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ZAMBIA: Sleepy town waking to HIV
28 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Kapiri Mposhi is normally a sleepy little town of crumbling buildings and ox carts in central Zambia. But once a week, on Thursday evenings, it comes to life when the train from Dar-es-Salaam arrives.
SOUTH AFRICA: Drug use flourishing
26 June 2002 (PlusNews ), South Africa celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse on Wednesday with the launch of a pilot drug awareness campaign aimed at helping people overcome the pressure to take drugs.
AFRICA: 28 million Africans now living with HIV/AIDS - UNAIDS
25 June 2002 (PlusNews ), More than 28 million Africans are now living with HIV/AIDS and in some countries over 30 percent of the adult population is infected, according to a UNAIDS statement issued on Tuesday.
AFRICA: NEPAD criticised for not focusing on HIV/AIDS
24 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, last week criticised the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for its modest references to HIV/AIDS.
ZIMBABWE: Update on state of emergency over HIV/AIDS
21 June 2002 (PlusNews ), A month after Zimbabwe's government declared a state of emergency over HIV/AIDS to allow the importation and manufacture of generic drugs, not much action has been taken and there are still a lot of unanswered questions, Zimbabwe's National Network for People living with HIV/AIDS (ZNNP+), told PlusNews.
AFRICA: Activists denounce US government HIV/AIDS initiative
20 June 2002 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists denounced the Unites States government's announcement of a US $500 million initiative for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa, saying the plan was "all for show".
TOGO: New HIV/AIDS project targets vulnerable women and girls
19 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Poor and illiterate women and girls in Togo will soon be helped to learn how to avoid HIV/AIDS infection and care for those infected in a joint project between the UN and the Togo government.
MOZAMBIQUE: Saving young lives with football
19 June 2002 (PlusNews ), The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and national football players in Mozambique celebrated Global Football Day for Children on Wednesday by educating young players about HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Number of children orphaned by AIDS to increase
18 June 2002 (PlusNews ), At least 5.7 million children in South Africa could lose one or both parents from HIV/AIDS by 2015 unless there are major interventions, the country's Medical Research Council (MRC) warned in a new report.
NIGERIA: Investigations disprove HIV/AIDS cure claims
13 June 2002 (PlusNews ), A two-year claim of an HIV/AIDS cure by 12 Nigerians has been been disproved by a National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) investigation, officials said on Wednesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government in Global AIDS Fund grant dispute
13 June 2002 (PlusNews ), The South African government is allegedly trying to block a grant awarded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to the KwaZulu-Natal province, saying that the province should not have approached the fund directly.
AFRICA: Hunger and HIV/AIDS dual tragedy - UNAIDS
12 June 2002 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS and hunger were a "dual tragedy" threatening sub-Saharan Africa, and endangering the lives of millions. They were also hindering development, UNAIDS told the World Food Summit in Rome on Wednesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV prevalence level stabilised - government
11 June 2002 (PlusNews ), The number of HIV infections in South Africa appears to have stabilised, according to the results of an annual survey announced by the government on Monday.
AFRICA: Religious leaders meet to discuss action against HIV-AIDS
11 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Religious organisations are "better placed" to change the prevailing negative attitudes towards HIV/AIDS which have undermined efforts to contain the pandemic in many African societies, Carol Bellamy, head of UNICEF, has said.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Interview with WFP regional food vulnerability expert
7 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Close to 13 million people in six countries in Southern Africa are in need of food aid from now through to March next year, the worst humanitarian crisis the region has faced since the 1992 drought. Nicholas Haan, Regional Programme Advisor of the World Food Programme's (WFP) Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping unit, spoke to IRIN on the factors behind the emergency.
NIGERIA: Antiretroviral scheme draws poor response
6 June 2002 (PlusNews ), A programme to provide subsidised treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria got underway in April after a months-long delay, but so far it has had a poor response from the over three million people infected nationwide, hospital sources said.
SOUTH AFRICA: Wednesday at Somkhele Clinic
6 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Situated among the rolling hills and valleys of South Africa's picturesque KwaZulu-Natal province, Somkhele clinic is one of 14 outlying clinics serving the 5,000 km square area of Hlabisa district - a region among those worst hit by HIV/AIDS.
ETHIOPIA: More funds needed to tackle AIDS
5 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Ethiopia needs at least US $166 million a year to fight the HIV/AIDS crisis that is devastating the country, a government official has said.
AFRICA: Challenges in HIV/AIDS vaccine research
5 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Despite optimism about the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine in Africa, researchers still face many hurdles, scientists said this week at the launch of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP).
MALAWI: HIV/AIDS makes food crisis worse
5 June 2002 (PlusNews ), Malnutrition and hunger in Malawi is more than not having a plate of food to eat. It's a volatile mix of social, health and economic factors and HIV/AIDS has added a dangerous dimension to the country's food crisis.

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