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Youth@SAIIA has partnered with UNICEF South Africa to raise awareness on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues. In October 2016, we did a series of WASH related model UNICEF conferences, and have invited some of the participants to write for our youth blog as they continue their work on wash in 2017.
Regional health policy in Southern Africa is still under construction. Policies and plans by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have laid the groundwork for health development, but the region still faces a lack of coordinated access to healthcare and support from civil society and the Global South.
Creating universal health care – one of the targets under the newly ratified Sustainable Development Goals – will have different challenges for each country depending on their economic strength, relationships with donors, and their government’s investment into the health sector.
When the Southern African Development Community (SADC) launched its cross-border HIV/AIDS initiative in 2012, mobile clinics were set up at border posts across the region. Anyone living in these areas or travelling through could freely access the clinics for primary health care.
The next chapter of the global development agenda - the Sustainable Development Goals - will shift the global focus and debate around health systems.
The southern African chapter of an innovative new initiative, the Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration project, has now been running for more than a year at SAIIA. In that time, the project has conducted fieldwork in Swaziland, in Zambia and at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to discover how regional organisations can contribute to access to healthcare and medicines.
Patents and restrictions on intellectual property have become more problematic for developing nations in the last decade. At the centre of the storm is the development and influx of inexpensive generic medicines that developing countries need to treat HIV, TB and other communicable diseases.
South Africa has been facing an ongoing crisis of running out of essential drugs, such as anti-retrovirals for HIV patients. This highlights the need for a regional response to the provision and procurement of pharmaceutical drugs.
Cuba has officially become the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Margaret Chan, director-general for the World Health Organisation (WHO), described the small Caribbean island’s achievement as 'one of the greatest public health achievements possible.'
The focus for this year’s African Union (AU) Summit – being held on 14 and 15 June 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa – is the 'Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063'. The Summit follows on from the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which encompasses 26 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, including SADC, the EAC and COMESA.
The theme for World Health Day, held on 7 April 2015, was 'From farm to plate – make food safe.' The main motivation for the theme was the alarming amount of bacteria borne diseases across the globe, transmitted by eating food which is contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances.
The 68th session of the World Health Assembly is being held in Geneva from 18 to 26 of May. The focus for this year’s Assembly is ‘Ebola: Ending the current outbreak, strengthening global preparedness and ensuring the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) capacity to prepare for and respond to future large-scale outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences,’ and ‘Health in the post-2015 development agenda’.
Ebola has fast become the most talked-about health threat in the world, killing an estimated ten thousand people in nine countries to date. What emergency health response lessons can we learn from this epidemic, particularly for developing countries?
On 5 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by SAIIA Research Fellow Erica Penfold, with discussant Dr Pieter Fourie, on 'International Relations and Infectious Diseases: the politics of bugs.'
Happy new year to all our partners and friends! The year that has gone was characterised by South Africa’s fifth democratic elections, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the growing power of Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in Africa. Across other parts of the world, old fissures seemed to re-emerge; whether in Europe’s growing right-wing wave, or in Ukraine and in the Middle East.
In recent years there has been growing global awareness of the interplay between rights and the development process and a generalised recognition of social determinants of health as a point of entry to re-connect poverty, equality and health.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) can learn from the difficulties faced by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in curtailing the spread of Ebola. The Ebola epidemic has highlighted the need for regional access to medicines in West Africa.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 3,000 people—so far. It is spreading at an alarming pace, despite the efforts of governments and regional and multilateral organisations to stem the tide.
Indicators of health are a mirror of what goes on in societies, how the world works, and who benefits most. The world over, poor people are more sick and die earlier than those who are better off.
SAIIA is pleased to announce that two new staff members have joined the Institute as part of a new project focusing on the links between heath and poverty in Southern Africa.
The conference was co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), to exchange perspectives on the U.S.-South Africa bilateral relationship, the evolution of health and development engagement, and South Africa’s emerging global health agenda. The session is one of a series of global conferences that CSIS has co-hosted to highlight evolving global health policy of the BRICS countries and explore new opportunities for U.S. engagement with emerging powers to advance a common development and global health agenda.Venue: Jan Smuts House
More countries have a firmer grasp of the extent of the epidemic - in 2004 only 102 countries maintained consistent records, whereas in 2008 45 more have better, more rigorous information about the epidemic.
As this year's International Aids Conference begins in Mexico City, AllAfrica guest columnist George Katito says African governments and civil society will need to assert themselves more vigorously if the goal of an Aids-free generation is to be realised.
A plethora of factors conspire to make Southern Africa unable to feed its population leading, in some cases, to excessive reliance on donor food aid. In particular, the poor adoption of modern farming techniques constitutes a serious challenge to African agriculture in general. This situation is untenable especially at a time when agricultural biotechnology is being increasingly used to bolster food production in a number of countries across the world. While this technology is not a panacea, its contribution could go a long way towards alleviating the effects of climate induced droughts and concomitant human starvation.  Yet this is highly…
Each year, the Outlook also provides an in-depth analysis of a topic critical for Africa's development prospects. The 2007 focus is on Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation. Some 10 million people have been given access annually to drinking water over 1990-2004 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 THE predictions certainly seemed plausible. Mix drought with Mugabe’s chaotic upheaval on the commercial farms and what once was a bread basket was bound to become a dust bowl. Aid agencies have warned repeatedly over the past three years that half of Zimbabwe’s 12 million citizens were sitting on the brink of starvation.
Monday, 28 April 2008

While All Around They Die

eAfrica, volume 2, April 2004 ON THE impassable dirt lanes that cut through her township outside Maputo, Mozambique's capital, very few people know that Sharmila is HIV-positive. She hopes to keep it that way — and even though she lives in the conditions that accelerate the more graphic, tell-tale manifestations of full-blown AIDS, she just might be able to. 
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