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19 Jul 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS [ http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/togetherwewillendaids/ ], released on 18 July.

31 May 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 31 May 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - When Redempta*, 22, fled the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) two years ago and came to Kenya, she quickly had to find a source of income to feed and house herself and her two younger siblings. But as an illegal immigrant with no knowledge of local languages, her options were very limited.

"I met some women from my country [DRC] and they introduced me to sex work because I needed to pay for the house and buy food for my siblings. I couldn't get any [other] work," she told IRIN/PlusNews.

08 May 2012 description
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KINSHASA, 8 May 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Sarah, 16, started sleeping on the streets of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), when she was only eight years old. She doesn't remember how she came to live on the streets, but thinks it was soon after her mother died.

03 May 2012 description
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KINSHASA, 4 May 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Many national hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are not accepting new HIV-positive patients for antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. The only way to get onto a treatment list is to wait until a space opens up due to a death or drop-out, or seek the limited treatment options available outside the government's programmes, but few people can afford the drugs.

24 Apr 2012 description
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KINSHASA, 24 April 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Poorly integrated maternal health services, a lack of human resources and a serious shortage of money for treatment mean the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is unlikely to meet the global plan of eliminating [ http://www.plusnews.org/Report/91250/HIV-AIDS-Looking-forward-to-an-AIDS-free-generation ] mother-to-child transmission by 2015.

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KINSHASA, 3 April 2012 (PlusNews) - Twelve HIV-positive women held a fashion show in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 30 March to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of people with HIV/AIDS, and challenge donors and the authorities to provide adequate treatment.

29 Mar 2012 description
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ISINGIRO, 29 March 2012 (PlusNews) - Health workers manning five health centres in two refugee camps in the southwestern Ugandan district of Isingiro say they are overwhelmed by the high number of refugees and local residents in need of HIV services.

Severe personnel shortages in Nakivale and Oruchinga refugee settlements have led to long queues at the clinics and placed a heavy burden on the few health workers available, many of whom often have to take double shifts to meet demand.

23 Mar 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 23 March 2012 (PlusNews) - Almost a thousand Swazi and South African HIV activists marched to the United States consulate in Johannesburg on 22 March 2012 to demand that the US continue supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, and safeguard funding of its President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which US President Barack Obama's latest proposed budget will cut by 12 percent.

02 Feb 2012 description
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NAIROBI/KINSHASA, 2 February 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - The lives of thousands of HIV-positive people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are at risk as the country faces declining donor funding and a severe shortage of HIV treatment, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MSF recently launched [ http://www.msf.org/msf/articles/2012/01/85-of-aids-patients-deprived-of-treatment-in-drc.cfm ] a year-long advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the DRC's HIV crisis.

01 Dec 2011 description
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JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, 1 December 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - Faced with the global economic downturn and less money from donors, national HIV programmes in East and Southern Africa - the region hardest hit by HIV/AIDS - are struggling to stay afloat. IRIN/PlusNews brings you a wrap of countries feeling the biggest pinch.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

21 Oct 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 21 octobre 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Une récente étude sur l'impact des viols de masse sur l'incidence du VIH dans les pays touchés par des conflits a souligné le besoin d'offrir de meilleurs soins de santé aux victimes de viols.

Publiée dans AIDS, la revue officielle de l'International AIDS Society, l'étude, intitulée « Assessing the Impact of Mass Rape on the Incidence of HIV in Conflict-affected Countries » [

19 Oct 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 19 October 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Recent research into the effect of mass rape on HIV in conflict situations has highlighted the need for better post-rape care services for affected women and girls.

Published in AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS Society, the study, entitled Assessing the Impact of Mass Rape on the Incidence of HIV in Conflict-affected Countries, found that mass rape could cause about five new HIV infections per 100,000 females per year in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, Somalia and Sierra Leone, double that number in Burundi and …

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NGARA, 1 October 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - An FM radio station broadcasting from the western Tanzanian town of Ngara is bringing vital HIV prevention information to thousands of Burundian and Rwandan refugees living in the region.

A weekly 30-minute HIV-focused programme entitled, You and Me, Together We Can, is broadcast on Radio Kwizera [ http://www.radiokwizera.org/ ] to an estimated 90,000 refugees living in camps in northwestern Tanzania. Its coverage goes beyond the camps, reaching more than six million …

28 May 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 28 mai 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - A mesure que les bailleurs réduisent les fonds accordés aux programmes de lutte contre le VIH et le sida, les progrès accomplis depuis de nombreuses années dans le domaine des traitements du VIH sont compromis et les vies des personnes séropositives sont de plus en plus menacées, selon un nouveau rapport de l'association caritative médicale Médecins sans frontières (MSF).

Améliorer l'accès aux traitements antirétroviraux (ARV) a permis de sauver des vies, de réduire la fréquence de la tuberculose et les nouvelles infections au VIH, et a …

12 Apr 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 12 avril 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - En République démocratique du Congo (RDC), alors que des programmes mis en place par de grands bailleurs touchent à leur fin, et que les soutiens bilatéraux sont limités, le pays risque d'être confronté à des pénuries d'ARV et à une hausse de la mortalité liée au VIH, d'après des travailleurs humanitaires.

Le Programme multi-pays VIH/SIDA de la Banque mondiale (MAP) est entré dans les 10 derniers mois de ses six années de fonctionnement en RDC.

07 Apr 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 7 April 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - With large donor projects winding up and little bilateral support for HIV programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the country is facing the possibility of ARV shortages and rising HIV mortality, say aid workers.

The World Bank's Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Programme (MAP) is in the last 10 months of its six-year run in the DRC. The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, which has been providing medication for opportunistic infections and laboratory support, is expected to halt this aid, while the international funding …

29 Dec 2009 description
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DONGOU, 29 décembre 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - L'arrivée massive de réfugiés fuyant des violences en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) voisine inquiète les acteurs de la lutte contre le sida de la Likouala, région du nord Congo qui affichait jusqu'à il y peu la prévalence du VIH la plus basse du pays mais commence à payer le prix des violences armées récurrentes que connaît cette zone depuis plusieurs années.

Les affrontements intercommunautaires des dernières semaines dans la région de l'Equateur en RDC ont forcé des dizaines de milliers de personnes, en majorité des femmes et …

30 Nov 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights', and the efforts of the continent's developing countries to reach some of the key indicators of universal access are under closer scrutiny than ever. Will they do it?

In December 2005 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) adopted a resolution to assist governments, civil society and NGOs in "scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, with the aim of coming as close as possible to the goal of universal access …

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ISHASHA, 18 November 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced thousands of people to flee across the border into neighbouring countries, but relief workers in Uganda admit that HIV is low on the list of priorities.

"[NGOs] are prioritising water, sanitation, basic health; they are doing a broad intervention," said Innocent Asiimwe, a repatriation officer at the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. "They might do immunisations next week, but until that's sorted, they won't have time for HIV.

25 Mar 2008 description
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KINSHASA, 25 March 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Efforts to combat the spread of tuberculosis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been slowed down by the problem of TB patients also infected with HIV, local health officials said.

"The disease (TB) is on the increase because there is a link with HIV - there are co-infected patients.