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SWAZILAND: Holistic approach to combating HIV/AIDS
8 September 2004 (PlusNews ), An HIV/AIDS testing and counselling centre that will be the template for other such facilities in Swaziland's urban areas opened this week in the centrally located town of Manzini.
SWAZILAND: New survey shows much lower HIV infection among youth
27 August 2004 (PlusNews ), A dramatically lower number of Swazi teenage girls are being infected by HIV than was previously estimated, suggesting a turning point in the battle against HIV/AIDS in a country with the world's highest HIV infection rates.
SWAZILAND: New rapid HIV test makes determining status easier
23 August 2004 (PlusNews ), The University of Swaziland last week became the first site of a new rapid HIV testing procedure which allows a greater number of people to be tested.
SWAZILAND: HIV/AIDS reversing hunger and poverty alleviation
18 August 2004 (PlusNews ), The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland is reversing poverty alleviation efforts by the government and international humanitarian groups.
SWAZILAND: New radio drama spreads AIDS awareness
11 August 2004 (PlusNews ), A new radio drama aimed at transforming Swazis' knowledge of AIDS into a change in personal behaviour began broadcasting this week.
SWAZILAND: Rural health "motivators" could ease professional shortage
3 August 2004 (PlusNews ), A critical shortage of health professionals in Swaziland is undermining the public health system's capacity to expand its national antiretroviral (ARV) programme, health officials have warned.
SWAZILAND: Rising HIV/AIDS among truckers will impact on costs
30 July 2004 (PlusNews ), The impact of HIV/AIDS on Swaziland's trucking sector is set to increase the price of food and all other goods transported by road, officials warned this week.
SWAZILAND: OVC tell their stories at a unique conference
26 July 2004 (PlusNews ), Faced with a growing population of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), Swaziland's policymakers have turned to the children themselves to assess their needs at a conference outside the central commercial town of Manzini.
SWAZILAND: Bishops find lack of governance and human rights
12 July 2004 (PlusNews ), A high-powered delegation of Anglican bishops from five nations completed a two-day fact finding tour of Swaziland at the weekend, examining issues such as constitutional reform and the high HIV/AIDS rate.
SWAZILAND: Order needed in chaotic ARV Programme
2 July 2004 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists in Swaziland are calling for an urgent public AIDS education campaign and more testing facilities.
SWAZILAND: Order needed in chaotic ARV programme
1 July 2004 (PlusNews ), Citing deaths they claim are due to the improper introduction of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in Swaziland, AIDS activists have called for an urgent public education campaign and proper testing facilities to monitor patients' reaction to the drugs.
SWAZILAND: Debate over male circumcision
25 June 2004 (PlusNews ), Male circumcision as a method to the reduce risk of HIV infection is being hotly debated this week after a prominent politician announced that his four sons had been circumcised, contrary to Swazi tradition.
SWAZILAND: Pregnant school girls no longer face expulsion
21 June 2004 (PlusNews ), High school girls who fall pregnant will no longer be expelled from their schools, the Swaziland Schools Headteachers Association resolved last week. The policy change overturns what has been standard practice since before independence, when Christian missionaries established schools in Swaziland.
SWAZILAND: Rising number of HIV-positive truckers alarms authorities
31 May 2004 (PlusNews ), Swazi authorities and health workers have expressed concern over the rising rate of HIV infection among the country's truck drivers.
SWAZILAND: Innovative project cares for AIDS orphans
25 May 2004 (PlusNews ), Neighbourhood Care Points (NCP) that provide a host of services to Swaziland's growing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) will be expanded by 150 percent by the end of 2005 in the drought stricken southern Shiselweni and eastern Lubombo regions, according to a recent report released by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
SWAZILAND: Life expectancy to drop to 40 yrs by 2010 - report
19 May 2004 (PlusNews ), The Swaziland Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) predicts that the high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate will lower life expectancy to just 40 years by 2010.
SWAZILAND: AIDS and drought destroying country - Church
5 May 2004 (PlusNews ), The Anglican Church in Swaziland has described the country's combined crisis of HIV/AIDS and drought as a "tragedy beyond comprehension".
SWAZILAND: Application submitted for HIV/AIDS millions
3 May 2004 (PlusNews ), Swaziland has selected preferred drug suppliers for its HIV/AIDS drug programme and applied for a five-year grant for US $48.5 million from the Global AIDS Fund.
SWAZILAND: Swazi orphans face education crisis
29 April 2004 (PlusNews ), Government and social welfare NGOs are seeking ways to offset a pending education crisis for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) after school heads resolved this week to bar those unable to pay fees.
SWAZILAND: Accelerating response to AIDS
28 April 2004 (PlusNews ), Accelerating its response to the AIDS challenge, the Swazi government announced on Wednesday it had selected preferred suppliers of antiretroviral drugs, while the national AIDS funding agency said it had applied for a US $48.5 million grant from the Global Fund.

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