Posted: Apr 6, 2017
Addressing Gender to Ensure Effective PrEP Introduction
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was conceived to ﬁll the urgent need for a woman-controlled HIV prevention method. However, biomedical technology alone will not alter the underlying gender inequalities that make women and girls vulnerable to HIV. As new HIV prevention methods are rolled out, women, girls, men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender people will face barriers to product access and use that stem from cultural norms, lack of power in relationships and society, and limited access to resources. Gender analyses conducted in Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe identiﬁed ways to address these potential barriers during PrEP introduction. Most critically, PrEP introduction plans must prioritize a rights-based, positive approach that normalizes use of the new products and makes them available to those who need them most.
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Posted: Apr 5, 2017
These policy guidelines serve as framework for establishing mental health services for children and adolescents at national, provincial and local levels of health care within the primary Health Care approach using an intersectoral approach. They have been developed in relation to other South African policies, legislation and treaties that address themselves to the enhancement of survival as well as well the protection and development of children and adolescents.
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The preamble of the policy guidelines adopts a holistic approach in addressing the various risk and protective factors that can affect the mental health of children and adolescents. These causal factors can exist in the physical, emotional and social domains of the human being.