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SWAZILAND: Funding fiasco leaves country short of lab supplies
15 November 2011 (PlusNews ), First there were national shortages of HIV medication, then of HIV tests, now Swaziland lacks the lab tests essential for initiating and managing HIV patients on treatment. To make matters worse, the country chose not to apply for the international funding that could have safeguarded antiretroviral (ARV) stocks.
SWAZILAND: New aviation rules ground HIV-positive pilots
25 October 2011 (PlusNews ), Swazi HIV activists are up in arms over pending aviation guidelines that will stop people living with HIV from ever piloting an aircraft.
SWAZILAND: Swazis put lives on hold because of stigma
19 August 2011 (PlusNews ), The widespread fear of stigma and discrimination still leaves many HIV-positive people in Swaziland feeling so despondent they put their lives on hold. Many HIV-positive women have decided not to have children, while some feel marriage is no longer an option, a new survey has found.
SWAZILAND: HIV prevalence among factory workers "50 percent"
11 August 2011 (PlusNews ), A new government study has found that more than half of workers in Swaziland’s garment industry are living with HIV, and officials are realizing that the once-hailed promise of manufacturing employment has become a financial and medical nightmare for tens of thousands of Swazi women.
SWAZILAND: Desperate HIV-positive people eat cow dung to sustain treatment
28 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in Swaziland were at first incredulous at reports that hundreds of impoverished HIV-positive rural residents were eating cow dung to give their stomachs something to digest before taking their antiretrovirals.
SWAZILAND: Confusion and panic over supply of ARVs
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Unease is mounting in Swaziland after reports that supplies of antiretrovirals are dangerously low. Resources have never been adequate to tackle the world’s highest HIV infection rate in the tiny kingdom, but in recent months, the cash-poor government and dwindling donor funding have led to increasing panic among people living with HIV.
SWAZILAND: AIDS organizations need a lifejacket
19 April 2011 (PlusNews ), AIDS organizations are struggling to keep afloat in Swaziland's growing financial crisis. Now, the oldest and also one of the biggest support providers, whose programmes reach six out of 10 Swazis in need of such services, is on the brink of closure.
SWAZILAND: Thabile Xaba, "I can take the ARVs now if I like but... I must consult the ancestors"
1 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Most Swazis go to traditional healers if they feel ill, but in a country with the world’s highest HIV prevalence rate healers are struggling to cope. Thabile Xaba, 37, a healer who has been diagnosed HIV-positive at a clinic, told IRIN about her experiences.
SWAZILAND: Thembi, "Even the children, they call a person with AIDS a `rotten potato’"
5 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Thembi (last name withheld) is a 33-year-old HIV-positive mother of three who has lived in rural poverty all her life. She lives alone with her children amid the low green hills of Swaziland's central Manzini region, while her husband is away working in South Africa.
SWAZILAND: Army slowly winning the HIV/AIDS battle
14 December 2010 (PlusNews ), Swaziland has the world’s highest estimated HIV prevalence, and its military is not exempt, although a wellness and prevention programme has seen a remarkable drop in AIDS deaths over the past two years, with a steady decline in new infections.
HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV
24 November 2010 (PlusNews ), Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV prevention for youth - it's complicated
19 November 2010 (PlusNews ), When it comes to understanding what drives HIV infections among young people in southern Africa, the epicentre of the global AIDS pandemic, why not ask young people themselves?
SWAZILAND: Declining customs union revenues threaten AIDS response
16 November 2010 (PlusNews ), An economic meltdown in Swaziland, exacerbated by a major decline in revenue from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), is unlikely to leave the national AIDS response unscathed, say local health officials.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: No sex for a month to prevent HIV
9 November 2010 (PlusNews ), An aggressive national campaign to persuade people to abstain from sex or commit to 100 percent condom use for a month could make a significant contribution to HIV prevention efforts, says a leading HIV expert.
HEALTH: New global plan aims to wipe out TB
14 October 2010 (PlusNews ), A new roadmap for curbing the global epidemic of tuberculosis aims to save five million lives between 2011 and 2015 and eliminate TB as a public health problem by 2050 but comes with a price tag of US$47 billion, nearly half of which must still be found.
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap
14 October 2010 (PlusNews ), With its coffers running at least US$1 billion short, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap.
SWAZILAND: A dialogue to defeat AIDS
29 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Communities in Swaziland are coming together as never before to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has so deeply affected them.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV-related cancer poorly diagnosed, treated
20 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), an HIV-related cancer, may not make headlines in southern Africa, but dealing with this disfiguring and potentially deadly illness presents a daunting task for health workers.
SWAZILAND: Task-shifting could improve HIV treatment and prevention
3 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Swaziland has yet to act on a 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to alleviate health worker shortages through task-shifting and according to the Ministry of Health, the failure to do so is compromising scale-up of the antiretroviral (ARV) programme.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: More sterilizations of HIV-positive women uncovered
30 August 2010 (PlusNews ), Veronica* did not realize she had been sterilized while giving birth to her daughter until four years later when, after failing to conceive, she and her boyfriend consulted a doctor.

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