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[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
An end to the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only with better access to HIV testing and treatment, say IFRC and GNP+

Cape Town/Geneva/Melbourne, 18 July 2014: Access to testing, counselling, treatment and care, as well as a lack of knowledge of one’s HIV status are the biggest barriers to accessing life-saving treatment and care, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) highlighted today, in the lead-up to the 20th International AIDS Conference starting on Sunday in Melbourne.
Globally, an estimated 35.3 million people …

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[14 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
HIV re-emerges in ‘cured’ Mississippi girl

The following article conveys extremely disheartening news. A cure for HIV, and/or more comprehensive prevention measures are often not discussed in our culture. The information is out there, but few feel the need to access this knowledge. Grassrooted believes in accurate and comprehensive approaches to knowledge sharing, and that is why we feel we should share this to underpin how many miles we have to go before we sleep. 

10 July 2014

A baby girl in the US born …

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[27 Jun 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
United Nations’ ‘Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ is for us Global Day for the Human Rights of People who Use Drugs

(London, 26 June 2014) According to the United Nations, the 26th June is ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’. For communities of people who use drugs, it is a day to reflect on the heavy toll that the war on drugs has had on our health and the full realization of our human rights.
Perhaps the greatest health threat posed by the war on drugs and by the systemic criminalization, exclusion and marginalization of …

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[28 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The invisible generation – why are the deaths of adolescents living with HIV being forgotten?

New coalition calls for urgent response to expand treatment and care for adolescents living with HIV 

The World Health Organization released a report last week that reveals HIV is the second leading cause of death amongst adolescents aged 10-19 globally, and the number one cause in Africa.[1] Adolescents are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are decreasing for all other age groups.
In light of this stark statistic, a new coalition was formed to catalyze immediate …

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[26 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
New hepatitis resolution is passed at world health assembly; challenges World Health Organization and member states to act

Today new hepatitis resolution is passed at world health assembly; challenges World Health Organization and member states to act
Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2014 —Today, four years after introducing its first viral hepatitis resolution, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—passed the Hepatitis Resolution, which commits the WHO and United Nations (UN) member states to urgent action to address the global hepatitis pandemic, including that of hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Globally, an …

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[23 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Life, without love…paintings by Nihal Senarathna

Photo credit: Satya Bashi
“Life without love” is an emotional journey in search of love, wherever it is in daylight or in darkness. The paintings talk about violence, loneliness, lust, limitations and  hope in human relationships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Working as a counsellor and listening to the pain and disappointments of people has fueled his creativity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An insatiable curiosity and interest for emotions, imagination and the scars left on souls have always been an inspiration to my work,  Nihal says.
 
Exhibition is on display …

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[29 Apr 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2014 Review

 
What this V Day 2014 Review  does not tell you is that the cast had a discussion with sex workers to understand the realities they face in Sri Lanka. Most of the cast members had not had this opportunity to sit face to face with sex workers and discuss the challenges they face on the streets and from their clients. The main issues that arose were around the absence of human dignity and violence they encounter on …

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Today’s Papers – A Reflection

Contentious casinos, “militant” Buddhism, bank robberies, daughters murdered, young girls forced into sex work… What conclusion could someone reading the paper today arrive at? What would those in our past say? And what would our children think we allowed for? How would they be affected in the coming decades?