Uganda government under pressure to boost ARV funding

KAMPALA, 14 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The Ugandan government's draft 2013/2014 budget allocates US$38.5 million to enrol a further 100,000 people living with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. But activists say the money, while welcome in a country still largely dependent on donor funds for its HIV programmes, is not sufficient to meet treatment needs. full report

Activists pressure Kenya's presidential candidates to act on HIV

BOMET, 25 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A small team of HIV/AIDS activists is trailing Kenyan presidential candidates as they crisscross the country, pressing them to increase their commitment to the care and treatment of people living with HIV. full report

HIV/AIDS: "Mild growth" in private US, EU funding for HIV

NAIROBI, 9 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Private philanthropists in the European Union and the US spent some US$644 million on global HIV/AIDS programmes in 2011, a 5 percent increase from 2010, largely driven by funding from a small number of large donors, a new report has revealed. full report

KENYA: Push to meet 2013 male circumcision targets

KISUMU, 6 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - With just over one year left to achieve its target of having some 1.1 million men circumcised as part of HIV-prevention efforts, Kenyan male circumcision programmes are ramping up efforts to bring more men into clinics, compensating them for their time and encouraging them to bring friends in for the procedure. full report

UGANDA: Mixed progress in male circumcision campaign

KAMPALA, 6 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - More than 380,000 Ugandan men have been circumcised in the last two years as part the government's HIV-prevention efforts, new statistics reveal. full report

UGANDA: Worrying HIV levels among civil servants

KAMPALA, 12 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - HIV prevalence among public servants in Uganda is 16.3 percent, more than twice the national average, according to a recently released assessment of the epidemic among the country's various sectors. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Straight talk with Fareed Abdullah, head of the South African AIDS council

JOHANNESBURG, 11 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Tasked with leading the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) through its most ambitious and far-reaching reform yet, Fareed Abdullah has his work cut out for him. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Revamped AIDS council makes its debut

JOHANNESBURG, 9 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - After a troubled past, a revamped South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was recently unveiled, coinciding with the announcement that the country has achieved universal access to HIV treatment. South Africa must now ramp-up prevention, new SANAC CEO Fareed Abdullah said. full report

HIV/AIDS: Free ARVs for all in England

LONDON, 8 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - On the first day of October, a law change enabled everyone in England, regardless of their immigration status, to obtain free treatment for HIV and AIDS. This marks a victory for advocacy groups that have long argued that the health system restricted access to HIV treatment for some of the country's most vulnerable people. full report

UGANDA: HIV trust fund in the works

KAMPALA, 3 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The government of Uganda is planning to establish a US$1 billion-dollar HIV trust fund to finance local HIV programmes. full report
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