Expert Alert: World AIDS Day

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - From developing a simple dipstick test to accurately screen for HIV; to early discoveries linking the duration of breastfeeding with mother-to-child transmission; to supporting research that uncovered evidence of immunity to AIDS among a segment of Nairobi's sex workers, Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was among the first international donor agencies to fund research on the politics of the prevalence and transmission of HIV/AIDS and health-care delivery to people living with the disease in the developing world.

As the international community observes World AIDS Day on December 1, three leading IDRC-supported African researchers are available to comment on a range of issues touching on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa:

  • Neil Andersson of CIET has examined the links between the rise in HIV/AIDS infection and increased sexual violence in South Africa. Andersson has also worked to identify AIDS prevention strategies that focus on the realities of women who have limited abilities in making choices because of gender, age, economics and violence.
  • Lara Fairall at the University of Cape Town's Lung Institute, has worked to ensure that antiretroviral treatments are rolled-out effectively in South Africa's Free State. Fairall has identified bottlenecks in health-care delivery, citing that nurses have enormous potential to act as an accelerator for the delivery of live-saving antiretroviral treatments.
  • Uta Lehmann at the University of the Western Cape has studied the role of nurses in South Africa who are working on the front-lines of health-care delivery. Lehmann has examined how nurses could be trained and empowered to be instrumental in the delivery of anti-retroviral drugs and other basic services to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Journalists and the public can join in the conversation through Twitter (#IDRC) and Facebook.

For more information, visit www.idrc.ca.

About IDRC
A key part of Canada's aid program since 1970, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

SOURCE International Development Research Centre

For further information:

Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé / (+1 613) 696-2343 / ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca

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