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SOUTHERN AFRICA: New PMTCT drug regimen catching on
29 November 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive mothers in South Africa will have a better chance of not passing the virus to their babies, after the government announced it was switching to a more effective drug regimen, which can reduce the risk of transmission to as little as five percent.
MOZAMBIQUE: Rains, pregnancy and AIDS - a recipe for malaria
23 November 2007 (PlusNews ), On a cloudy Monday morning in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, Cremilda Bulha, 28, dressed in a white T-shirt and traditional capulana cloth skirt, waits in the outpatient line at Maputo Central Hospital.
MOZAMBIQUE: Condom mythology
20 November 2007 (PlusNews ), In the city of Nampula in northern Mozambique, Custodio (last name withheld), 25, who earns his living as a hawker, believes he can prove that condoms contain the HI virus: all you have to do is put one in a container with water and a few hours later "several little bugs" will appear.
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.
MOZAMBIQUE: Businesses invest in AIDS fight
25 September 2007 (PlusNews ), The offices of CETA-Construction and Services in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, are more reminiscent of a health centre than of a company that builds houses, schools and roads. There are boxes of condoms on the reception desk and health-awareness posters hang in the corridors.
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.
MOZAMBIQUE: Islamic leaders try to come to terms with AIDS
3 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Sheik Muhamade Aboulai Cheba's call to prayer wafts over the thatch-and-coral houses behind their four-metre high bamboo fences. The Indian Ocean shimmers between the tall slender trunks of palm trees at the turns and ends of the narrow, sandy alleys they shade. This is Paquitequete, the oldest neighbourhood in Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique's northernmost province.
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: Sexuality a human right for HIV positive women
9 July 2007 (PlusNews ), Abstinence or a sexually active life? The dilemma, faced daily by HIV-positive women around the world, was discussed by delegates attending the first global conference on women and AIDS, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
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.
MOZAMBIQUE: Injecting drug use - a shot in the arm for HIV prevalence
26 June 2007 (PlusNews ), In Maputo, Mozambique's capital, the neighbourhoods of Serrano and Mafalala are the most popular places for buying drugs. Users visit small, ordinary-looking houses there to buy and shoot up heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.
MOZAMBIQUE: AIDS epidemic overwhelms health facilities
15 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Ana Ndongue, 19, travelled from Buzi, about 30km from the port city of Beira, in Mozambique, in search of a better life.
MOZAMBIQUE: Children battle to get treatment
4 June 2007 (PlusNews ), At Quelimane hospital, in Mozambique's central province of Zambezia, paediatrician Maria João Soromenho encounters a sobbing young mother and her one year-old daughter. The baby is skeletal, no bigger than a newborn, and shows few signs of life.
MOZAMBIQUE: Road show spreads the word about HIV
9 May 2007 (PlusNews ), When the HIV/AIDS information truck shows up in a village in Mozambique's Manica Province, bordering Zimbabwe in the west of the country, dozens of children gather round in anticipation.
MOZAMBIQUE: "The condom broke and I got pregnant"
1 May 2007 (PlusNews ), I am a young, 26-year-old woman. My name is Olivia, but I would like to be known as Hope, because I've learned that there is no name without meaning.
MOZAMBIQUE: HIV-infected women blamed and shunned
20 April 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS often has more devastating consequences for Mozambican women than it does for men. When the virus is detected, they are often accused of bringing HIV into the home, and may even be rejected or abandoned by their families.
MOZAMBIQUE: Antiretrovirals slowly reach rural areas
18 April 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS medication is finally starting to reach remote communities like Chigondole, in a forgotten corner of Zambezia Province.
MOZAMBIQUE: Health worker shortage hinders AIDS response
6 April 2007 (PlusNews ), After a 15-hour journey, retired military officer Teofilo Afonso arrives at the hospital in Vilanculos, a tourist town in the province of Inhambane, where he receives treatment for HIV. He will wait a further five hours before being attended to. Just two doctors staff the hospital, which serves four districts - Vilanculos, Mabote, Govuro, and Inhassoro.
MOZAMBIQUE: The antiretroviral treatment lottery
3 April 2007 (PlusNews ), If you are an HIV-positive Mozambican in need of antiretroviral treatment (ART), life can resemble a lottery, in which your chances of accessing the life-prolonging medication depend on the region, or even the district, where you live.
MOZAMBIQUE: The explosive growth of tuberculosis in Beira slums
23 March 2007 (PlusNews ), TB cases are rising rapidly in the coastal town of Beira, according to local doctors. The city of half a million, which is the capital of Mozambique’s most HIV/AIDS affected province, logged 2,736 new TB cases last year, a 5 percent increase from 2005.

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