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SOUTHERN AFRICA: Women take sexual risks to feed their families
31 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: A winning recipe for PMTCT but few follow it
19 September 2007 (PlusNews ), A success story, at last: Botswana has lowered the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to less than four percent, coming close to developed countries that have almost eliminated paediatric AIDS.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The effect of migration on HIV rates
13 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Trying to measure the impact of the Zimbabwean exodus on HIV/AIDS rates in the region is so fraught with ifs, buts and maybes that the only reasonable assumption is that, like other migrants, economic migrants may run a higher risk of infection than they would have if they had not left their homes.
AFRICA: MPs must push for women's access to health services
12 September 2007 (PlusNews ), African parliamentarians need to push public policy to focus more on women's health issues, delegates attending a regional workshop organised by the Parliamentarians for Women's Health (PWH) [] in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, heard this week.
BOTSWANA: Report delves into HIV risks of sex workers and their clients
30 July 2007 (PlusNews ), They sell sex for money or goods. It's a risky business - and illegal in Botswana - but female sex workers are out there, and so are the clients who keep them in business.
GLOBAL: Women want a bigger piece of the funding pie
10 July 2007 (PlusNews ), After burning the midnight oil for many weeks while preparing a US$50 million gender-based project proposal to lay before the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Swazi activists found that it had vanished from their country's grant application. They were dumbfounded.
GLOBAL: Global forum for women with HIV
5 July 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS does not only travel with truckers along African highways; it flies business class with men in dark suits, crawls into marriages and lurks in playgrounds. It smiles at you every day at work and, disproportionately, affects African women and girls because of gender inequalities.
AFRICA: Donors call the shots in HIV/AIDS sector
21 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Large international donor agencies have become major players in Africa's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Despite talk of 'partnering' with their recipients, they have usually called the shots. Unsurprisingly, considering the millions of dollars in play, they have insisted on high levels of transparency and accountability from recipients and have punished perceived corruption or mismanagement by hasty withdrawals of funds.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Small AIDS organisations lost in funding maze
21 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Millions of donor dollars earmarked for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment pour into Africa every year. The lion's share is channelled through governments and the well-known, international NGOs that are assumed to have the capacity to manage large sums of money; but countless smaller, home-grown initiatives, many of them started by local people in response to an urgent need in their communities, battle for a piece of the pie.
BOTSWANA: Female condom gets a makeover
5 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Botswana's government has turned to advertising and marketing to give the usually unpopular female condom more prominence in its fight against HIV/AIDS.
BOTSWANA: Civil servants targeted in VCT drive
1 September 2006 (PlusNews ), At least 20 percent of civil servants in Botswana are being targeted for voluntary HIV counselling and testing, said Mmaoneka Makati, assistant director of the Directorate of Public Service Management.
BOTSWANA: Wide support for routine HIV testing - study
21 July 2006 (PlusNews ), A University of California study shows there is wide support for Botswana's policy of routine HIV testing, from which people can "opt out".
BOTSWANA: Racing to keep resistant HIV at bay
13 June 2006 (PlusNews ), The sustainability of the national HIV treatment programme in Botswana, and elsewhere in Africa, depends on avoiding widespread drug resistance that could threaten long-term affordability. Patients who miss even five percent of their drug doses can develop resistant strains of the virus, and will need to switch to second-line medication at more than double the cost.
BOTSWANA: No refuge from HIV/AIDS in Dukwi camp
12 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Dukwi refugee camp sprawls for into the Botswana bush along the road between Francistown, Botswana's second city, and the Zambian border to the north, but there is little to show that 3,000 individuals from 14 countries, mostly Somalia, Angola and Namibia, are living here.
BOTSWANA: Care for caregivers at new centre
5 June 2006 (PlusNews ), A new centre in Botswana is piloting some innovate strategies to address the emotional and medical needs of HIV/AIDS healthcare providers.
BOTSWANA: More funds need to curb HIV/AIDS-related child deaths
20 April 2006 (PlusNews ), More resources could help curb the increasing number of children dying of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in Botswana, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
BOTSWANA: Decline in teen AIDS rates reported
9 March 2006 (PlusNews ), Botswana has reported a reduction in HIV prevalence among youths aged 15 to 19.
BOTSWANA: Lukewarm response to HIV discordance study
14 February 2006 (PlusNews ), Botswana's 'Netefatso' study, which monitors HIV transmission among couples in so-called 'sero-discordant' relationships (where one partner is HIV-positive), has received a disappointing enrolment.
BOTSWANA: Routine HIV testing not as straightforward as it sounds
31 January 2006 (PlusNews ), Botswana's decision to introduce routine HIV testing in all its health facilities was driven by the growing realisation that plans to provide anti-AIDS medication were likely to fail unless more people were tested.
BOTSWANA: Baby steps in bringing down teen pregnancy
10 November 2005 (PlusNews ), In the last two weeks, Kebogo Kesenye, a social worker at a community clinic in Bontleng, a poor township in Gaborone, Botswana's capital, has seen and counselled three pregnant teenagers.

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