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ZAMBIA: Focus on traditional medicine
15 March 2002 (PlusNews ), While there is a strong cultural acceptance of traditional medicine in Zambia, resistance continues within the "orthodox" medical fraternity towards its use in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
AFRICA: Stigmatised MSM receive little support
14 March 2002 (PlusNews ), In Africa, men who have sex with men (MSM) receive little attention in sexual health and HIV/AIDS programmes, despite a "dangerously high" risk of HIV infection, a new study has found.
AFRICA: Interview with ECA Executive Secretary, KY Amoako
13 March 2002 (PlusNews ), In an interview with PlusNews, UN Under Secretary-General and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, KY Amoako, said African countries were scaling up their HIV/AIDS response, but more needed to be done.
RWANDA: Sexual activity among street children in Kigali
13 March 2002 (PlusNews ), A recent survey of street children Kigali, Rwanda, has shown that just over half the boys and over three-quarters of the girls interviewed reported having had sex, while a full 35 percent of those under 10 were found to be sexually active.
ZIMBABWE: Corruption allegations plague PWA group
12 March 2002 (PlusNews ), Allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds could seriously jeopardise the work of Zimbabwe's National Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (ZNNP+), the organisation's chairperson says.
NAMIBIA: Overcoming stigma and discrimination
11 March 2002 (PlusNews ), Simon Elago fights discrimination against HIV-positive people publicly and fights poverty in a quieter, but equally determined way.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government ordered to provide Nevirapine pending appeal
11 March 2002 (PlusNews ), The Pretoria High Court on Monday ordered the South African government to provide nevirapine to all HIV-positive pregnant women until the Constitutional Court rules on the matter in May.
AFRICA: HIV/AIDS and partner violence
8 March 2002 (PlusNews ), Susan Teffo was burnt over a primus stove by her husband when she disclosed her HIV-positive status. When her four-year-old son tried to stop his father, he was burnt as well.
SOUTH AFRICA: Global Fund proposal update
7 March 2002 (PlusNews ), South Africa is working against the clock to complete two applications for funds from the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has announced.
BURUNDI: US $6.5 million project aid released
6 March 2002 (PlusNews ), The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Burundi have signed three agreements on the disbursement of US $6.5 million for projects in the domains of community support, good governance, and HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS policy shifts
5 March 2002 (PlusNews ), A rebellion against government policy on the treatment of HIV/AIDS is taking place in South Africa, with four provinical governments openly defying national policy and announcing the provision of nevirapine to all pregnant women in the public sector.
AFRICA: Global Fund calls for proposals
2 March 2002 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently announced its first call for proposals, as the initial step to supporting projects in countries hard hit by the epidemics. During its first year, the Fund will disburse some US $800 million.
CONGO: FOCUS on multi-agency HIV/AIDS initiative
27 February 2002 (PlusNews ), UN agencies and the ROC government, together with other implementing agencies, have set up a nutrition project for people living with HIV/AIDS, and their families, that is proving to be a life-saver.
BOTSWANA: Global AIDS Fund proposals on track
27 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Botswana's response to the Global AIDS Fund's call for proposals has been "overwhelming", an official from the Country's Coordination Mechanism (CCM) told PlusNews.
SOUTH AFRICA: Activists welcome AIDS budget
26 February 2002 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists welcomed the increased expenditure on HIV/AIDS in the South African 2002-2003 budget released last week, but expressed concern that the funds could be misused at provinical level.
ETHIOPIA: Focus on economic impact of AIDS
22 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa is all too evident. Millions have died, their children orphaned and entire communities destroyed. But it is the crippling effect of AIDS on African economies that is now starting to ring alarm bells.
SWAZILAND: Focus on social impact of AIDS
22 February 2002 (PlusNews ), "Panic breeding" is the inelegant term given to a response by some Swazis to an AIDS epidemic that is decimating the population of the small Southern Africa kingdom.
UGANDA: AIDS and war orphans a compelling concern
22 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Uganda has an estimated 1.7 million orphans, the highest number in the world, according to a new study. This has prompted World Vision to urge the government to urgently develop a policy on orphans, to help them grow with a degree of care and dignity.
SOUTH AFRICA: Focus on nevirapine programme
21 February 2002 (PlusNews ), All state hospitals in South Africa's Gauteng province will provide the antiretroviral drug nevirapine to HIV-positive pregnant women this year, the provincial government announced this week.
NAMIBIA: Free AIDS drug deal
20 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The Namibian government is set to sign a agreement with international pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Thursday to provide an unlimited free supply of a powerful drug to combat fungal infections associated with HIV/AIDS.

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