African Leaders to Meet to Discuss Ways to Fight HIV/AIDS, Improve Women's Health
September 7, 2007
Members of parliament from Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania next week will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss strategies for fighting HIV/AIDS and improving women's health, Xinhua News Agency reports. Discussion topics for the two-day conference, scheduled for Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, include stigma associated with HIV, women's health policy and ways to connect lawmakers with communities.
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Siemens added that both groups have a "firm commitment to help overcome the very limited reach we currently have globally in helping mothers and babies access needed prevention and treatment services." According to health workers in the countries, access to HIV testing and treatment, social stigma, drug costs and a lack of infrastructure are hindering efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. Court said there is a large gap in access to care between rural and urban areas, adding that the partnership will help to address the issue. According to Siemens, one of the biggest challenges in fighting HIV/AIDS is a lack of health care workers in developing countries (Ghuneim, VOA News, 9/5).
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