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IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 264, 16 December 2005

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


AFRICA: Children suffer despite growing humanitarian efforts - UNICEF
AFRICA: New drugs urgently needed



AFRICA: Children suffer despite growing humanitarian efforts - UNICEF

Most of the world's children are falling through the cracks in schooling and healthcare programmes, even as global efforts became more focused on improving their lives, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report on Wednesday.

In its 'State of the World's Children 2006' the agency charged that "virtually invisible" boys and girls were still the victims of a plethora of abuses, including sexual exploitation, trafficking and treatable diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

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AFRICA: New drugs urgently needed

The lack of newer AIDS drugs in Africa could jeopardise the lives of people already receiving the treatment, medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned.

With many countries on the continent embarking on national programmes to provide antiretrovirals (ARVs), the first-line drug regimen has become cheaper and widely available. But as resistance to the basic drugs inevitably builds up, there will be a need for a second generation of drugs within a few years.

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Recent AFRICA Reports
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 270, 10 February 2006,  10/Feb/06
Year in Review 2005 - Uneven progress in treatment provision,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 269, 3 February 2006,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 268, 27 January 2006,  27/Jan/06
Concern as MSF starts handover of HIV/AIDS treatment,  24/Jan/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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