Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN) – Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards “sex positive” approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. “If we look at historical […]

Filipino farmers – a dying breed?

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website.   MANILA, 26 February 2013 (IRIN) – Historically, as countries have industrialized, the number of small farms has dwindled, with workers opting for city life. But the Philippines government is concerned that this trend could exacerbate food insecurity in an import-dependent country already struggling to meet current […]

Philippines typhoon affecting maternal health

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 18 January 2013 (IRIN) – With many health facilities damaged or destroyed in typhoon-affected Mindanao, experts have expressed concern about the state of maternal health care. “Many village health centres were totally destroyed. Even in those centres that were only partially damaged, medical supplies were washed […]