Monthly Archive: February 2016

Vaginal ring is sort of effective at preventing HIV infections in women

Vaginal ring is sort of effective at preventing HIV infections in women

Findings that a vaginal ring could prevent the transmission of HIV in some women elicited cheers and cautious sighs of relief in the global health community. Two separate studies of the dapivirine ring found that it cut HIV cases by 30 percent among women who used it as opposed to those using a placebo. Author: Tom Murphy

Non-doctor emergency surgeons are saving thousands of lives in rural Ethiopian hospitals

Non-doctor emergency surgeons are saving thousands of lives in rural Ethiopian hospitals

Our Southern Ethiopia Gwent Health Care Link was the first to introduce Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes in emergency surgical and obstetric training for non-doctor health officers in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia in 2000. By the end of 2005, after consultation between our organisation, THET, the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, WHO, Addis Ababa University representatives, and the British Embassy (which was at that time funding our CME programme), consensus was reached on starting a task force in the country to develop a Masters programme in emergency surgery and obstetrics. The task force involved all the then-existing five...