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

Photo: UNICEF Egypt/Pirozzi 2005

DADAAB, 26 February (PLUSNEWS) - 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

SWAZILAND: Orphans get more than a helping hand

Photo: UNICEF Swaziland/2005

MBABANE, 21 February (PLUSNEWS) - Sipho, 7, an orphan, sat overwhelmed amid his new and only possessions - a mattress, blanket and a supply of food. "Is it mine?" he asked uncertainly as he gazed at the multicoloured mattress wrapped in plastic.Full report

ANGOLA: The pros and cons of snipping

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LUANDA, 21 February (PLUSNEWS) - Friends Paula and Marta giggle at the suggestion of having sex with an uncircumcised man; both say they have only tried it once. Full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Small AIDS organisations lost in funding maze

JOHANNESBURG, 21 February (PLUSNEWS) - Millions of donor dollars earmarked for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment pour into Africa every year. The lion's share is channelled through governments and the well-known, international NGOs that are assumed to have the capacity to manage large sums of money; but countless smaller, home-grown initiatives, many of them started by local people in response to an urgent need in their communities, battle for a piece of the pie. Full report

AFRICA: Donors call the shots in HIV/AIDS sector

Photo: UNCDF

JOHANNESBURG, 21 February (PLUSNEWS) - Large international donor agencies have become major players in Africa's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Despite talk of 'partnering' with their recipients, they have usually called the shots. Unsurprisingly, considering the millions of dollars in play, they have insisted on high levels of transparency and accountability from recipients and have punished perceived corruption or mismanagement by hasty withdrawals of funds.Full report

BURUNDI: Reluctant HIV-positive refugees urged to return home

Photo: IRIN

BUJUMBURA, 19 February (PLUSNEWS) - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, is urging HIV-positive Burundian refugees in camps in neighbouring Tanzania to return home, where they will have better access to treatment and care.Full report

GAMBIA: Presidentís AIDS cure raising more questions than answers

Photo: Nicholas Reader/IRIN

BANJUL, 12 February (PLUSNEWS) - An unsubstantiated but well-publicised claim by The Gambiaís President Yahya Jammeh that he can cure AIDS risks setting back efforts to stop the virus from spreading in the tiny West Africa nation and the region, campaigners warn.Full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Rural orphan-care programmes struggle

TZANEEN, 12 February (PLUSNEWS) - The lush hills in the Tzaneen Municipality of South Africa's Limpopo Province may seem a better place to spend a childhood than the dusty, overcrowded townships of Johannesburg, but living in the countryside can add to the hardships of children who are HIV positive or have lost parents to AIDS.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

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SOMALIA-KENYA: Making headway with the HIV message in refugee camps
SWAZILAND: Orphans get more than a helping hand
ANGOLA: The pros and cons of snipping
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Small AIDS organisations lost in funding maze
AFRICA: Donors call the shots in HIV/AIDS sector


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