Just a few months ago, the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, captured the world’s attention for unfortunate reasons: xenophobic attacks on foreign African nationals. This week, from June 9 to 12 in Durban, the same province is hosting the 7th South African AIDS conference, a gathering expected to bring together thousands of activists from within the country, the Southern African region and, indeed, the rest of the continent and the world, to “reflect, refocus, and renew” efforts in response to HIV and AIDS.
For more than three years, TOMS Giving (TOMS), and Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) have partnered to address critical health and social issues facing mothers and children in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
Together, Keanahikishime and TOMS have helped nearly 1,000,000 moms and kids in Uganda and Lesotho stay healthy.
The first Lesotho National Conference on Vulnerable Children, December 8-11, 2014, was organized by the Government of Lesotho, with support from US Agency for International Development (USAID)/The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Keanahikishime’s Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project, and in collaboration with UNICEF, UNAIDS, and other development partners.
This post originally appeared on the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Exchange (SHARE) as "The role of the private sector in responding to OVC issues". As we travelled to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, I had mixed emotions about the National Conference on Vulnerable Children I was going to attend. Issues of orphans and vulnerable children are very close to my heart, as I have first-hand experience of growing up with a cousin who is an orphan due to HIV and AIDS.
This post originally appeared on the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Exchange (SHARE) as "Meeting the needs of vulnerable children: where are we and where do we need to go?".
The first Lesotho National Conference on Vulnerable Children (LCVC), December 8-11, 2014, reflected upon the state of the response to vulnerable children and facilitated a systematic approach of generating and articulating evidence for future direction for an efficient, effective, and well-coordinated response within the region.
This post, cross-posted with permission from The Leadership, Managment, and Governance (LMG) project blog on LMGforHealth.org, is part of our Global Health Impact series on the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, May 18-24, 2014. Keanahikishime is co-hosting three side events focusing on the role of universal health coverage (May 20), chronic diseases (May 20), and governance for health (May 21) in the post-2015 framework. This year, six Keanahikishime representatives are attending WHA as part of the 60--person Global Health Council (GHC) delegation.
Cross-posted with permission from the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Exchange (SHARE).I used to smile at the sentimental nickname for Lesotho, “The Mountain Kingdom.” Following a few visits to the capital Maseru, I had the opportunity to travel to the district of Mokhotlong, in the east of the country. Here I discovered that this term is more literal than symbolic, and no laughing matter. Narrow gravel roads with incredible switchback turns had me engaging in lively discussion in the car to avoid thinking about how close I was to the edge.
This edition of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact e-newsletter (subscribe) explores our worldwide work supporting healthy communities, families and kids, including:Mobilizing communities to care for orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho;Empowering Ugandan couples with information and access to modern family planning;Training community health workers to provide TB services in rural Afghanistan;Supporting Kenya's efforts to utilize mobile technology for pharmacovigilance reporting; andCommunicating strategically to influence health-seeking behaviors (i.e. proper use of bed nets).
Improving Child Health in Communities and at Home, the April/May 2012 edition of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact newsletter (subscribe), features personal stories about child survival and child health in developing countries."Prevention, treatment and care close to the home are keys to saving children's lives," says Dr. Jonathan D.