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AFRICA: IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 322, 09 February 2007

JOHANNESBURG, 9 February (PLUSNEWS) - NEWS: SOUTHERN AFRICA: Red Cross programme threatened by funding...Full report


MOZAMBIQUE: Young people's radio show breaks down taboos

Photo: Bill Cocorran/IRIN

MAPUTO , 8 February (PLUSNEWS) - Subjects like HIV/AIDS and child trafficking, usually considered taboo in Mozambican society, are being openly discussed by the teenage presenters of radio and television programmes for young people. Full report


SOUTH AFRICA: Clarity sought in microbicides furore

JOHANNESBURG, 7 February (PLUSNEWS) - Confusion has erupted over the safety of the microbicide trials, which were halted after preliminary results showed the proposed prophylactic could increase the risk of HIV infection.Full report


SOUTH AFRICA: Farmworkers challenged to curb risky behaviour

HOEDSPRUIT, 7 February (PLUSNEWS) - January is mango season in Hoedspruit, in South Africa's Limpopo Province, and casual fruit pickers, mostly women, flood the area's farms in search of work. Full report


SWAZILAND: The triumph over fear

Photo: WFP/Richard Lee

MBABANE, 6 February (PLUSNEWS) - In a remarkable reversal of perceptions about AIDS, public testing by religious and business leaders is changing attitudes towards both the disease and being tested for it. Full report


SOUTHERN AFRICA: Red Cross programme threatened by funding

JOHANNESBURG, 6 February (PLUSNEWS) - A major campaign by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to scale up its HIV and AIDS programmes in Southern Africa is being threatened by a looming funding shortfall. Full report


SOUTH AFRICA: Group calls for more research on sexual violence

Photo: Andrew Bannister

PRETORIA, 5 February (PLUSNEWS) - Though sexual violence affects millions around the world every year, deeply entrenched cultural taboos and a lack of political leadership have historically left the issue largely unrecognised in government boardrooms, health ministries, and scientific research. But that may change, as an emerging global initiative argues sexual violence is a legitimate public health and human rights issue that warrants its own research, prevention, and interventions.Full report


PAKISTAN: Commercial sex workers face HIV threat

LAHORE , 3 February (PLUSNEWS) - Beena, 50, runs an 'establishment' in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, where her two daughters and a niece sell their bodies. "Most of us here know all about this AIDS thing. Some NGO people keep coming and talk to the girls about it Ė but just knowing about it is not always of much use," she mused, chewing on a wodge of tobacco.Full report


AFRICA: IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 321, 02 February 2007

JOHANNESBURG, 2 February (PLUSNEWS) - NEWS: GLOBAL: Microbicide research suffers major setback Full report


GLOBAL: Microbicide research suffers major setback

NAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG, 1 February (PLUSNEWS) - Progress in developing an effective anti-HIV microbicide was dealt a major blow this week when researchers halted trials of a microbicide gel after preliminary results showed it could increase the risk of HIV infection.Full report

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MOZAMBIQUE: Young people's radio show breaks down taboos
SOUTH AFRICA: Clarity sought in microbicides furore
SOUTH AFRICA: Farmworkers challenged to curb risky behaviour
SWAZILAND: The triumph over fear
SOUTH AFRICA: Group calls for more research on sexual violence

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