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KENYA: PEPFAR doubles AIDS funding
NAIROBI, 17 December 2009 (PlusNews) - The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has pledged US$2.7 billion over the next five years to advance HIV programmes in Kenya - a 112 percent increase.
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GLOBAL: UNITAID greenlights patent pool for AIDS drugs
NAIROBI, 15 December 2009 (PlusNews) - The executive board of UNITAID, the international health financing agency, has approved the establishment of a patent pool for HIV/AIDS medication, a decision AIDS activists say will go a long way in helping poor nations achieve universal access to treatment.
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KENYA: Stavudine to be phased out - gradually
NAIROBI, 10 December 2009 (PlusNews) - Kenyan patients on stavudine, an antiretroviral drug in widespread use, which the UN World Health Organization (WHO) wants phased out, will have to wait a little longer to be put on alternative medication.
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GLOBAL: UNAIDS partners with religious groups to achieve universal access
NAIROBI, 8 December 2009 (PlusNews) - UNAIDS has launched a new framework for strategic partnerships with faith-based organizations (FBOs), acknowledging the impact they can have in delivering HIV programmes.
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GLOBAL: Integrated health systems "boost the fight against HIV"
NAIROBI, 7 December 2009 (PlusNews) - If universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care is to be achieved, experts recommend an inclusive approach to healthcare, rather than narrow HIV programmes.
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UGANDA: Government boost for PMTCT, paediatric services
KAMPALA, 1 December 2009 (PlusNews) - In a bid to reduce the rate of HIV transmission from mother to child, Uganda will now give all pregnant women highly active antiretroviral therapy.
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UGANDA: AIDS Commission takes new direction in prevention
KAMPALA, 16 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) is revamping its national HIV information campaign after HIV prevention messages were less successful than hoped.
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GLOBAL: Falling foul of the fund
NAIROBI, 11 November 2009 (PlusNews) - Programmes supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reported 2.3 million people on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in June 2009. Funding to beneficiary countries is based on performance, and failure to meet targets can lead to delays, suspension, discontinuation or termination of grants.
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