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SOUTH AFRICA: Poverty thwarting AIDS effort - government
26 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The absence of widespread developmental programmes aimed at eradicating poverty continued to thwart the effort to fight HIV/AIDS, Gauteng province Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said on Tuesday.
KENYA: HIV/AIDS prevalence stabilised - government
25 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government announced on Monday that the use of condoms had led to a reduction in HIV/AIDS cases, ‘The Standard’ newspaper reported.
SOUTH AFRICA: Actuarial society says 5.3 million are HIV positive
25 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) said on Friday that 5.3 million South Africans were HIV-positive and that 236,000 had AIDS.
KENYA: Some stick to old sex habits despite HIV/AIDS
24 September 2001 (PlusNews ), A significant number of Kenyans had not changed their sexual behaviour in spite of massive public awareness about HIV/AIDS, the ‘Daily Nation’ on Monday quoted a new survey as saying. The survey also highlighted a lack of HIV/AIDS awareness among teenagers, the newspaper report said.
ZIMBABWE: Up to 60,000 children born with HIV/AIDS every year
24 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Between 40,000 and 60,000 children were born HIV positive in Zimbabwe every year, a senior health official told PlusNews on Monday.
AFRICA: Pharmaceutical leaders warn that AIDS research could dry up
20 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Representatives of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies warned that proposed amendments to the 1994 Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), that would make it easier for developing countries to produce generic forms of patented medicines, could cause pharmaceutical research and development into AIDS drugs to “dry up”, Reuters reported on Thursday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Religious leaders and AIDS activists urge government to declare AIDS national emergency
20 September 2001 (PlusNews ), South African religious leaders and AIDS activists appealed to the government on Thursday to declare the HIV pandemic a national emergency and to provide the leadership needed to fight it.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV/AIDS training programme launched for doctors
19 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Medical organisations have created a training programme to help doctors deal with HIV/AIDS more effectively, the SA Medical Association (SAMA) announced this week. The programme was developed by SAMA’s educational division, the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), and the SA HIV Clinicians Society.
MALAWI: Children with HIV/AIDS might benefit from immunisation
19 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Results of a hospital-based study in Malawi suggest that children infected with HIV/AIDS could potentially benefit from vaccination against rotaviruses, the main cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhoea in infants and young children throughout the world, ‘AIDS Weekly’ reported.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prisoners dying of HIV/AIDS increase to 328 percent
18 September 2001 (PlusNews ), A total of 1,101 South African prisoners died of HIV/AIDS in the first seven months of this year - an increase of 328 percent compared with the same period last year, Correctional Services Minister Ben Skosana said on Tuesday.
UGANDA: AIDS conference drafts action plan
18 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Delegates at the ongoing Global Strategies for the Prevention of HIV Transmission from Mothers to Infants conference in Kampala had come up with an action plan calling for programmes to eradicate or drastically reduce vertical transmission of HIV from mothers to infants, the ‘New Vision’ newspaper reported on Friday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Report finds that AIDS is the leading cause of death
17 September 2001 (PlusNews ), AIDS is the leading cause of death among South Africans and could claim as many as six million lives in the country by 2010 if preventive measures are not taken, according to an unreleased report by the South African Medical Research Council, the ‘Sunday Times’ reported.
SWAZILAND: Swaziland imposes five year sex ban for young women
17 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The Swaziland government has announced a five-year sex ban for young women in a bid to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. The ban was announced on Sunday evening by the leader of Swaziland’s young women, Lungile Ndlovu, who said the elders of the nation had deemed it fitting, AFP reported.
KENYA: No money for drugs despite Drug Importation Bill
13 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government announced on Wednesday that it did not have enough money to buy anti-retroviral drugs needed to treat HIV/AIDS, even though its parliament recently passed legislation allowing the country to import and manufacture cheaper generic drugs, the ‘Standard’ newspaper has reported.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health minister to defend MTCT court challenge
13 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang would defend legal action instituted by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) aimed at ensuring state provision of the anti-retroviral drug Nevirapine to pregnant HIV positive women countrywide, Health-e News reported on Wednesday.
BOTSWANA: Botswana Intensifies HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme
12 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Botswana has made strides in implementing a programme aimed at reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, Director of Health Services of Botswana Patson Mazonde said on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
UGANDA: Women have to stop breast-feeding to prevent passing HIV to babies
12 September 2001 (PlusNews ), African women infected with HIV/AIDS have to break with tradition and stop breast-feeding to prevent passing it on to their children, medical experts told delegates at a four-day conference on Global Strategy for the Prevention of HIV Transmission from Mothers to Infants, AP reported.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mbeki questions spending on HIV/AIDS
11 September 2001 (PlusNews ), South African President Thabo Mbeki has ordered the government to re-evaluate its social policy spending in light of 1995 data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that states “external causes” such as accidents, homicide and suicide, not HIV/AIDS, make up the leading cause of death in the nation, the Johannesburg newspaper ‘Business Day’ reported on Monday.
AFRICA: FAO report says HIV/AIDS is devastating farming and worsening hunger
11 September 2001 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS is devastating farming and worsening hunger in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday.
AFRICA: AIDS conference commends four countries for anti-AIDS efforts
10 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Four countries were commended at an AIDS conference for reducing mother to child transmission of HIV by making the appropriate drugs readily available, AFP reported on Monday.

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