Early Warning

Male circumcision programme suffers setback

KISUMU, 2 March 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Kenya's most recent male circumcision rapid results initiative failed to meet its target, and officials are stepping up efforts to identify and fix the problems that could foil the government's campaign to circumcise more than one million men by 2013. full report

KENYA: Shortage of HIV test kits raises concerns

NAROK, 27 January 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Voluntary counselling and testing centres around Kenya are turning people away due to a shortage of HIV testing kits after the recall in December of more than one million faulty HIV tests. full report

HEALTH: HIV and the risk of non-communicable diseases

NAIROBI, 22 December 2011 (PlusNews Global) - While antiretroviral drugs have significantly improved the life expectancy of people living with HIV, the virus - and often the ARVs themselves - can make people more susceptible to non-communicable diseases than the rest of the population. full report

HEALTH: TB programming, research slowed by inadequate funding

NAIROBI, 1 December 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The number of people dying from tuberculosis fell to its lowest level in a decade in 2010, but experts warn that a shortfall of US$1 billion for TB programmes in 2012, and the recent cancellation of funding by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, threaten these gains. full report

MALAWI: The rush to rationalize

JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2011 (PlusNews Global) - As international HIV funding declines, nations are bracing for a future with less money and tougher choices. In countries like donor-dependent Malawi, a new UNAIDS tool is already beginning to shape how to rationalize their HIV responses to cope with the altered circumstances. full report

SOUTH SUDAN: Sex workers risk violence, HIV in Juba's brothels

JUBA, 28 November 2011 (PlusNews Global) - In the tin warehouses at the back of Jebel Market, in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the business of sex is booming; in the rows and rows of tiny, dark, padlocked rooms - a so-called "sex camp" - girls and women practise the world's oldest profession in the world's newest country. full report

KENYA: NCDs and HIV fight for limited resources

NAIROBI, 20 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The crowd of health issues jostling for a share of Kenya's inadequate health budget is expanding, with activists calling for an increase in resources for the management of non-communicable diseases, which account for more than 50 percent of hospital deaths and admissions. full report

KENYA-SOMALIA: Hidden sex work, HIV risk in Dadaab

DADAAB, 16 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - At Ifo trading centre, a short distance from northeastern Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, Hawa*, a teenage girl, sits in a dark room on an old jerry can holding a small bunch of fresh khat, a mild stimulant, ostensibly for sale. full report

MALAWI: ARV supply and funding woes

BLANTYRE, 9 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - By 9am, the Limbe Health Centre in Malawi's second city, Blantyre, is already full. HIV-positive patients are lining up to collect their antiretrovirals, despite reports of shortages at state clinics and hospitals. full report

KENYA-SOMALIA: Refugees at risk of sexual violence

DADAAB, 8 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Amina*, 27, left her home town of Kismayo in south-central Somalia at the end of May for northern Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. The journey took her and her four children 14 days and nearly broke them, but between the famine and the conflict, she was afraid that staying in Somalia could mean death. full report
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