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  1. KENYA: Study shows HIV stigma a barrier to health facility births
  2. HEALTH: Global South leads the way towards universal healthcare coverage
  3. SOUTH AFRICA: Mthetho Tshemese, “All you hear about are the deaths, the injuries, the botched circumcisions"
  4. UGANDA: Questions over government's ability to cut new HIV infections
  5. HEALTH: The "unfinished business" of lowering child mortality
  6. UGANDA: Government adopts new PMTCT strategy


KENYA: Study shows HIV stigma a barrier to health facility births
NAIROBI/KISUMU، 10/9/2012 (IRIN) - When the time came for 24-year-old Jane Atieno to deliver her second child, she sought the services of a traditional birth attendant rather than the local clinic so she wouldn't have to be tested for HIV or agonize over how to tell her husband that health workers wanted him to attend her antenatal check-ups. full report
HEALTH: Global South leads the way towards universal healthcare coverage
JOHANNESBURG، 11/9/2012 (IRIN) - An increasing number of developing countries are introducing universal healthcare coverage - and creating new models to do it - according to research published in The Lancet. Lessons learned from countries like Ghana, India and Rwanda are already shaping the way countries like South Africa are beginning to pilot their own bids for universal coverage. full report
SOUTH AFRICA: Mthetho Tshemese, “All you hear about are the deaths, the injuries, the botched circumcisions"
JOHANNESBURG، 11/9/2012 (IRIN) - Mthetho Tshemese is a psychologist from South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, the traditional homeland of the country’s Xhosa community, in which traditional circumcision marks a boy’s transition to manhood. Tshemese is also a featured author in a new book about HIV and gender, (Un)covering Men, in which he writes about this traditional, and controversial, initiation. full report
UGANDA: Questions over government's ability to cut new HIV infections
KAMPALA، 12/9/2012 (IRIN) - In response to rising HIV prevalence, Uganda's government has announced a strategy to reduce new HIV infections by up to 30 percent by 2015, but activists have cast doubt on its ability to achieve this ambitious goal. full report
HEALTH: The "unfinished business" of lowering child mortality
NAIROBI، 13/9/2012 (IRIN) - In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still. full report
UGANDA: Government adopts new PMTCT strategy
KAMPALA، 14/9/2012 (IRIN) - The government of Uganda has launched the UN World Health Organization's (WHO) "Option B+" to boost the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). full report
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