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SUDAN: Awareness-raising takes a softly-softly approach
9 January 2008 (PlusNews ), In a market square just outside the town of Kassala, near the border with Eritrea in eastern Sudan, every plastic chair is filled and there is standing room only when the two men come on stage to perform their songs and skits about HIV and AIDS.
SUDAN: Prevention efforts target truckers and tea-sellers
8 January 2008 (PlusNews ), It takes 36 hours to drive a heavily laden truck from Port Sudan, a major transportation hub on Sudan's eastern Red Sea coast, to the capital city of Khartoum. Ramshackle truck stations have sprung up along the dusty, rubbish-strewn route where drivers can catch a few hours sleep and buy food and tea from local shack dwellers.
SUDAN: Fadia Awad: "Three years ago, this house was full of women...they don't come anymore"
7 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Fadia Awad lives with her son, Hamid, 8, in a small settlement outside Kassala in eastern Sudan. She belongs to the Rashaida tribe, a traditionally nomadic people who emigrated from the Arabian Peninsula in the nineteenth century. She and her son have both been shunned by their community because they are HIV-positive.
SUDAN: Angelina Lino: "I tell people I have HIV so they can know it's real"
10 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Angelina Lino, 23, works as a volunteer at People Living with AIDS in Southern Sudan (PLASS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Juba, the provincial capital. A trained mechanic and driver, she discovered that she was HIV-positive in March 2007 and declared her status in an effort to keep more young people from contracting the virus. She shared her story with IRIN/PlusNews.
SUDAN: HIV, sexual violence messages struggle to get across
4 December 2007 (PlusNews ), A short skit on HIV grips the attention of the audience; the HI virus, dressed in bright red and wearing what is intended to be a horrifying mask, warns of the doom that is sure to follow anyone who dares to take sexual risks.
SUDAN: ARV shortages slow treatment efforts in the south
14 August 2007 (PlusNews ), The unavailability of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in southern Sudan is threatening thousands of lives and forcing many patients to travel to neighbouring Uganda in search of the medication.
SUDAN-UGANDA: Programmes disregard HIV among the elderly
27 July 2007 (PlusNews ), Agnes Buya*, 66, lies in the infectious diseases ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in southern Sudan. Painfully thin, she has been suffering from tuberculosis for the last year. "I came to the hospital a few days ago; the family who were caring for me couldn't look after me anymore," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "As soon as I got here the doctor tested me for HIV and found me positive."
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.
SUDAN: "I am HIV-positive, only my wife doesn't know"
25 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Stephen, 25, from Maridi County in South Sudan, has lived with HIV for two years, but has kept it a secret from his wife. He says he wants to be open about his status, but fears his wife's reaction.
SUDAN: Juba's street children survive at risk of HIV
22 June 2007 (PlusNews ), In the marketplaces of Juba, South Sudan's capital, young boys chant: "Washing feet, washing feet!" Others simply stand with their hands out, asking repeatedly for "a little money" or "a bit of food".
SUDAN: Former rebel SPLA seizing the initiative on HIV
29 May 2007 (PlusNews ), The leadership of the former rebel southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) has launched a new offensive, this time against the AIDS pandemic in the region.
SUDAN: New road map to chart course against AIDS in the south
12 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Efforts to control the spread of HIV in southern Sudan have been given a shot in the arm by a US $28.5 million grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, as well as a new roadmap for containing the epidemic.
SUDAN: Fighting ignorance and stigma on a shoestring
9 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Health workers in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State in southern Sudan, face great odds in trying to counter the ignorance and stigma that prevents people benefiting from available HIV/AIDS services.

17 January 2007 (PlusNews ), The classroom has become a front line in the fight against AIDS in southern Sudan, where many teenagers are attending school for the first time now that the 21-year civil war has ended.
SUDAN: Darfur at risk of mounting HIV/AIDS epidemic
7 December 2006 (PlusNews ), The United Nations is raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in Sudan, but has warned that infection rates may be on the rise in the unstable Darfur region.
SUDAN: Coping with stigma in the conservative north
6 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Nine years ago, while working in Libya, Sudanese Professor Jalal Mohamed was diagnosed with a severe case of nostalgia. He was listless and had no appetite, but because he had passed all his physicals to work overseas, doctors attributed his malaise to homesickness.
SUDAN: Fighting the HIV/AIDS enemy in Darfur
6 September 2006 (PlusNews ), A group of faith-based organisations is teaching communities affected by three years of conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan to defend themselves against HIV/AIDS.
SUDAN: Poor services, ignorance hamper HIV/AIDS fight in south
22 August 2006 (PlusNews ), There are no HIV testing and counselling centres in Bentiu, the main town in southern Sudan's oil-rich Unity State, and statistics are scarce, but that does not mean the disease does not exist.
SUDAN: Minister calls on media to join anti-AIDS campaign
17 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Sudanese Minister of Health Tabitha Boutrous has called on the media to play a more active role in the fight against HIV/AIDS by educating the nation about the pandemic.

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