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GLOBAL: Leadership determines AIDS performance
25 September 2008 (PlusNews ), As South Africa prepared to swear in a new president on 25 September after the dramatic ousting of Thabo Mbeki four days before, attempts by commentators to summarise the former president's mixed legacy have not failed to mention his controversial stance on AIDS.
GLOBAL: AIDS spending breaks records, but needs more focus
8 July 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS funding to low- and middle-income countries reached a record level in 2007, according to a new report by UNAIDS.
RWANDA: Military to lead the way in male circumcision
3 July 2008 (PlusNews ), The soldiers in the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will be the first men to benefit from a government policy to use male circumcision as a tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to senior health officials.
RWANDA: Taking care of the business of public health
1 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Ensuring that health systems reach the people who need them goes beyond equipping hospitals: investment in the efficient management of finances, drug distribution and data management is vital to the success of the public health sector.
AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang
18 June 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
5 June 2008 (PlusNews ), "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic.
RWANDA: Devotha Mukagasana, "I made a decision to abstain in order not to infect others"
4 March 2008 (PlusNews ), Devotha Mukagasana, a 26-year-old former commercial sex worker and mother of one, is now a member of Tubusezerere (Kinyarwanda for "goodbye to poverty and prostitution"). The group comprises women who have quit the sex trade in favour of other income-generating activities in Rwanda's central district of Muhanga:
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (PlusNews ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (PlusNews ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.
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.
RWANDA: "We didn't take the medicine seriously and now I'm alone"
16 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Claude Nzabirinda, 45, is unemployed and raising five children on his own after his wife's death from AIDS-related complications. He spoke to IRIN/PlusNews about his family's decade-long struggle with HIV.
RWANDA: Handling HIV/AIDS in an active army
26 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Rwanda's small but potent army has been active beyond its borders in recent years, fighting in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region.
RWANDA: Need to incorporate nutrition into kids' HIV programmes
7 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Nearly 45 percent of HIV-positive Rwandan children under five years old are severely malnourished, delegates at a recent paediatric conference on HIV/AIDS heard.
RWANDA: Locals taking AIDS orphans, widows under their wing
23 November 2006 (PlusNews ), The continued poverty and suffering in Rwanda, 12 years after the genocide, is spurring local people to take responsibility for orphans rather than wait for handouts.
RWANDA: Giving AIDS orphans a say in their care
9 October 2006 (PlusNews ), A new participatory method is empowering Rwanda's orphans to take on parental responsibilities and keep child-headed families together.
RWANDA: Guarding against HIV in prisons
24 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Kigali Central Prison (KCP), in the capital of Rwanda, has the nation's highest number of HIV-positive prisoners. "This one [visitor] has been more difficult to keep out. You can't see it coming and it is impossible to see it being passed around," said Vincent Rugema, chief prison warden.
RWANDA: Managing HIV among refugee populations
2 August 2006 (PlusNews ), More than 40,000 Congolese refugees living in camps in neighbouring Rwanda depend on the generosity of donors and their host nation, who provide them with everything from food and water to education and health services.
RWANDA: Gates funds AIDS training centre
25 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Microsoft founder Bill Gates is to establish a training facility for health professionals working with AIDS in Africa's Great Lakes region.
RWANDA: Poverty, landlessness exacerbating impact of HIV
12 July 2006 (PlusNews ), More than 60 percent of Rwanda's eight million people get by on less than a dollar a day, but grinding poverty is an even greater threat to HIV-positive people. Rwanda, one of the world's poorest countries and the most populous in central Africa, has an estimated 340 people per square kilometre. The land is also very unequally divided, with the majority having tiny plots or none at all to cultivate.

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