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Promoting health through the life course

New MTV dramas in Egypt and India tackle female genital mutilation, sex work

American cable television channel MTV is launching drama series in Egypt and in India with storylines on female genital mutilation, child marriage and sex work with the aim of generating debate around issues often seen as taboo. Both series by the Viacom-owned youth entertainment broadcaster will feature soundtracks to appeal to young audiences and popular local actors who will be trained on the issues to help stimulate debates via social media. "We will be using gripping plots based on true stories from young people so that we can destigmatise issues, debunk unhelpful stereotypes and catalyse social change," said Georgia Arnold, head of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation

July 13, 2017

The trans women "fighting for survival" as rights crackdown continues in Tanzania

Recently 40 private drop-in clinics offering HIV/AIDS services to key populations such as gay men, transgender people and sex workers were banned by the Tanzanian government. A program supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and implemented by Save the Children to assist key populations eligible for HIV treatment in Tanzania has been put on hold. Another Global Fund grant to distribute water-based lubricants ended in December and lubricants are now banned for promoting homosexuality. The government appears unwilling or unable to tolerate education on LGBT matters and the crackdown on activists can be harsh

April 19, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Queen’s ‘pride’ over princes’ mental health drive

The Queen has backed the decision by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to speak out about their mental health, expressing her pride at the campaign they have spearheaded with the Duchess of Cambridge. Their Heads Together scheme, tackling the stigma around mental health and encouraging others to speak more freely about their struggles, was the official charity of the London Marathon last weekend

April 23, 2017
The Times

Stigma attached to mental disorders leading to high mental morbidity in India: Experts

More than 100m people in India (over 10% of the population) suffer from mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, but society’s views about these disorders are clouded by misconceptions and stigma, which in turn leads to high mental morbidity in India

March 22, 2017
New Kerala
March 21, 2017
India Blooms

UnitedHealth sued for denying coverage for eating disorders

UnitedHealth Group has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. health insurer of denying coverage for medically necessary treatment of eating disorders

March 21, 2017

Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental-health help

Over three quarters of young people say there is ‘a stigma’ to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggest

March 1, 2017

Health systems

HIV law promises equality

With the Indian parliament passing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, people living with HIV Aids are guaranteed equal rights in medical treatment, admission to educational institutions and jobs. The Bill lists grounds on which discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them is prohibited

April 12, 2017
The Hindu
April 11, 2017
Financial Express, New Indian Express

Health needs of men who have sex with men neglected in South Africa

MSM men are twice as likely to be HIV positive partly because their health needs are not being met and they are stigmatized and discriminated against in health facilities in South Africa. The Anova Health Institute explains how it is working to sensitise health facilities to help them become more MSM friendly through its Health4Men programme

April 4, 2017

Men who have sex with men face difficulty getting HIV medicine due to stigma

Homosexuals are a vulnerable group who struggle to access treatment for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases because of the stigma and discrimination against them, health professionals and NGOs from Eastern and Southern African countries were told at a Johannesburg event to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment 

March 28, 2017
Business Day

Stigma and discrimination are neglected silent killers in Africa

The Kenyan media focuses on the recent case of Salome Karwah, Time Magazine Person of the Year 2014 for her part in the fight against Ebola in west Africa. In February this year Karwah died from childbirth complications in Liberia, staff initially refused to help her due to the stigma that still surrounds the disease 

March 22, 2017
Standard Media

Communicable diseases

HIV/AIDS prevalence on the rise in East Africa

Stigmatization and discrimination among commercial sex workers, transgender, prisoners and homosexuals has been identified as the main cause for the high prevalence of HIV/Aids in East Africa, according to findings from a workshop on Kenya National Advocacy, aimed at reducing violence and discrimination against these key populations. When these groups are stigmatized and discriminated against they do not have the incentive to seek health services and legal protection and this can be an important factor in propagating the infection

May 25, 2017
Citizen TV

NGO condemns stigma against sex workers in Malawi

Dignitas International says there is no way Malawi can win the battle against HIV/AIDS if society continues stigmatizing sex workers, who are one of the key populations involved, in the spread of HIV. The NGO is implementing an HIV key populations project, which seeks to fight for the rights of key population members to access health services, as a way of minimizing the spread of the virus

May 21, 2017
Malawi 24

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

The Huffington Post reports on a research project carried out by an international team into AIDS denialism in Russia, with a focus of online communities and on getting a handle on what themes or ideas drive the thinking of those involved. Much to their surprise ‘three important factors were determined: inadequate counselling, denial of the diagnosis because the informants felt OK and an unwillingness to follow antiretroviral treatment.’ They also pointed to ‘an arrogant and paternalistic approach’ which many doctors employed, leading to the deniers seeking their own answers often online. They concluded with some advice ‘believe whatever you want about AIDS but check your immune system just in case’

April 3, 2017
The Huffington Post