More women involved in high level decisions concerning HIV/AIDS in Africa, restoration of the Global Fund by donor countries who have backed out of their commitments and fewer excuses by donor countries for lack of funding.

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As the economic crisis continues to reduce global HIV/AIDS funding-especially among African countries-leaders from the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) called on African governments to step up and fill the funding gap.

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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) in collaboration with partners released today a National Accelerated Plan for Scaling up Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Services in Ethiopia.

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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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