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SWAZILAND: New anti-AIDS campaign targets young people
12 October 2005 (PlusNews ), Swazi health authorities on Wednesday launched an ambitious anti-AIDS campaign targeting people between the ages of 20 and 30 years - the group most affected by the virus.
SWAZILAND: Poverty-stricken AIDS widows pin hopes on new constitution
26 September 2005 (PlusNews ), A new association of widows in Swaziland hopes to raise greater awareness of the plight of women who have lost their husbands to AIDS.
SWAZILAND: HIV-positive children more vulnerable to chickenpox
8 September 2005 (PlusNews ), An upsurge in chickenpox among Swazi children and adults is being blamed on a rise in HIV/AIDS in a country with one of the world's highest HIV infection rates.
SWAZILAND: Sex ban met with mixed reaction
24 August 2005 (PlusNews ), A traditional chastity vow by young Swazi women reintroduced by King Mswati III in 2001 to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, officially ended this week amid mixed feelings.
SWAZILAND: Traditional chastity vow may have lowered teenage HIV rates
23 August 2005 (PlusNews ), As a generation of young Swazi women end a five-year vow of chastity in a traditional ceremony this week, health officials are debating the impact of the custom on reducing the risk of HIV infection.
SWAZILAND: New monitoring strategy to get to grips with HIV/AIDS
18 July 2005 (PlusNews ), Swaziland has introduced a strategy for monitoring the work of multilateral anti-AIDS organisations and strengthening their response to the pandemic as more HIV/AIDS funds begin flowing to developing countries and poor communities.
SWAZILAND: Changing face of home-based hospice care
15 June 2005 (PlusNews ), AIDS has accelerated the death rate in Swaziland, causing home-based hospice care to expand into an entire support system for affected families.
SWAZILAND: New UNICEF head sees extent of orphans crisis
25 May 2005 (PlusNews ), The new executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Ann Veneman, wrapped up her first official visit to Swaziland on Tuesday, having seen at first hand the scope of the tiny country's poverty and the magnitude of its AIDS orphan problem.
SWAZILAND: AIDS orphans also stigmatised by poverty at school
25 May 2005 (PlusNews ), Twelve-year-old Mfanfikile looked forward to going back to school after nearly a year and a half of absence following the death of his mother. He wanted to look his best, and had found an old beige jacket in a wardrobe. Although several sizes too large, Mfanfikile thought it an improvement on the threadbare shorts and T-shirts he usually wore.
SWAZILAND: Art for development sake
18 May 2005 (PlusNews ), Swazi theatre groups are increasingly finding themselves cast in a new role - promoting advocacy rather than art.
SWAZILAND: New role for men in HIV/AIDS fight
11 May 2005 (PlusNews ), Health officials called it the largest gathering of males to ever attend an antenatal lecture in Swaziland, and a sign of the increasing participation of men in programmes aimed at mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS.
SWAZILAND: Drought, hunger and AIDS, but still coping
5 May 2005 (PlusNews ), Naomi Gule blames AIDS for the 45 parentless children she looks after at the neighbourhood care centre, an hour's drive south of the Swazi capital, but she blames the weather for frustrating her efforts to feed her charges.
SWAZILAND: Business coalition launches HIV/AIDS mitigation plan
27 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to lift living standards and build a new generation of entrepreneurs, but in Swaziland that strategy is being challenged by AIDS.
SWAZILAND: Child rights advocates highllight plight of under-fives
20 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Child rights advocates have banded together in a bid to cope with ongoing concerns about the welfare of Southern Africa's children.
SWAZILAND: Some optimism despite gloomy new HIV figures
8 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Reactions to news this week that Swaziland's HIV-prevalence rate - already the world's highest - continued to climb, have swung between deep pessimism and renewed determination by AIDS activists and government officials.
SWAZILAND: Health workers score with TB campaign
7 April 2005 (PlusNews ), A tuberculosis (TB) treatment programme recently introduced in Swaziland is credited with lowering the number of TB patients, at a time when other African nations face a rising number of cases.
SWAZILAND: Call for regional women's organisation to combat HIV/AIDS
6 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Former South African first lady Graca Machel has called on women in southern Africa to tackle traditional practices that may contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
SWAZILAND: Call for regional women's organisation to combat HIV/AIDS
6 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Former South African first lady Graca Machel has called on women in southern Africa to tackle traditional practices that may contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
SWAZILAND: HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women rises
5 April 2005 (PlusNews ), Swaziland's government said it would act urgently to reverse the rising HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women, currently at 42.6 percent according to the latest sentinel survey.
SWAZILAND: Construction workers' hostel not wanted in upmarket suburb
28 March 2005 (PlusNews ), A Swazi construction firm and real estate developer have bowed to popular fears over the spread of HIV/AIDS by ending the use of on-site single sex workers' hostels in a new upmarket development on the outskirts of the capital, Mbabane.

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