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GLOBAL: Falling foul of the Fund
4 November 2008 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was formed in 2001 for the purpose of setting up an innovative approach to providing finance to combat the three diseases that kill more than six million people worldwide every year.
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.
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.
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.
SIERRA LEONE: Women, government launch campaign against sexual violence
4 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Thousands of women recently marched against sexual violence in the main streets of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, as part of a new initiative to end all violence against women; girls as young as 10 years took part in the demonstration that blocked traffic in many parts of the city.
SIERRA LEONE: Long road ahead for awareness programmes
26 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Poor information and a lack of open discussion about sex is fueling an increase in HIV in postwar Sierra Leone, according to Dr Brima Kargbo, acting director of the country's National AIDS Secretariat (NAS).
SIERRA LEONE: Stigma and fear prevent uptake of vital services
26 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Stigma against HIV/AIDS and fear of learning one's status are slowing the uptake of free testing and treatment services in Sierra Leone.
SIERRA LEONE: HIV/AIDS is here to stay and needs to be a priority
10 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Denial and ignorance of HIV/AIDS are still major problems in post-war Sierra Leone, hindering care and support for people living with the virus.
SIERRA LEONE: Enlisting chiefs in the fight against HIV/AIDS
24 August 2006 (PlusNews ), In Sierra Leone, where poverty is endemic and the overwhelming majority are illiterate, the paramount chief is an elected leader and the main conduit through which information is channelled and circulated. The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) hopes to harness this influence in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
SIERRA LEONE: Diamonds not always a girl's best friend
30 June 2006 (PlusNews ), "It was after the war you see, when the rebels had killed my mother and my father, burnt down our house, leaving me and my younger siblings with nothing, nowhere to go and no one to look after us," said Rebecca Esano, 25, a former sex worker in Koidu, a town in the diamond-rich east of Sierra Leone.
SIERRA LEONE: Diamond boom towns ignore threat of AIDS
27 June 2006 (PlusNews ), In rough hewn pits, knee-deep in water, miners pan for diamonds in Koidu, eastern Sierra Leone, searching for the elusive gems that could transform their lives.
SIERRA LEONE: Armed forces break new ground in battle against HIV/AIDS
8 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Soldiers whooped out a cheer as a trio of singers kitted out in combat fatigues crooned "Go for your VCCT test," and a back-up group dressed in purple satin broke into a routine. A pioneering information campaign, better health services and support from army wives are coming together to help Sierra Leone's armed forces fight HIV/AIDS.
SIERRA LEONE: First post-war countrywide survey shows 1.5 percent HIV prevalence
20 December 2005 (PlusNews ), The first countrywide HIV/AIDS survey carried out in Sierra Leone since the end of its 11-year war shows a relatively low prevalence rate of 1.5 percent, according to the head of the National AIDS Secretariat, Brima Kargbo.
SIERRA LEONE: New survey expected to show much higher HIV prevalence rate
17 February 2005 (PlusNews ), Sierra Leone has announced plans to launch a nationwide HIV/AIDS survey in the next two months following widespread indications that the real rate of HIV prevalence is four or five times greater than the official government estimate of less than one percent.
SIERRA LEONE: 300 people to receive free antiretroviral drugs
20 January 2005 (PlusNews ), The government of Sierra Leone has launched a programme to provide free antiretrovial (ARV) drugs to 300 people living with AIDS, Professor Sidi Alghali, director of the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) said.

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