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ETHIOPIA: New HIV policy focuses on HIV in the workplace
26 March 2012 (PlusNews ), The government has teamed up with Ethiopia's main employees' and employers' associations to launch a new HIV/AIDS workplace policy that is to be implemented across the nation.
SOUTH AFRICA: No HIV and TB workplace policy, no mining licence
26 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Regulators are increasingly scrutinizing HIV and TB responses in South Africa’s mining sector, which could lead to the industry being hit where it hurts - the bottom line.
UGANDA: Senior health officials suspended amid TB drug shortage
23 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Minister of Health, Christine Ondoa, has suspended several senior health officials, including the managers of the national HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programmes, for poor performance and drug shortages.
HIV/AIDS: Activists call for emergency Global Fund donor meeting
23 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Almost a thousand Swazi and South African HIV activists marched to the United States consulate in Johannesburg on 22 March 2012 to demand that the US continue supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, and safeguard funding of its President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which US President Barack Obama's latest proposed budget will cut by 12 percent.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: TB preventative therapy scorecard
23 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of HIV-positive people globally. Almost 15 years ago the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS recommended that people living with HIV be given isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT), to prevent active TB, but national implementation of IPT has been slow.
SOUTH AFRICA: Children with TB below the health radar
23 March 2012 (PlusNews ), To a casual observer the two dozen children running round in the grassy schoolyard look like ordinary kids playing, but the surrounding buildings are the wards of the Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH), which specializes in treating severe cases of tuberculosis (TB), a disease rarely associated with children.
HEALTH: Childhood tuberculosis a “hidden epidemic”
22 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Globally, an estimated 200 children die from tuberculosis every day despite the availability of cheap drugs to prevent and treat this highly infectious condition, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
UGANDA: Higher HIV rate cause for concern
21 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has risen from 6.4 percent to 6.7 percent, according to a recently released national AIDS Indicator Survey.
HEALTH: Blueprint for future TB vaccines unveiled
21 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Almost a century ago, French scientists discovered the world's only tuberculosis (TB) vaccine. Now the World Health Organization warns that without a new one, the world will not win the fight against TB.
ZIMBABWE: Doubts over door-to-door testing campaign
15 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe's ambitious plan to offer an HIV test to every household in the country is not yet under way but is already being met with scepticism by activists who feel this is not a priority for the country, especially with global HIV/AIDS funding on the decline.
HIV/AIDS: Book review - AIDS at 30: A History
14 March 2012 (PlusNews ), While tracking the progress and pitfalls of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, Victoria Harden shows in her book, AIDS at 30: A History, that understanding how we got here is key to charting the path to overcoming the pandemic.
SOUTH AFRICA: What the world's largest preventative TB study taught us
13 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Even though the world's largest study of preventative tuberculosis therapy indicated that community-wide isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT) failed to lower community TB levels among 27,000 South African gold miners, that was not Thibela’s only result. We review some of the others over its seven years:
SOUTH AFRICA: Preventative TB trial disappoints
9 March 2012 (PlusNews ), After seven years of research, the world's largest study of preventative tuberculosis (TB) therapy has found that untargeted, community-wide distribution of TB prevention drugs did not improve TB control on South African gold mines.
ETHIOPIA: Finding space for people with disabilities on HIV agenda
8 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Ethiopians with disabilities say they have been largely excluded from the government's national HIV programmes and are unable to access services.
TANZANIA: New pharmaceutical plant to produce ARVs
6 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Commercial production of Tanzania's first locally manufactured antiretroviral drugs will start in the next few months; it is hoped the country will eventually provide medicines for half of all HIV-positive Tanzanians.
KENYA: Male circumcision programme suffers setback
2 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Kenya's most recent male circumcision rapid results initiative failed to meet its target, and officials are stepping up efforts to identify and fix the problems that could foil the government's campaign to circumcise more than one million men by 2013.
HIV/AIDS: Hormonal contraception advice not reaching women
1 March 2012 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised women on injectable hormonal birth control to use condoms to prevent HIV infection in light of possible HIV risks associated with "the shot", but HIV organizations and activists say this has not been effectively communicated to women.
HIV/AIDS: Ten condom commandments
29 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Condoms are widely promoted as one of the most effective ways of preventing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, but a recent study has found that incorrect use of condoms is common and affects their effectiveness.
KENYA: XDR-TB case raises questions
28 February 2012 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government's recent failure to adequately treat a patient with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has some civil society organizations questioning whether the country's TB programme is equipped to diagnose and treat such patients.
SOUTH AFRICA: New reports chart progress - and costs - in HIV fight
27 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Mothers, babies and newly diagnosed HIV patients are receiving more of the services they need but progress comes at a cost, according to a new report that predicts a funding shortfall for HIV treatment in South Africa.

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