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HIV/AIDS carers to be taught ARV management

Maputo, 16 January 2007 (PlusNews Global) - The Mozambican Red Cross will begin training hundreds of volunteer workers to manage antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people in their care living with HIV/AIDS. full report

ZIMBABWE: Scepticism over govt plan to treble ARV beneficiaries

Bulawayo, 11 January 2007 (PlusNews Global) - The Zimbabwean government has announced its intention to treble the number of people on its free antiretroviral (ARV) programme in 2007, but experts are sceptical about the health sector's capacity to achieve this goal. full report

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Teaching street children about HIV

Bangui, 28 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - Appalled by the deaths of their friends from AIDS-related infections, the street children of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, did not hesitate when offered the opportunity to learn more about the disease. full report

ZAMBIA: Poor nutrition nullifies benefit of ARV treatment

LUSAKA, 18 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - The poor nutrition often experienced by HIV-positive Zambians on antiretroviral [ARV] drug treatment is nullifying the benefits of the medicine, health experts are warning. full report

ZIMBABWE: Sick economy fuels growth of fake drug market

Harare, 13 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - Zimbabwe's deteriorating health services have made room for a thriving parallel market for drugs, many of them counterfeit, warn concerned health professionals. full report

ANGOLA: Enthusiastic caregivers and silent sufferers

Cabinda, 13 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - Fear of stigmatisation in Angola is keeping people living with HIV/AIDS in hiding. Caregivers are more than willing to help but are having a hard time finding patients to take care of. full report

DRC: An untapped supply of HIV/AIDS treatment

kinshasa, 11 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - Thousands of people living with AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are going without treatment while the production line at a modern antiretroviral (ARV) factory in the east of the country lies largely idle. full report

SWAZILAND: Nurses fleeing the HIV/AIDS frontline

MANZINI, 11 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - "Swaziland is dying. Will the last nurse on duty please turn off the lights?" reads a handwritten note at a clinic in Manzini, the country's AIDS-hit commercial centre, 35km southeast of the capital, Mbabane. full report

SUDAN: Darfur at risk of mounting HIV/AIDS epidemic

KHARTOUM, 7 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - The United Nations is raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in Sudan, but has warned that infection rates may be on the rise in the unstable Darfur region. full report

RWANDA: Need to incorporate nutrition into kids' HIV programmes

NAIROBI, 7 December 2006 (PlusNews Global) - Nearly 45 percent of HIV-positive Rwandan children under five years old are severely malnourished, delegates at a recent paediatric conference on HIV/AIDS heard. full report
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