Tag Archives: Children

IDWeek: Children may be spared from Ebola infection but not its impact

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While children are “relatively spared” from becoming infected with Ebola due to limited contact with Ebola patients compared to adults, children in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have to deal with a myriad of other problems that leave them vulnerable to other diseases and poor health, said Barbara Mahon of the Centers for Disease Control […]

An HIV-positive mother’s plight in Zambia

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The Center’s Rabita Aziz describes a visit to Livingstone General Hospital’s antiretroviral therapy (ART) ward in Zambia during a recent Congressional delegate trip to Africa. In a dark room so small and cramped that the door won’t even close, Ndabila Singango, a provincial clinical mentor employed by the Center for Infectious Disease Research of Zambia (CIDRZ), tests […]

Cross-Continent Collaboration Seeks to Bolster Pediatric HIV Care

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When Gilbert Tene, a Rwandan pediatrician, first examined Joseph, the 9-month-old baby boy had acute pneumonia and severe failure to thrive. His short life had already been marked by repeated episodes of illness—fevers, diarrhea, coughs. He was severely malnourished, weighing only about 12 pounds, and could not sit steadily by himself. His diagnosis: advanced HIV […]

A Different Take on TB Rates Among South African Children

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If you look at the World Health Organization’s most recent statistics on tuberculosis among children in South Africa, the data doesn’t set off any alarm bells. But Dr. Robin Wood, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, says that’s because the WHO isn’t looking at right the set of […]

Tracking down HIV-positive children

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It has to be one of the most boring aspects of fighting AIDS – building health systems that work. But it’s also one of the most important. In Zimbabwe, amid its political and economic crisis, some officials in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in the last two years took on a huge initiative: […]