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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.
GLOBAL: A new tool for measuring stigma
11 July 2007 (PlusNews ), Rejection. Fear. Anger. These are some of the feelings that come to the surface when HIV-positive women talk about stigma and discrimination.
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.
LESOTHO: Helpline allows children to report abuse
13 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Children in Lesotho will soon be able to report abuse simply by picking up the phone, thanks to a new helpline being piloted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
LESOTHO: New plan to reduce HIV infections in children
16 April 2007 (PlusNews ), The Lesotho government has launched a four-year plan to reduce new HIV infections among children by 50 percent and ensure that all HIV-infected children have access to life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
LESOTHO: State-of-the-art treatment centre but children still die
7 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Fidgeting in a small, plastic chair outside her grandmother's house in Ha Makhoathi, a village near Maseru capital of Lesotho, Limpho Matthews, 7, looks like an ordinary, healthy child. In fact, the first six years of her life consisted of a miserable series of colds, asthma and other illnesses. By the time her mother died in 2005, she was too weak to walk and had to be carried on her grandmother's back.
LESOTHO: New policy to help orphans and vulnerable children
3 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Lesotho's government has approved a policy to care for its growing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
LESOTHO: Testing campaign struggles to get off the ground
20 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Ten months after its official launch, Lesotho's ambitious plan to take the offer of an HIV test to every village and household in the country has yet to get off the ground.
LESOTHO: 'Expert' patients lighten load for clinic staff
18 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Seated at a table recording blood samples in a tiny, overflowing waiting room at Phoholong HIV/AIDS Clinic, about 40km from Maseru, the capital, Miriam Phoofolo could be mistaken for a nurse, but she is in fact a patient.
LESOTHO: OVC situation needs urgent action
11 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Lesotho's Department of Social Welfare says more must be done to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the country.
LESOTHO: Gates, Clinton and Lewis on AIDS visit
10 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former US president Bill Clinton and the UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, are to assess the HIV/AIDS situation in Lesotho this week.
LESOTHO: Govt intensifies efforts to help rape survivors
7 June 2006 (PlusNews ), The Lesotho government is to improve medical care provided to sexual violence survivors after rape cases reported in the first three months of this year climbed to almost the total number for 2005.
LESOTHO: One month to universal HIV testing plan
3 May 2006 (PlusNews ), In just under a month, teams of healthcare workers will start a door-to-door campaign across Lesotho, offering everyone over the age of 12 an on-the-spot HIV test.
LESOTHO: Lack of healthcare workers a drain on new HIV/AIDS plan
27 April 2006 (PlusNews ), As the Lesotho government prepares to launch a 'Know your HIV status' campaign, a shortage of qualified healthcare workers threatens to derail plans to increase access to AIDS treatment in the mountain kingdom.
LESOTHO: 'Know your status' drive needs $12.5m and people's cooperation
6 April 2006 (PlusNews ), The success of Lesotho's plan to increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment will depend on a national commitment to being tested for the virus and a R75 million (US $12.5 million) financial boost.
LESOTHO: Guidelines to help OVC caregivers
5 April 2006 (PlusNews ), A rapidly increasing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Lesotho has forced the government and NGOs to draw up guidelines for their care.
LESOTHO: Govt to announce universal HIV testing plan
29 November 2005 (PlusNews ), In what is considered a groundbreaking move for African healthcare, Lesotho is to become the first country to offer HIV tests to its entire population, British newspaper, The Times, reported on Monday.
LESOTHO: AIDS battle amid food shortages
6 October 2005 (PlusNews ), Lesotho needs food aid for more than half a million people despite a bigger maize crop this year, while the loss of farming skills due to HIV/AIDS is mounting, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.

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