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SIERRA LEONE: First post-war countrywide survey shows 1.5 percent HIV prevalence

FREETOWN, 20 December (PLUSNEWS) - The first countrywide HIV/AIDS survey carried out in Sierra Leone since the end of its 11-year war shows a relatively low prevalence rate of 1.5 percent, according to the head of the National AIDS Secretariat, Brima Kargbo. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: New survey expected to show much higher HIV prevalence rate

FREETOWN, 17 February (PLUSNEWS) - Sierra Leone has announced plans to launch a nationwide HIV/AIDS survey in the next two months following widespread indications that the real rate of HIV prevalence is four or five times greater than the official government estimate of less than one percent. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: 300 people to receive free antiretroviral drugs

FREETOWN, 20 January (PLUSNEWS) - The government of Sierra Leone has launched a programme to provide free antiretrovial (ARV) drugs to 300 people living with AIDS, Professor Sidi Alghali, director of the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) said. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: Efforts to break down HIV/AIDS stigma starting to pay off

FREETOWN, 9 December (PLUSNEWS) - HIV/AIDS campaigners in war-scarred Sierra Leone say the stigma surrounding the disease is starting to be chipped away, with more people coming forward and some not afraid to wear T-shirts announcing they have the virus. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: UN peacekeepers equipped to prevent HIV/AIDS

JOHANNESBURG, 13 March (PLUSNEWS) - UN peacekeepers in Sierra Leone will soon be equipped with knowledge and skills to prevent HIV/AIDS under a recently-launched initiative designed to curb the growing spread of the epidemic in the military. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: World Bank loan for reconstruction and HIV/AIDS

ABIDJAN, 28 March (PLUSNEWS) - The World Bank has agreed in principle to allocate over US $140 million to support reconstruction and development efforts, and to fight HIV/AIDS in the war-torn country, the bank said on Wednesday. Full report

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SIERRA LEONE: Stigma and fear prevent uptake of vital services

FREETOWN, 26 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Stigma against HIV/AIDS and fear of learning one's status are slowing the uptake of free testing and treatment services in Sierra Leone. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: HIV/AIDS is here to stay and needs to be a priority

FREETOWN, 10 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Denial and ignorance of HIV/AIDS are still major problems in post-war Sierra Leone, hindering care and support for people living with the virus. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: Enlisting chiefs in the fight against HIV/AIDS

KOIDU, 24 August (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - In Sierra Leone, where poverty is endemic and the overwhelming majority are illiterate, the paramount chief is an elected leader and the main conduit through which information is channelled and circulated. The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) hopes to harness this influence in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: Diamonds not always a girl's best friend

KOIDU, 30 June (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - "It was after the war you see, when the rebels had killed my mother and my father, burnt down our house, leaving me and my younger siblings with nothing, nowhere to go and no one to look after us," said Rebecca Esano, 25, a former sex worker in Koidu, a town in the diamond-rich east of Sierra Leone. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: Diamond boom towns ignore threat of AIDS

KOIDU, 27 June (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - In rough hewn pits, knee-deep in water, miners pan for diamonds in Koidu, eastern Sierra Leone, searching for the elusive gems that could transform their lives. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: Armed forces break new ground in battle against HIV/AIDS

FREETOWN, 8 May (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Soldiers whooped out a cheer as a trio of singers kitted out in combat fatigues crooned "Go for your VCCT test," and a back-up group dressed in purple satin broke into a routine. A pioneering information campaign, better health services and support from army wives are coming together to help Sierra Leone's armed forces fight HIV/AIDS. Full report

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