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Taking care of the business of public health

Kigali, 1 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Ensuring that health systems reach the people who need them goes beyond equipping hospitals: investment in the efficient management of finances, drug distribution and data management is vital to the success of the public health sector. full report

CHAD: Weapons instead of ARVs

dakar, 30 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The global rise in petrol prices favours oil-producing countries like Chad, but the funds allocated to the fight against AIDS in the government's 2008 budget have decreased compared to 2007 because of a need for increased expenditure on security in this unstable country. full report

YEMEN: New law to guarantee rights of people living with HIV

SANAA, 27 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - A Yemeni non-governmental organisation, made up of members of parliament, has prepared a draft law aimed at guaranteeing the rights of people living with HIV and preventing the spread of the virus. If approved, Yemen would be the third Middle Eastern state to pass such a law, after Djibouti and Sudan. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Government awards ARV tender

Johannesburg, 27 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The awarding of a new tender for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs by South Africa's health department will mean important savings for the state's treatment programme, already the largest in the world and still growing. full report

ZIMBABWE: NGOs withering under foreign currency shortages

Harare, 24 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Scores of nongovernmental (NGO) and humanitarian organisations are threatened with collapse after Zimbabwe's central bank failed to release money required for their operational costs. full report

NAMIBIA: Have wheels, will travel

Kehemu, 16 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Home-based caregiver Salome Vendura knows firsthand that in Namibia’s far-flung rural areas, one of the biggest determinants of HIV/AIDS treatment adherence is access to affordable and reliable transportation. full report

UGANDA: New ARV factory off to a slow start

kampala, 4 March 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Much excitement greeted the opening of Quality Chemicals in 2007, the first manufacturer of antiretroviral (ARV) medication in East Africa, but six months later the production lines are still idle. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Question marks over ARV tender

Johannesburg, 29 February 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The South African health department has called on drug manufacturers to submit bids to supply the government's antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme, just days before the current ARV tender is due to expire. AIDS experts and activists said decisions on which drugs to include were made with little consultation. full report

BOTSWANA: Safari operators alleviating AIDS crisis

Maun, 22 February 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Small charter planes fly tourists from all over the world to safari camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where they view wildlife by day and pay up to US$1,000 a night to stay in luxury lodges or rough it in five-star tents. full report

ZIMBABWE: Cheaper, more accessible ARVs might be on the cards

Harare, 18 January 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication is in perilously short supply in Zimbabwe, and exorbitant prices have kept the scarce drugs out of reach for most HIV-positive Zimbabweans. Could local manufacture make them cheaper and easier to obtain? full report
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Mamaribe Hata-Hata, 17, nurses her sick father
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