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ZIMBABWE: AIDS literacy campaign targets women

Zimbabwean women are the focus of a new HIV/AIDS education initiative launched by the Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS).

SAfAIDS officials hailed the 'Women's Treatment Literacy Toolkit for Communities' as a timely intervention, given that more than half the people living with the HI virus in the impoverished country were women.

Doctor Nyasha Madzingira said in a statement: "The toolkit would help empower women with information on AIDS-related treatment and care issues. It would also assist in improving their levels of adherence to treatment and motivate women to go for voluntary counselling and testing."

Formerly a high prevalence country, Zimbabwe recently became the first Southern African nation to report a significant decline in HIV infection, from 24.6 percent in 2003 to 20.1 percent in 2005.

Theme (s): Care/Treatment - PlusNews,

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