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SOUTH AFRICA: Businesses AIDS strategies need revisiting - SABCOHA
3 October 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (SABCOHA) says certain business sectors are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, despite having workplace initiatives in place.
SOUTH AFRICA: Global effort to fight deadly TB strain
28 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organisation (WHO) will convene a "global task force" in Geneva in October to thrash out a battle plan against extremely drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a deadly, drug-resistant disease that has already killed 60 people in South Africa and is threatening to spread across the region.
SOUTH AFRICA: Authorities rush to control illegal medicines boom
26 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Illegal medicines might be stealing their way onto the South African market while health and Medicines Control Council (MCC) officials try to fast-track monitoring the safety and efficacy of these drugs.
SOUTH AFRICA: ARV side effect cause for concern - experts
22 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The dangerous side effects of an anti-AIDS drug commonly used in South Africa have forced medical experts to re-evaluate the limited treatment options available in developing countries.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS acrimony must end - Deputy President
20 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has appealed for a "new spirit" between government and nongovernmental organisations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS death a concern for pregnant women
20 September 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS is the number one killer of new mothers in South Africa, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Alarming AIDS figures reported in new study
19 September 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS is sweeping through parts of South Africa's east-coast province of KwaZulu-Natal, where researchers are finding alarming HIV prevalence levels among women - as high as 66 percent in one area south of the port city of Durban.
SOUTH AFRICA: Labour urged to demand sacking of health minister
19 September 2006 (PlusNews ), A leading AIDS activist caused a stir by demanding the South African health minister's removal in the presence of the deputy president at a conference on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt seeks cooperation of AIDS activists
18 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on HIV/AIDS is seeking the cooperation of activists to improve ways of tackling the pandemic.
SOUTH AFRICA: Correctional services shed light on HIV in jails
15 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Department of Correctional Services set the record straight on Friday about it being "in the dark" over the impact of HIV/AIDS on prison inmates.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS activists starving for social grants
13 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African National Association of People Living With AIDS (NAPWA) began a hunger strike on Tuesday to support HIV-positive people who need social grants to feed themselves.
SOUTH AFRICA: Possibility of quarantine measures to counter XDR TB
13 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's government is deeply concerned after warnings by medical experts that an outbreak of extremely drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) may have a severe impact on mortality in a country where health professionals are struggling to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health Minister easy with IMC
11 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has dismissed reports that she had been 'sidelined' after a cabinet decision to reinforce its interministerial committee (IMC) on HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: COSATU irked by Govt AIDS inaction
11 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is to call for intensification of the government's national plan against HIV/AIDS at its upcoming national meeting.
SOUTH AFRICA: New and worryingly virulent strain of TB found
8 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Drug resistant TB has appeared elsewhere in the world, but the recent strain recorded in South Africa’s east coast province of KwaZulu-Natal is a tougher, Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR) form of the bacteria. According to the World Health Organisation it is virtually untreatable.
SOUTH AFRICA: The granny revolution
8 September 2006 (PlusNews ), It started with three South African grandmothers sharing their grief at the loss of their children and supporting each other to care for their orphaned grandchildren. Five years later, their group in Alexandra, a Johannesburg township, has grown to 40 and spawned dozens of others spanning two continents, sparking what some are calling a 'granny revolution'.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV/AIDS blamed for soaring death rates
8 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Death rates among South African men and women of virtually all ages rose dramatically between 1997 and 2004, most likely due to AIDS-related illnesses.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS experts want health minister's blood
6 September 2006 (PlusNews ), More than 60 international HIV/AIDS researchers are calling for the immediate resignation of South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt AIDS gag unconstitutional - watchdog
6 September 2006 (PlusNews ), An order by South African health director-general Thami Mseleku that provincial health officials not comment to the media on HIV/AIDS was unconstitutional, the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), a watchdog organisation, said on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Aspen cashing in on ARV market
5 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Africa's largest drug manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, says five times more South Africans are using its antiretrovirals (ARVs) than just over a year ago.

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