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Joining the Club in Cote d’Ivoire, Where HIV is Just Another Chronic Disease

As the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science convenes in Mexico City this month, health providers in Côte d’Ivoire treat HIV as a chronic disease, enrolling clients in health clubs that offer refuge from stigma.

Nurse Maibam Ranita Devi
A Nurse Finds Her Niche: A New Focus on Family Planning
At the recent International Council of Nurses Congress in Singapore, the buzz was about expanded roles. Beth Wamai personifies this trend where, after years at patients’ bedsides in Uganda, she’s now out in her community, meeting demand for contraceptives.
Mother, Father, Child
A Lifesaving Recipe: Mix Competent Care Providers with Supportive Husband and Add Leadership
The mentorship of care providers and engagement of men in women’s health have resulted in big improvement in health outcomes in Tanzania’s Geita region.
Resourcefully Yours
Lisa Noguchi’s commentary “How should we listen to ECHO?,” published in The Lancet, provides insight about long-anticipated results of the ECHO study. Though the study did not find a substantial difference in HIV risk among the three hormonal contraceptive methods evaluated, it did point out a high HIV incidence in the study participants. “Decision makers need to listen to the voices of women and girls,” Noguchi writes. ALSO, the first study to report on treatment outcomes after community-based distribution of ART services to female sex workers in Tanzania appears in AIDS and Behavior, showing that participants who received ART provision through community-based distribution had higher ART initiation and retention rates after 6 months and 12 months.
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The establishment of the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nursing Council (AMNC) will give nurses and midwives more autonomy and governance, and will address persistent challenges in assuring the quality of pre-service education and licensing new graduates, according to a new commentary published in Midwifery. Having AMNC finally in place after 9 years of advocacy for its establishment is extremely significant, the authors write. Among barriers cited in “Challenges and facilitators to the establishment of a midwifery and nursing council in Afghanistan”—an absence of legislation that allowed the creation of an independent body to regulate any member of the medical/paramedical professions.
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