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Many nurses go through their healthcare career as unsung heroes. Strain and burden are symptoms that many caregivers have to cope with. Since nurses are acclimatised to stressful situations, they may not realise they themselves are stressed.

It’s the perfect time to thank the nurses and caregivers in your life and to pay special attention to how to care for your caregivers.

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We live in an age of incredible luxury. Many people today have never encountered diseases that were once rampant and harmful - all thanks to vaccinations. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to life-saving immunisation due to their remote living conditions or socio-governmental situations. Moreover, some people opt not to vaccinate themselves or their children, even when vaccines are freely available.

There are many reasons that people cite for opposition to vaccinations. These can be philosophical, religious or concerns about safety. Anti-vaccination movements have been around since vaccines were first created. Today, the internet is flooded with a lot of confusing and contradictory information about vaccinations. The same arguments and misconceptions are seen over and over again.

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There is a vaccine for TB, the BCG (bacille Calmette-Guerin); however, it has some limitations because immunocompromised people cannot receive it. The BCG is nearly a century old, and there is a global effort to find a new, updated version. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF), along with the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) are trialing a few different variations of vaccines in the search for increased efficacy.

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Vaccines protect us from serious illnesses like mumps, polio and rubella. These diseases, which used to be harmful, are today are no longer a threat in situations where child vaccinations are routine. However, an HIV vaccine remains elusive. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is conducting HIV vaccine trials in the hope that one day we will have an effective HIV vaccine to prevent HIV infection.

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Women in blue | Tyler Golato DTHF
To commemorate World Immunisation Week, we are sharing some of our research in HIV immunity trials. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is testing an infusion of HIV antibodies that are administered intravenously for HIV-negative people. The drip has a similar function to a vaccine; it introduces HIV-fighting antibodies to the patient’s immune system. If successful, this drip could prevent many new incidences of HIV in high-risk communities.

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Polio vaccine | Unicef Guinea
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DHTF) has been researching HIV and providing outreach around Cape Town for over a decade. This includes research on the elusive HIV vaccine. This World Immunization Week 2017, we want to share some of the history of immunization, what research is ongoing right now and where vaccines will be in the future.

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This World TB Day 2017 theme is: Unite to End TB; Leave no one behind. Many people infected with TB find themselves discriminated against because of their illness. Others are scared to seek treatment because they fear intolerance, whether that be because of their race, gender, religion or their status as migrants and refugees. We can only end TB if these patients can access treatment.

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A collection of poems around the theme 'The power of one' written by Cape Town Students. They discuss issues around HIV, empowerment and inner-strength.

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Be Bold for Change



8 March is International Womens Day and in 2017 the chosen theme is: Be Bold for Change. Women’s Day can be viewed as a day to celebrate all things that women have contributed and achieved. However, historically Women’s Day is also a day put aside to stand up and challenge social and political norms that still keep women oppressed. It is a day to acknowledge that the fight for equality and fair treatment is not over; there are still many miles to go.

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