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SOMALIA: Commission to coordinate anti-HIV/AIDS efforts in Puntland

HARGEYSA, 18 October (PLUSNEWS) - Authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, launched on Saturday a commission to coordinate efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full report

MALI: Defining a national care plan for kids at risk

BAMAKO, 3 June (PLUSNEWS) - Noumousso Mariko found the little girl outside her door one morning in 2000 when she was leaving for the office. The child was seven years old, orphaned, and HIV-positive, and her aunt had decided to abandon her there because she could no longer cope. Full report

MALI: Excision practiced where pre-Islamic traditions strongest

SELINGUE, 15 June (PLUSNEWS) - The overwhelming majority of women in Mali still undergo female circumcision in their youth, but attitudes are changing, and now a US $2 million public awareness campaign by Plan International is set to change them even faster. Full report

SOMALIA: Campaign against FGM launched on Women's Day

NAIROBI, 8 March (PLUSNEWS) - On the occasion of International Women's Day, a campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been launched throughout Somalia, where an estimated 98 percent of all women have undergone the ritual. Full report

SOMALIA: UNICEF urges leaders to join fight against HIV/AIDS

NAIROBI, 1 December (PLUSNEWS) - On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to Somali leaders to join the fight against the disease and support the youth in tackling it, according to a press statement issued by the agency on Monday. Full report

MALI: Tuberculosis makes a comeback as patients fail to seek treatment

BAMAKO, 23 October (PLUSNEWS) - Tuberculosis is making a comeback in Mali, partly as a result of HIV/AIDS patients falling prey to the disease, but also because the respiratory disease is considered shameful and patients are reluctant to seek treatment, government officials said. Full report

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SOMALIA-KENYA: Making headway with the HIV message in refugee camps

DADAAB, 26 February (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - HIV/AIDS awareness messages are falling on fertile ground in Dadaab refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, where more than 140,000 Somalis who have fled insecurity in their home country have found a safe haven. Full report

SOMALIA: Sisters doing it for themselves

NAIROBI, 31 January (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Somali women are taking the initiative in the fight against AIDS with a programme to educate their peers in this conservative Muslim nation. Full report

SOMALIA: Cross-border migration an HIV/AIDS threat

NAIROBI, 5 December (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Somalia's HIV prevalence of about one percent is low, but the cross-border movement of people is causing an increase in infection rates, according to Dr Fernando Morales of the UN Children's Fund's Somalia office. Northwestern Somalia, which shares a frontier with Ethiopia, is particularly at risk. Full report

SOMALIA: HIV/AIDS services struggling to get off the ground

NAIROBI, 22 November (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - In the two years since the first voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) centre opened up in Somalia, HIV treatment, care and support has come a long way, but renewed violence threatens those gains. Full report

SOMALIA: Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission starts

NAIROBI, 18 August (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Somalia's health care system is virtually nonexistent after fifteen years of violence and lawlessness, leaving HIV-positive pregnant women without the services and knowledge they need to prevent them from transmitting the virus to their unborn babies. Full report

SOMALIA: Youth-friendly magazine passing on HIV/AIDS message

HARGEYSA, 5 July (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - In the self-declared republic of Somaliland, where discussions about sex remain taboo, a group of young people have been passing the HIV/AIDS message on to their peers through a youth-friendly magazine, Koor. Full report

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