Monday, 05 December 2011 07:59

HIV/AIDS: Feeling the pinch

 

Faced with the global economic downturn and less money from donors, national HIV programmes in East and Southern Africa - the region hardest hit by HIV/AIDS - are struggling to stay afloat. IRIN/PlusNews brings you a wrap of countries feeling the biggest pinch.

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As the 16th International Conference on AIDS in Africa (ICASA) gets underway in Ethiopia, UNICEF is appealing to governments and donors to keep up their support for HIV and AIDS programmes across the continent and seize the opportunity to eliminate new infections among children.

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The XVI International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) opened on Sunday 4 December in Addis Ababa. Delegates from across the world are convening in Ethiopia to discuss the HIV-related challenges faced by Africa, as well as future strategies for consolidation and development of national AIDS responses.

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On 01 December 2011 the Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS – eastern and southern Africa (RIATT-ESA) launched its children’s photo exhibition online at www.riatt-esa.org. Vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS from Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa took photos using disposable cameras along the theme of “What my community does for me and what I do for my community”. The photos will also be exhibited at the upcoming International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) to be held from 4-8 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Health organizations advocating for condom accessibility in secondary schools to support youth reproductive health, Friday held a media advocacy workshop.

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A proposed initiative to distribute condoms to Rwandan secondary school students has divided parents, teachers and other members of society, with some cheering the plan and others concerned that teens are not mature enough to use condoms responsibly.

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At Ifo trading centre, a short distance from northeastern Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, Hawa*, a teenage girl, sits in a dark room on an old jerry can holding a small bunch of fresh khat, a mild stimulant, ostensibly for sale.

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Children and young people continue to lack accurate and comprehensive knowledge of HIV and how to avoid sexual transmission of HIV. The silence around sexuality in general and children’s sexuality in particular generates misconceptions, myths and misinformation which contribute to children and adolescents risky sexual practices.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:48

RWANDA: Men Urged to Support MTCT Services

 

The Senior Prevention Advisor at United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS), Karusa Kiragu, has urged men to get involved in the elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

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Monday, 29 August 2011 13:30

ZIMBABWE: Pregnant Women Shun HIV-Testing

 

There is nothing as painful as watching a child withering away with an illness which could have been easily avoided. But pregnant mothers still deny their children the right to live a healthy life by refusing to get tested for HIV and Aids early.

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