HIV exacts big toll, says report

PHNOM PENH, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Prach Vothy, a single mother of two living with HIV, is struggling to make ends meet. Food for herself and her family is often little more than a bowl of boiled water lilies – one of the cheapest items in the local market. full report

ETHIOPIA: Food for body and soul

ADDIS ABABA, 18 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Three years ago, Munit* was hungry, lonely and HIV-positive; her husband refused to be tested and she felt burdened by her secret status, unable to share her daily struggles with friends and family. full report

HIV/AIDS: "Worrying" drop in global spending

NAIROBI, 17 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - International funding for HIV fell by 10 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS; activists worry that a continued reduction will undermine progress in global HIV prevention and treatment efforts. full report

BURUNDI: A struggling PMTCT programme

BUJUMBURA, 12 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - A shortage of health facilities and health workers, frequent drug shortages and a weak government policy mean HIV-positive pregnant women in Burundi often give birth without taking any precautions to prevent transmission of the virus to their children. full report

SWAZILAND: Confusion and panic over supply of ARVs

MBABANE, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Unease is mounting in Swaziland after reports that supplies of antiretrovirals are dangerously low. Resources have never been adequate to tackle the world’s highest HIV infection rate in the tiny kingdom, but in recent months, the cash-poor government and dwindling donor funding have led to increasing panic among people living with HIV. full report

ETHIOPIA: Five-year project to benefit OVC

ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died. full report

HIV/AIDS: The future of HIV diagnostics

NAIROBI, 3 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - As the number of people receiving HIV treatment continues to rise - 6.6 million people were taking antiretroviral drugs by December 2010 – it is important to ensure the technology to test and monitor patients on ARVs be made simpler, cheaper and more easily available to high prevalence, low-income countries, say experts. full report

KENYA: Protest as government grapples with HIV funding shortages

NAIROBI, 18 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Hundreds of Kenyan AIDS activists held a protest on 18 May in the capital, Nairobi to demand that the government meet its commitment to increase annual health and HIV funding. full report

HIV/AIDS: ARVs as prevention must move quickly "from science to action"

NAIROBI, 13 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - A landmark study showing major reductions in HIV transmission among discordant couples due to early treatment may fail to have a significant impact on HIV prevention unless governments and donors are willing to turn the science into action, HIV advocates say. full report

BURUNDI: Displaced women in Bujumbura risk HIV rather than hunger

BUJUMBURA, 26 April 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Desperate and displaced, some Burundian women will do anything, including have unprotected sex for money, to escape the dreadful living conditions in the Bujumbura suburb of Sabe, where more than 480 families of internally displaced persons have lived for several years. full report
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