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SOUTHERN AFRICA: A winning recipe for PMTCT but few follow it
19 September 2007 (PlusNews ), A success story, at last: Botswana has lowered the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to less than four percent, coming close to developed countries that have almost eliminated paediatric AIDS.
ZAMBIA: Bibles and condoms
13 September 2007 (PlusNews ), It is mandatory that Zambia's hotels, lodges and guest houses stock at least two Bibles in each of their rooms, but it is rare to come across condoms or even condom-vending machines, despite many of these establishments being used by commercial sex workers and their clients.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The effect of migration on HIV rates
13 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Trying to measure the impact of the Zimbabwean exodus on HIV/AIDS rates in the region is so fraught with ifs, buts and maybes that the only reasonable assumption is that, like other migrants, economic migrants may run a higher risk of infection than they would have if they had not left their homes.
ZAMBIA: New testing method set to improve child survival
26 July 2007 (PlusNews ), A new testing method will make it possible for babies below the age of 18 months to be accurately screened for HIV. Infants up to this age still carry their mother's antibodies and, using the usual testing method, can test HIV positive when, in fact, they are negative.
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.
ZAMBIA: "I would like to become a doctor because I want to help the sick"
21 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Davison Kaunda [not his real name], 15, lived on the streets of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, for three years until he finally moved into the Fountain of Hope Orphanage, a privately-run home for street children.
ZAMBIA: AIDS drug recall creates panic
19 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Contamination of the AIDS drug, Viracept, has created panic among HIV-positive Zambians on antiretroviral therapy, who fear other AIDS drugs may not be safe.
ZAMBIA: Mining growth brings increased HIV risk
13 June 2007 (PlusNews ), The expansion of mining activities in Solwezi District in Zambia's North-Western Province has spurred a rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and health officials fear this could indicate an increase in the region's HIV infection rate.
AFRICA-NAMIBIA: HIV puts Malaria back in spotlight
25 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Malaria is reclaiming the world's attention after years of playing second fiddle to HIV. Experts are now convinced that the disease has played a greater role in the AIDS pandemic than was previously thought.
AFRICA: Donors call the shots in HIV/AIDS sector
21 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Large international donor agencies have become major players in Africa's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Despite talk of 'partnering' with their recipients, they have usually called the shots. Unsurprisingly, considering the millions of dollars in play, they have insisted on high levels of transparency and accountability from recipients and have punished perceived corruption or mismanagement by hasty withdrawals of funds.
ZAMBIA: Shielding children from their HIV status does more harm than good
26 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Zambia's attempts to promote paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug adherence are being undermined by families and communities who shield children in their care from knowing their HIV/AIDS status, health experts say.
ZAMBIA: Kids slip through the ARV net
12 January 2007 (PlusNews ), A shortage of paediatric testing kits and specialised medical staff in Zambia is causing delays in rolling out antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for children infected with HIV/AIDS.
ZAMBIA: Poor nutrition nullifies benefit of ARV treatment
18 December 2006 (PlusNews ), The poor nutrition often experienced by HIV-positive Zambians on antiretroviral [ARV] drug treatment is nullifying the benefits of the medicine, health experts are warning.
ZAMBIA: Help for child-headed homes
11 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Zambia is grappling with the growing problem of thousands of child-headed homes, created by one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.
ZAMBIA: More than 10 girls raped every week
29 November 2006 (PlusNews ), A Zambian nongovernmental organisation (NGO) revealed this week that it records eight cases of rape of young girls every week at its centre in the capital, Lusaka.
ANGOLA-ZAMBIA: Refugees return home armed with the knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention
8 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Four years after a ceasefire ended decades of civil war in neighbouring Angola, Zambia is still home to more than 25,000 Angolan refugees awaiting repatriation. Zambia's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is about 18 percent; in Angola it is around 4 percent. The challenge is how to keep Angola's relative low rates of HIV/AIDS in check.
ZAMBIA: Getting street kids to stay on the straight and narrow
1 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Dressed in baggy trousers, caps and colourful T-shirts, the toughened teens of the "Back to School Project" were scared. Each of the boys was to be tested for HIV that day.
ZAMBIA: Advocacy groups put HIV/AIDS on the election agenda
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Advocacy groups in Zambia are forcing HIV/AIDS issues onto the agenda in the run-up to this month's general election.
ZAMBIA: Bridging the gap between traditional and western medicine
31 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Zambia's HIV/AIDS pandemic is helping to bridge the divide between traditional healers and practitioners of western medicine.

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