobel laureate was an appropriate choice for the role.

“From small villages to big cities, from Africa to Asia, people are talking about Aung San Suu Kyi. She is inspirational,” he said in the statement.

Eamonn Murphy, country director for UNAIDS in Myanmar, said he was happy that Suu Kyi had accepted the role.

“She would be the voice of HIV- and AIDS-infected people who have no voices,” he told today in an interview in Yangon.

Asked whether Suu Kyi would be an effective ambassador given her commitments as a lawmaker, Murphy said modern technology would allow her to send strong messages of hope in Mynamar and throughout the world.

Earlier this year Suu Kyi addressed an international conference via video link to express her support for those living with HIV/AIDS, Murphy said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 15, 2011

By Prabha Shrestha

1.         BACKGROUND

 Cases of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) are growing rapidly in the world. According to the UNAIDS report in December 1998, 33.4 million people were HIV positive with eleven people infected every minute (JICA brochure).

 HIV/AIDS is recognized as an emerging public health problem in Nepal too.  NCASC (National Control for AIDS and STD Centre) reported 842 cases of AIDS and 3,600 HIV infections as of November 2004.  However, this data could be the tip of the iceberg due to a lack of surveillance data. UNAIDS/WHO estimated approximately 60,018 people in Nepal are living with HIV/AIDS with 2,958 AIDS related deaths in 2002.  It is possible that most of the people (60,018) living with HIV/AIDS do not know they are infected and many of them maybe engaging in unsafe sexual practices.  It is considered that there is a low disease prevalence in the general population, with a higher prevalence in various sub sets of population such as 68% in IDUs (Intravenous Drug Users) approximately 17% in Sex Workers and 4% in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) cases (NCASC/MOH, 2003).  The consequence of inaction is that AIDS could become the leading cause of death in Nepal over coming years with a serious impact on poverty and vulnerability of the population.  Besides the negative impact on socio economic development through loss of productivity, the burden of diseases would put further stress on the health sector.

STI form a significant component of the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Nepal. Unsafe sexual behaviour contributes to a large number of HIV infections.  It is estimated that 200,000 cases of STI’s occurs annually and its prevalence in women is about 5%.  STI cases among sex workers are considerably high.  Syphilis prevalence among Sex Workers (SW) is reported to be 19% in Terai and Kathmandu with a rate of 14% in Pokhara. Similarly, syphilis prevalence is about 5% in the clients of SW (NCASC/MOH, 2004). The provision of early, correct diagnosis and effective STI treatment can not only prevent serious complications but also decrease the chance of HIV spread.  However, it is not easy to access services that provide early diagnosis and treatment in a resource poor country such as Nepal.

In order to address the above situation, HMG/Nepal adopted a National Policy for AIDS prevention with 12 key policy statements in 1995.  HIV/AIDS and STI prevention program is one of the 12 policy statements.  This policy guided NCASC to form the “National AIDS Coordination Committee” and “National AIDS Council” with participation from the government, non-government, private sector and civil society. This helps to operationalise the national policy and advocate for multisectoral participation in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The government is committed to deliver the STI control program with the support of the External Development Partners (EDPs). Read the rest of this entry »

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Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV In ‘Berlin Patient’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010

Good news. I wish he will not have HIV again.
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Nadja Benaissa, German Pop Singer, On Trial For Spreading HIV

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 16, 2010

Please do not be star in both, be only in the first one.
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Nepali man holds world record for fourth time by shaking hands

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2010


KATHMANDU, July 25 (Xinhua): Third time world record holder Rohit Timilsina from Nepal has again registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Record for the fourth time as he shook hands for 19 hours and 35 minutes on Saturday, according to the official website of GBWR.

Timilsina shook hands with his brother Santosh Timilsina to keep his name in the Record Book. Timilsina brothers had started to shake hands from 3:25 p.m. on July 23. By shaking hand, Timilsina wanted to spread the message of lasting peace and brotherhood through this record.

The brothers broke the record of Mathew Rosen and Joe Ackerman for 15 hours 30 minutes 45 seconds held on Nov.21, 2009.

Timilsina has the record of holding 21 tennis balls in one hand on June 14, 2008. On Dec. 21, 2009 Timilsina held the record of kissing 116 people out of which 20 percent were the HIV-infected persons. His third record was holding 24 golf balls in 30 seconds for 3 minutes 52 seconds on May 15, 2010.

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MIDDLE EAST: New HIV report turns up some surprises

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 30, 2010


DUBAI, 30 June 2010 (IRIN) – Statistics on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Middle East are hard to come by but a new study launched on 28 June in the United Arab Emirates has attempted to gather all existing data into one place and add some analysis and action points for policymakers.

“In all previous reports we thought there was no HIV data from this region. But there turned out to be lots of data here,” said Laith Abu Raddad, director of the Biostatistics and Biomathematic Research Core at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and the principal author of the study (not yet available online).

“This report is basically more like a scientific epidemiological study: Getting pieces of data, thousands of data that we managed to collect from every country in the region, putting them together and analysing them to see what they tell us in terms of HIV epidemiology,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pregnancy increases men’s HIV risk

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 24, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 24 May 2010 (PlusNews) – Findings from a new study reveal that a man’s risk of contracting HIV from an infected female partner doubles during pregnancy. Other studies have indicated that women are more susceptible to HIV infection during pregnancy, but this is the first to show that men are also at greater risk.

The findings were presented this week at the International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh in the US, where 1,000 participants have gathered to discuss the latest developments in the field. Read the rest of this entry »

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