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ETHIOPIA: Flower industry needs to nip HIV in the bud
17 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Ethiopia's flower industry is a booming business, but AIDS campaigners fear that inaction by farm owners and government, combined with a poorly educated workforce, could provide fertile ground for HIV.
ETHIOPIA: Rural HIV - time to wake up and smell the coffee
16 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Like his neighbours in the southern Ethiopian district of Yirgacheffe, Birhanu Gizamu is a smallholder coffee farmer. Unlike the rest of the community, however, he has no hesitation in whipping out a crumpled blue card from the clinic which proclaims his HIV status.
ETHIOPIA: Aster Beyene, 21, "I knew the risk I was taking, but my family had to eat"
16 April 2007 (PlusNews ), By day, Aster Beyene [not her real name], 21, is a saleslady at a boutique in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa; by night she attends computer school. After losing her mother and older brother to AIDS-related illnesses, Beyene has been left with the responsibility of feeding and clothing her remaining siblings.
ETHIOPIA: New strategy to tackle reproductive health issues
12 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Ethiopia has launched a national strategy on adolescent and reproductive health that aims to tackle the problems of early marriages and pregnancies, female circumcision, abduction and rape, and poor access to healthcare for 10- to 24-year-olds.
ETHIOPIA: Urban farming boosts families affected by HIV
19 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Twelve-year-old Woinishet Wujura's dedication to her gardening duties would be surprising in someone her age, but the land she is tilling has been a lifeline for her and her family because the farm is run exclusively by and for women and children affected by AIDS.
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.
ETHIOPIA: Inequality, gender-based violence raise HIV/AIDS risk for women
8 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Efforts to address the plight of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS are lagging behind in Ethiopia's profoundly conservative society, while they continue to bear the brunt of the epidemic.
ETHIOPIA: Funeral associations - for the living as well as the dead
21 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Support for Ethiopian families affected by the AIDS pandemic has come from an unexpected source - local funeral associations, known as edirs.
ETHIOPIA: Eritrean refugees desperate for HIV services
2 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Every evening as the sun sets over the hills of northern Ethiopia, young couples can be seen strolling past the coffee shops and pool halls of Shimelba refugee camp.
ETHIOPIA: Poverty forcing girls into risky sex work
18 October 2006 (PlusNews ), The nightclubs of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, reveal a thriving sex industry, in which thousands of skimpily dressed young women trade sexual favours for cash to survive, putting them at risk of contracting HIV and spreading the disease.
ETHIOPIA: Confidential hotline getting people talking
12 October 2006 (PlusNews ), It means family in Amharic, Ethiopia's main language, but the 'Wegen' AIDS helpline's main strength is the anonymity it provides people seeking answers in a society uncomfortable with openly talking about the disease.
ETHIOPIA: WFP scheme sustaining thousands affected by HIV
7 September 2006 (PlusNews ), A UN World Food Programme (WFP) initiative is providing nutritional support to thousands of poor, HIV-affected families in Ethiopia, where hunger is still a major problem more than twenty years after famine killed an estimated one million people.
ETHIOPIA: VCT attendance on the increase
30 August 2006 (PlusNews ), More than 200,000 people made use of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) services in Ethiopia during the past fiscal year, according to Dereje Seyoum, acting head of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office in the capital, Addis Ababa.
ETHIOPIA: WFP to provide food for HIV-affected households
23 August 2006 (PlusNews ), The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to expand its urban HIV/AIDS programme to provide nutritional assistance to 110,000 people in 14 towns until December 2007.
ETHIOPIA: Poverty limiting treatment options for HIV-positive children
21 June 2006 (PlusNews ), With an estimated 2.6 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS over the last decade, Ethiopia faces an uphill battle in its attempts to care for these children.
ETHIOPIA: Women leading with HIV rates
6 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Ethiopian women are now more affected by HIV/AIDS than the general population, ministry of health officials have said.
ETHIOPIA: Mothers urged to join in parent-to-child HIV prevention
25 May 2006 (PlusNews ), The Ethiopian health ministry is urging mothers to join the fight to reduce the number of children born with the HI virus, estimating that just six percent of women have their babies in a health facility.
ETHIOPIA: Kiddie AIDS clinic planned for Addis
2 May 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive children in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, are to benefit from a new initiative by former US President Bill Clinton and the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC).
ETHIOPIA: Poverty threatens efforts to stop mother-to-child HIV transmission
28 April 2006 (PlusNews ), Preventing HIV-positive mothers from infecting their children remains a serious challenge in conservative and impoverished Ethiopia, where women are expected to breastfeed their babies.
ETHIOPIA: Govt treatment programme brings hope to thousands
13 April 2006 (PlusNews ), In January 2005 the Ethiopian government launched a programme to give universal access to free antiretroviral therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS. Just over a year later, the initiative has changed the lives of approximately 23,000 people.

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