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
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
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.
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
SOURCE International Development Research Centre
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