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ReproNet-Africa Newsletter

Welcome!

Welcome to the new ReproNet-Africa Newsletter. We are delighted to present the latest SRH updates from around and about Africa in this new format. Articles in this format are less narrative and contain summaries of articles linked to main articles on-line. In the spirit of keeping abreast of emerging trends we invite you to subscribe to the revamped social media sites including facebook, googleplus, LinkedIn and twitter. These sites make use of brief "micro-blog" formats and ease of mobile posting allow you to post and follow up-to-the-minute news, research and other announcements.

We would also like to extend a special welcome to our newest institutional members the Unit of Reproductive Health and Research in Cote d'Ivoire (CRESARCI), and the Rural Reproductive Health Initiative Kenya (RRHI-K).

In this month's newsletter we focus on cervical cancer which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and has devastating consequences on women's health worldwide. This issue aims to highlight the advances made in cervical cancer prevention and treatment. We feature a compilation of abstracts from the HPV Research team at the Wits RHI; training courses; employment and funding opportunities; and upcoming events.

As always we would love to hear from you so send us your feedback about this issue and/or suggestions for future issues. 

 

Warmest regards

 

Nkunda

nvundamina@wrhi.ac.za 

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News

Two shots of HPV vaccine against cervical cancer enough, says WHO

News that a reduced dosage of cervical cancer vaccine is just as effective for girls under 15 should reduce cases in poor countries. Reaching a greater number of girls in developing countries with the HPV vaccine that can prevent most cases of cervical cancer has just become more feasible. The World Health Organisation's expert advisory group said that two shots …

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Zambia: Set up cancer screening centres

By Chatula Kampo A NDOLA-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is appealing to Government to consider establishing cervical cancer screening centres in higher learning institutions countrywide. Jobrit Global Recreation wants Government to consider establishing cancer screening centres in colleges and universities country wide, to encourage early cancer detection. Executive director Joseph Samalesu said the setting up of the centres would encourage youths in …

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Research

Prevalence and correlates of Mycoplasma genitalium in HIV-positive African women

Sawadogo B (1), Muzah B (2), Gilham C (3), Djigma, F (4), Maseko V (5), Kelly H (3), Simpore, J (4), Lewis, D.A. (5), Segondy M (6) , Mayaud P (3) on behalf of the HARP Study Group (1) Centre de Recherche Internationale sur la Sante, Ouagadougou University, Burkina Faso (2) Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the …

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Performance of cervical cancer screening tests in HIV positive women in Africa: influence of CD4 counts

Delany S (1), Weiss HA (2), Lompo O (3), Doutre S (4), Omar, T (1), Kelly HA (2), Zan S (3), Michelow P (1), Costes V (4), Mayaud P (2) on behalf of the HARP Study group. (1) Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Wits University, South Africa (2) London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK (3) Centre de Recherche …

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HPV genotype distribution in HIV-positive African women and associations with high grade histological lesions by CD4+ count

Kelly H (1), Ngou J (2), Sawadogo B (3), Muzah B (4), Gilham C (1), Nagot N (2), Meda N (3), Delany S (4), Segondy M (2), Mayaud P (1) on behalf of the HARP Study Group (1) London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK (2) University of Montpellier 1 & INSERM U1058, France (3) Centre de Recherche Internationale …

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Epidemiology of Low Risk Human Papillomavirus infection (LR-HPV) and Genital Warts in HIV Positive Women in Africa: results from the HARP study

Chikandiwa A (¹),Delany-MoretlweS (1), Sawadogo B  (2),Gibson L (3), Ngou J (4), Kelly H (3), Didelot M.N (4), Meda N (2), Weiss H (3),  Segondy M (4) and Mayaud P (1,3) on behalf of the HARP Study Group. Email address for corresponding and presenting author:  achikandiwa@wrhi.ac.za (1) Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute,University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa,(2) Centre de Recherche …

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Prospective evaluation of cervical screening methods in HIV posititve women in Africa (HARP study): Baseline results

Kelly H (1), Muzah B (2), Sawadogo B (3), Didelot M (4), Michelow P (2), Lompo O (3), Doutre S (4), Gilham C (1), Von Knorring N (2), Zan S (3), Delany S (2), Omar T (2), Meda N (3), Drabo J (3), Weiss H (1), Legood R (1), Nagot N (4), Segondy M (4), Costes V (4), Mayaud P (1) (1) London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK (2) Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Wits University, …

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Training Courses

Call for applications: Research Methods Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and Gender-Based Violence

Course dates: 17 -28 November, 2014 Venue: Johannesburg Closing date for applications: 30 June, 2014.  Are you a clinician, researcher or other professional in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) or HIV looking to improve your research skills? Are you currently conducting or planning to conduct SRH or HIV research in the near future and wanting to learn …

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Clinical HIV Management Course

Course dates: 04 –15 August 2014     10—21 November 2014 Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa   AIM The aim of this course is to provide doctors with regional HIV treatment knowledge and expertise, by developing clinicians’ abilities to effectively manage HIV complications and provide leadership in HIV prevention, treatment and care. The course is full time, Monday …

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Funding

Scholarships and fellowships for students from Commonwealth countries

These awards enable Commonwealth citizens to study for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in other countries: find out who is eligible and how to apply. Overview The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme that awards scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK supports around 800 awards every year. Eligibility If you …

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UNESCO/People's Republic of China (The Great Wall) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

Deadline for submission of applications: 06 June 2014 What is it about? With a view to promoting international exchanges in the field of education, culture, communication, science and technology, and to enhancing friendship among peoples of the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China has placed at the disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2014-2015, under the …

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Upcoming events

20th International AIDS Conference

Melbourne, Australia, 20 - 25 July 2014. Read more.

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Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Cape Town. 30 September - 3 October 2014. Read more.

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Call for articles!

In order to consistently capture the most important SRH issues across the continent we encourage you our readers to participate  by providing article suggestions for each issue. These article suggestions include: 

• News and research updates

• Training courses

• Reports

• Career

• Educational and funding opportunities

• Announcements such as calls for papers/abstracts/concept proposals;

• Upcoming events

• Useful website links

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Thank you!

Special thanks for suggestions and article contributions made towards this issue go to Tshepo Mashao (Wits RHI, South Africa); Dr Sinead Delany-Moretlwe (Wits RHI, South Africa) and Dr Admire Chikandiwa (Wits RHI, South Africa).

We look forward to receiving more of your article suggestions for future issues. These as well as any feedback can be sent to Nkunda Vundamina (nvundamina@wrhi.co.za)

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