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Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms

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The Zimbabwean

In Zimbabwe, 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and there are around 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers are having unprotected sex - and taking antiretroviral drugs afterwards to cut the risk of infection. RUZVIDZO MANDIZHA investigates.

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Kenya + 1 other
Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Rwanda leads in HIV treatment

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EastAfrican

By Christabel Ligami Special Correspondent

Posted Friday, April 18 2014 at 17:35

In Summary

HIV prevalence in Rwanda is 2.9 per cent of the adult population.

Rwanda is the first country globally to achieve the universal coverage of HIV treatment under the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines of 2009.

The achievement of universal HIV coverage has since resulted in more than half of HIV diagnoses and annual incidence falling by 90 per cent.

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L’UNICEF et le Fonds mondial coordonnent leurs actions pour aller au-devant des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants

GENÈVE/NEW YORK– L’UNICEF et le Fonds mondial ont consolidé aujourd’hui un partenariat qui les unissait de longue date par la signature d’un nouvel accord visant à mieux coordonner les efforts visant à alléger le poids du VIH, de la tuberculose et du paludisme et à améliorer la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants

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UNICEF y el Fondo Mundial coordinan esfuerzos para atender a las madres, los recién nacidos y los niños

GINEBRA/NUEVA YORK – UNICEF y el Fondo Mundial reforzaron hoy su asociación de larga data mediante un nuevo acuerdo para coordinar mejor las iniciativas destinadas a reducir la carga de VIH, tuberculosis y malaria y mejorar la salud de las madres, los recién nacidos y los niños.

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UNICEF and Global Fund Coordinate Efforts to Reach Mothers, Newborns and Children

22 April 2014

GENEVA/NEW YORK – UNICEF and the Global Fund today reinforced their long-standing partnership through a new agreement to better coordinate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children.

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Chad + 2 others
UNICEF Chad Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, March 2014

Highlights

· More than 91,000 people have taken refuge in Chad following the escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) (OCHA, March 28- 2014).

· Urgent needs of returnees from CAR remain: shelter, food, health, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

· The nutrition situation in some returnees’ sites is alarming. Prevalence of acute malnutrition exceeds the emergency threshold of 15% in the sites of Doba and Doyaba.

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Mourning versus survival in Swaziland

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IRIN

MBABANE, 21 April 2014 (IRIN) - A traditional two-year mourning period for widows during which women are expected to be confined and not work, is meeting growing resistance in Swaziland.
The custom is ill-suited to today’s smaller more autonomous family units, and the cash-based economy, according to women who have begun to challenge the custom.

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Government of Mauritius pledges to working towards removing HIV-related restrictions on stay and residence

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UNAIDS

The government of Mauritius commits to removing the current stay and residence restrictions for people living with HIV. During a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Port Louis on 18 April, Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam pledged to setting up a special committee to review and make recommendations towards lifting the remaining travel restrictions in the country.

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Le Programme National de Lutte contre le VIH/Sida innove en RDC : accès au traitement antirétroviral simplifié et de qualité

Kinshasa/Lubumbashi, le 19 avril 2014. Le Programme National de Lutte contre le VIH/Sida (PNLS), en collaboration avec ses partenaires, a organisé sa revue nationale du 14 au 19 avril 2014 à Lubumbashi, dans la province du Katanga.

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Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi

OWEN NYAKA

Improvements to Malawi’s network for transporting laboratory samples will help people living with HIV get vital test results quicker. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation network in Malawi.

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Tonkpi : encadreurs de centres sportifs et leaders de jeunesse formés en matière d’IST, de VIH/SIDA et de violences basées sur le genre

Un atelier pour renforcer les capacités de 25 membres de la direction régionale des encadreurs des centres de formation sportifs et des leaders de jeunesse du Tonkpi sur les Infections sexuellement transmissibles (IST), le VIH/SIDA, les violences basées sur le genre (VBG), et la communication pour le changement de comportement a été organisé du mardi 15 au jeudi 17 avril 2014 à Man, localité située à environ 600 km au nord-ouest d’Abidjan.

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Newly elected President of Madagascar commits to overcoming the AIDS epidemic

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UNAIDS

The President of Madagascar, Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina, pledged to do what is necessary to overcome the AIDS epidemic and move towards reaching zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 16 April in Antananarivo, the President said, Madagascar can eliminate new HIV infections and in particular ensure all babies are born free from HIV, with the support and goodwill of UNAIDS and the United Nations family.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, March 31, 2014

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UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – Far North, North, Adamoua and East – which have been facing recurring emergencies such as increased food insecurity after the dry season, widespread epidemics like Cholera and Meningitis, and floods), and the continued influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria.

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World + 39 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Swaziland's Minister Of Health Supports Nutrition For Vulnerable Children And People With HIV + TB

SITEKI – In a community centre for children in rural Swaziland, the Honourable Minister of Health, Sibongile Simelane, stirred a bubbling corn-soya porridge in an aluminium pot over an open fire as if she had been doing this her entire life.

While the elderly women care-givers marvelled at this high government official doing such a humble chore, Simelane dished out the nutrient-rich porridge into plastic bowls for the 34 children who flock to the centre for early education activities and two hot meals a day.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #15, 10 April 2014

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 The third round of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign conducted by Medair started in Tongping on 9 April 2014 targeting persons vaccinated for the first time in the second round. A total of 452 people were vaccinated.

 HIV/AIDs and TB services have been initiated in UN House in Juba III by IMC, Juba Teaching Hospital, and MSF-B respectively with support from MoH, WHO and UNAIDS.

 The health cluster has delivered 965,099 medical interventions to internally displaced persons and host populations across the country.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
USAID FrontLines – March/April 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah

EXTREME POVERTY
Introduction: A Call to Action to End Extreme Poverty

Weathering the Storm: Rice Lifts Bangladesh Village from Saltwater Deluge

Investments, Not Charity, Provide Hope to Ethiopia’s Most Vulnerable Children

In Senegal, First an Implosion and Then a Transformation

Lifting Cambodia’s Poorest Out of Poverty with Health Insurance

Timor-Leste and ConocoPhillips Improving Incomes for Rural Farmers

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Remarks by Tara Simpson, USAID Kenya Deputy Team Leader for HIV, at the Wezesha Orphans & Vulnerable Children Project Launch

It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate the launch of Wezesha Project. Wezesha Project is a USAID partnership with Lifeskills Promoters, and its partners, St Johns’ Community Center and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya, to coordinate the sustainable care of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori Counties.