Stigma, insecurity hold back HIV fight in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 3 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Residents of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, are understandably more concerned with dodging bullets than avoiding HIV, but this lack of knowledge means widespread ignorance about HIV prevention, while people who are HIV-positive are often ostracized by their communities. full report

COTE D'IVOIRE: Political crisis affects supply of ARVs

ABIDJAN, 4 February 2011 (PlusNews Global) - As Côte d'Ivoire's political stalemate drags on, NGOs are becoming increasingly concerned about its effect on the supply of life-prolonging antiretroviral medicines. full report

AFRICA: Study highlights need for better post-rape care in conflict

Nairobi, 19 October 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Recent research into the effect of mass rape on HIV in conflict situations has highlighted the need for better post-rape care services for affected women and girls. full report

SUDAN: Stigma continues to hold back Darfur's HIV fight

NYALA, 13 October 2010 (PlusNews Global) - There are nine voluntary counselling and testing centres in the Sudanese state of South Darfur, but rather than risk being recognized at one of them, many people travel to a different state to seek HIV testing or treatment. full report

EAST AFRICA: Community radio reaches refugees with HIV messages

NGARA, 1 October 2010 (PlusNews Global) - An FM radio station broadcasting from the western Tanzanian town of Ngara is bringing vital HIV prevention information to thousands of Burundian and Rwandan refugees living in the region. full report

KENYA: Ill-equipped for election-related sexual violence

NAIROBI, 3 August 2010 (PlusNews Global) - On the eve of the referendum on the constitution that has divided Kenya, health workers fear they are not equipped to deal with a possible resurgence of the sexual violence that followed the December 2007 election. full report

AFRICA: Addressing the role of religion in HIV response

NAIROBI, 30 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - At a church compound in Nairobi's Mathare slum, women and their children line up for food rations. Among them is Zipporah Mueni, an HIV-positive mother of five. full report

KENYA: Growing self-esteem at farm schools

BURNT FOREST, 19 May 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Rural Kenyans affected by the post-election violence in 2008 are among thousands of beneficiaries of a programme that aims to improve food security and incomes and reduce women's vulnerability to gender-based violence by teaching better farming techniques. full report

EAST AFRICA: The military as "agents for change"

KIGALI, 30 March 2010 (PlusNews Global) - East African armies should be used as a resource to fight HIV/AIDS in the general population, a workshop on HIV/AIDS in the peace and security sectors heard in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. full report

SUDAN: Battling HIV in a post-conflict army

JUBA, 29 January 2010 (PlusNews Global) - The evidence of five years of peace is everywhere in Juba, regional capital of Southern Sudan - in the brisk trade in the city's markets, its packed bars and nightclubs, and in the relaxed gait of the soldiers of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). full report
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