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KENYA: Condom recycling highlights gaps in HIV prevention programming
29 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Media images of men in northern Kenya washing condoms for re-use have underscored the need to improve HIV communication and close gaps in the supply of condoms in rural areas.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92309
HEALTH: What's new in TB technology?
28 March 2011 (PlusNews ), In keeping with the focus on innovation as part of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day held on 24 March 2011, IRIN/PlusNews brings you a wrap of some of recent developments in TB technology.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92301
AFRICA: TB - the year that was
24 March 2011 (PlusNews ), test
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92270
HEALTH: Progress on MDR-TB, but not enough
24 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Gains have been made in stopping multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a largely undiagnosed killer, but not enough. By 2015 there will be two million new cases, says a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92273
KENYA: Stepping up paediatric TB diagnosis
24 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Over the past few years the Kenyan government has significantly scaled up its diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis with positive results, but officials say diagnosis of children lags behind.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92277
SOUTH AFRICA: Quick and easy TB diagnosis puts pressure on treatment
24 March 2011 (PlusNews ), A promising new diagnostic test for detecting drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) quickly and reliably is finally available, said a new report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92279
ETHIOPIA: Reducing TB risk in Addis Ababa
23 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Health officials in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, are concerned about the spread of tuberculosis in the city's crowded public transport networks and tightly packed "DSTV [satellite television] houses" where ardent fans come to watch English and Spanish football.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92271
UGANDA: IDPs hit by ARV shortages, poor HIV care in the north
22 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Internally displaced people in northern Uganda face a difficult choice - whether to return to their ancestral villages or stay in camps hoping for better access to healthcare, as antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are in short supply.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92262
KENYA: Testing the integration of HIV and public healthcare
21 March 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV could lose its "special status" in Kenya's health system if a new pilot programme integrating HIV care and public healthcare proves successful.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92252
SOUTH AFRICA: Caring about palliative care
18 March 2011 (PlusNews ), In the run-up to the UN High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS in June 2011, HIV activists from around the world are meeting in a series of consultations organized by UNAIDS to help set the agenda.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92231
UGANDA: ART reduces HIV transmission in discordant couples - study
17 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Antiretroviral treatment significantly reduces the risk of HIV transmission between married couples where one partner is infected and the other is not, according to a recent study in Uganda.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92220
HIV/AIDS: UNAIDS, activists urge countries to get clever with TRIPS
17 March 2011 (PlusNews ), UNAIDS has released a new policy brief to help countries make intellectual property rights work for them, amid growing concern that an impending free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and India could threaten the world's supply of generic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92222
TANZANIA: New centres to boost paediatric HIV care
15 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Maria Pelula has looked after two HIV-positive orphans in the past and is now bringing up 12-year-old Adrian*, the orphaned son of a relative, in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. But she still does not know how to tackle the sensitive subject of testing Adrian for HIV.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92200
ZAMBIA: Corruption scandal rocks ARV programme
14 March 2011 (PlusNews ), When the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria suspended funding to Zambia in late 2010 it made international headlines and rocked donor confidence, but the stock-outs and drug rationing in the wake of the scandal have received little attention.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92191
KENYA: Stigma keeps Asian population from accessing HIV services
10 March 2011 (PlusNews ), When 20-year-old Jenna,* a Kenyan of Asian descent, told her family two years ago she had tested positive for HIV, they forced her to terminate her pregnancy, forbad her to seek treatment and kept her locked in the house because of the shame she had brought on the family.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92155
ETHIOPIA: Hospital births still unpopular
9 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Ethiopia is boosting its health worker numbers, building thousands of health centres and working with donors to prioritize the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. Even so, most women still prefer to have their babies at home.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92142
PHILIPPINES: Faces of HIV grow younger
8 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Newly reported HIV infections among young people have increased 10-fold in the past three years in the Philippines, one of only seven countries worldwide where overall infections continue to climb, according to the government.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92125
HIV/AIDS: Five ways to reduce women's vulnerability to HIV
8 March 2011 (PlusNews ), As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, women and girls across the globe continue to be disproportionately affected by the AIDS pandemic - HIV is the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92135
ZAMBIA: Third-line ARVs available soon
7 March 2011 (PlusNews ), After months of lobbying and campaigning by Zambian activists, the government has announced that it will provide free third-line antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to people living with HIV.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92124
KENYA: Amina Hassan*, "I suspect he knows his status and is taking ARVs secretly"
3 March 2011 (PlusNews ), For 10 years Amina Hassan*, 37, trusted her husband and had a happy married life in Nakuru, in Rift Valley Province, western Kenya. Even if her religion allowed him to marry other wives, he had always assured her that she was enough, and he would have no reason to marry anyone else. But she told IRIN/PlusNews that life changed when her husband went to work in the port city of Mombasa and he returned a different man.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92089

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