R13m boost for HIV clinic in SA

first_imgThe French government has donatedR13-million to upgrade the Grabouw Community Health Centre. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Faiza Steyn Western Cape Department of Health +27 21 483 3235 +27 082 801 6960fsteyn@pgwc.gov.za RELATED ARTICLES • Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA • Loving life, fighting Aids • Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids • Hunger strike against HIVNosimilo RamelaThe French government has made a multimillion-rand donation to the Grabouw Community Health Centre in the Western Cape to upgrade its HIV/Aids clinic over the next two years.The Western Cape health department said the R13-million (US$1.8-million) grant will be used to expand and improve the clinic’s facilities.The centre, located in the agriculturally rich Overberg district, provides services for an estimated 50 000 residents annually, most of whom are farmers and farmworkers.An increasing number of people have moved into the area over the years to seek work on farms and this has put pressure on the clinic’s capacity. As a result staff often have to take on extra duties they have not received training in, such as administering antiretroviral (ARV) and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.The grant will help uplift ARV services at the clinic and enable a greater number of people to enrol for the treatment programme. Additional procedure rooms, four consulting rooms, four counselling rooms, a new waiting area, data-capturing room and more toilets will be built to accommodate extra patients.The funds will also be used to improve the hospital’s pharmacy and drug-dispensing area.Focus on high-risk communitiesFaiza Steyn, the department’s spokesperson, said French President Nicholas Sarkozy made a pledge to boost ARV infrastructure in the Western Cape after visiting it in September 2008.“The two major constraints for the inclusion of more patients in the antiretroviral therapy programme are the shortage of human resources and the lack of health infrastructure,” she said.Steyn added that the funds will also help achieve the National Strategic Plan goals, which include reducing new HIV infections by 50% and improving access to treatment services by 80%, by 2011.“Health services dedicated to HIV/Aids and TB patients need to be increased, and implemented closer to the communities, especially in the most affected high-risk areas,” she said.Provincial minister of health Theuns Botha welcomed the grant, saying the Western Cape government did not have the necessary financial resources to meet all the needs of public healthcare.“We cannot do this alone. We are so grateful to the French government for their continued support to this province.”Botha said the department is currently working on extending and renovating all community health centres in the province so they all offer services to treat and manage HIV/Aids, TB and other chronic conditions.French ambassador to South Africa Jacques Lapouge said the Grabouw clinic was one of the many projects his government was funding in Africa through the French Development Agency.The organisation falls under France’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, and is tasked with implementing social and economic upliftment projects in developing countries.African states are the agency’s main focus, receiving about half of the funding. Other countries it assists are in the Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Asia.last_img read more

Open Thread: Is China Really Threatened by U.S. Social Media?

first_imgOne of the breakthrough moments for Twitter came in June 2009, when people in Iran used Twitter to protest the country’s election results. This gave Twitter a lot of exposure in western mainstream media. But more than that, other countries where democracy is tenuous sat up and took notice.The Chinese government started to view social media services as a way for “subversive” citizens to cause trouble. The New York Times recently reported that a January 24 editorial in People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China’s official newspaper, blamed “online warfare launched by America, via YouTube video and Twitter micro-blogging” for sowing discord amongst the Iranian people. China currently blocks prominent U.S. social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. However, it’s arguable how important those services are to Chinese citizens. As digital consultant Wei Wang guest blogged on ReadWriteWeb in November, “every social media category has a Chinese equivalent that is tuned to the particular needs of the mainland Chinese market.”Kaiser Kuo, a leading commentator about the Chinese Internet market, gave us further context in a comment on an August 2009 article on ReadWriteWeb:“Yes, there are some Chinese who use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services that have been blocked in China. But the overwhelming majority of people interested in SNS will use, say, QQZone, or Xiaonei (recently rebranded Renren), or the very popular SNS Kaixin001, or 51.com. Youtube is blocked, but long before that Youtube was a distant also-ran in the Internet video race, far behind sites like Youku.com and Tudou.com. Microblogging sites like Jiwai.de, Fanfou, and Zuosa — all of which, lamentably, are now out of service in the aftermath of Urumqi — all boast(ed) user numbers that dwarf the number of Twitter users in China.” It’s clear that the Chinese government really is threatened by the rise of social media, because those services give citizens a voice in media – and that voice can potentially reach a global audience. But let’s be realistic: how much of a threat to freedom of speech is banning Twitter in a country where other types of social media are much more popular anyway.What do you think – are we in the West making too much of an issue of China banning Twitter, Facebook and similar social media sites? Just because they’re popular with us, doesn’t mean they’re as popular (and therefore dangerous) in a country like China. Are we over-reacting to the Chinese government’s moves against U.S. social media? There’s no doubting the impact of social media on our day-to-day lives in 2010. In the western world, most big brands have Facebook and Twitter accounts nowadays, many TV journalists “write a blog” about their beat every day, and services like YouTube are widely consumed. However it’s the rise of social media as a tool for social activitism that has really brought these technologies to the fore. Sometime over the past year, it reached the point where some governments became threatened by social media and started cracking down on it. China has been the most high profile example recently. But does the Chinese government really care about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as much as we in the west think they do?Comment Highlights:Joel: China “will restrict the foreign original and support a more easily regulated domestic alternative.”Gabriela: “While it is true that there are Chinese alternatives, those sites are not nearly as open.”key: “China govt blocks websites not according to their popularity, but to their degree of freedom.” Tags:#international#Open Thread#Social Web#web richard macmanus Related Postslast_img read more

Cone on Game 6 collapse: Close out games are the hardest

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Best two words in sports: Game 7. It really is. There’s nothing more exciting or suspense filled that playing Game 7 and I think the best thing you could do is to enjoy playing in a Game 7.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cone wasn’t alone in his disappointment, as the record crowd of 53,642 who attended the game at the massive Philippine Arena went dead silent, confused why Ginebra didn’t capitalize on its advantage.But in the 59-year-old mentor’s eyes, the Gin Kings’ defeat underscored how tough it is to finish off any series, especially with championships hanging in the balance.“Close out games are really hard to do. It’s just a hard thing to get done, and I have a number in my career and never found a surefire way to win that close out game,” he said.Rather than dwell on the defeat, the 19-time PBA champion coach would rather shift his focus towards the final game of the season on Friday.“We can’t spend time feeling bad about Game 6. It’s done and over. We got to move on to Game 7 already. I guess this is what everybody wanted — a Game 7,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra coach Tim Cone minced no words when assessing the dismal showing of his side on the heels of its 98-91 defeat to Meralco in Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday.“We got off to a bad start, they got off to a great start. We tried to catch up the whole game, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Gin Kings found themselves down early, trailing the Bolts by as much as 20 points, 24-44, in the second quarter as Cone desperately tried to wake his wards from their slumber.The lackluster play from the defending champion aggravated Cone’s frustrations, and he ended up pleading for every call in the first half before ultimately slumping in his chair in disgust.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Ginebra strung a better performance in the second half and trimmed the deficit to as low as four, 90-86, in the payoff period, Meralco just had more in its tank as it equalized the series and forced the winner-take-all Game 7.“We just couldn’t make a big stop when we needed it, we just couldn’t get a big rebound when we needed it,” the seasoned mentor said. “We made a couple of runs, but just when we made a big run we just can’t make a big stop or get a big rebound or hit a big shot.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more