Assuming Zambia can learn anything we should learn from Cuba

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Assuming Zambia can learn anything we should learn from Cuba

Postby We should not wear ignorance as a badge of honor » 30th June 2015, 21:52

Dear Zambia,

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV
By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible.

It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early access to prenatal care, testing and drugs to stop these diseases passing from mother to child.

The WHO hopes other countries will be able to achieve the same.

Eliminating infections

Every year, globally, around 1.4 million women living with HIV become pregnant.

Untreated, they have a 15-45% chance of transmitting the virus to their children during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding.

That risk drops to about 1% if antiretroviral medicines are given to both mothers and their babies.

And each year, nearly a million pregnant women worldwide are infected with syphilis.

Again, early screening and treatment of these women can avoid complications for their unborn children.
In Cuba, according to the available official data, less than 2% of children whose mothers have HIV are born with the virus - the lowest rate possible with the available prevention methods.
Globally, seven in every 10 pregnant women living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries receive effective antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmission of the virus to their children.

Among the 22 countries that account for 90% of new HIV infections, eight have already reduced new HIV infections among children by more than 50% since 2009 (based on 2013 data) and another four are close to this mark, the WHO says.

And by 2014, more than 40 countries were testing 95% or more of pregnant women in prenatal care for syphilis.
But experts say many countries must still do more to prevent and treat syphilis.

Dr Carissa Etienne, of the Pan American Health Organization, which has been working with the WHO, said: "Cuba's achievement today provides inspiration for other countries to advance towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis."
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Re: Assuming Zambia can learn anything we should learn from

Postby bitter pill » 30th June 2015, 23:20

Anyone here who is a true Zambian, born and bred, will admit that the typical Zambian national mentality is to expect to be given a magic pill. We expect to simply swallow the magic pill and all our problems are cured.

If anyone tells us, in order to solve our problem we will need to get off our asses and put in some serious work, we say to that person, are you out of your mind? We cannot fathom making any effort to solve any problem.

We Zambians like to be spoon-fed while our lazy asses remain placid, stagnant and lethargic.
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Re: Assuming Zambia can learn anything we should learn from

Postby Wechipumbuwe » 30th June 2015, 23:36

[quote="bitter pill"]Anyone here who is a true Zambian, born and bred, will admit that the typical Zambian national mentality is to expect to be given a magic pill. We expect to simply swallow the magic pill and all our problems are cured.

If anyone tells us, in order to solve our problem we will need to get off our asses and put in some serious work, we say to that person, are you out of your mind? We cannot fathom making any effort to solve any problem.

We Zambians like to be spoon-fed while our lazy asses remain placid, stagnant and lethargic.[/quote]



ain't that a bitch
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Re: Assuming Zambia can learn anything we should learn from

Postby Caterpillar nibbler » 16th July 2015, 21:10

The incapability of Zambians to learn anything is self evident in the Presidents we keep electing. One idiot president after another. Crooks and idiots, that's what we keep electing.

What is that saying about people who keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?
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