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09 Jan 2013 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 9 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - Major projected cuts in US government funding for Ethiopia's health sector could greatly undermine the progress the country has made in the fight against HIV, authorities and experts say.

27 Aug 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 27 August 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Beletu Hailemariam, 32, is HIV-positive and knows she should avoid contracting opportunistic infections that could further compromise her immune system. But she lives in one of poorer suburbs of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, and has to share a toilet with dozens of people and walk long distances to access clean water. A year ago, she was diagnosed with typhoid.

12 Jun 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 12 June 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - More than 100 million condoms will be distributed annually to sex workers, men who have sex with men and other groups vulnerable to HIV as part of a new five-year programme to be run by the Ethiopian government and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dubbed MULU, the Amharic word for comprehensive, the US$70 million programme - implemented by the NGOs Population Services International and World Learning - will also target day labourers in the booming construction industry, migrant workers and their partners.

05 Jun 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 5 June 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Successful HIV testing campaigns in Ethiopia are showing a ten-fold jump in the number of people testing each year since 2005.

"Currently, 36 percent of women and 38 percent of men have ever been tested and received their test results," the latest Demographic and Health Survey noted. "Twenty percent of women and 21 percent of men have been tested for HIV and received their results in the 12 months before the [latest] survey," published in March 2012.

26 Mar 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 26 March 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - The government has teamed up with Ethiopia's main employees' and employers' associations to launch a new HIV/AIDS workplace policy that is to be implemented across the nation.

08 Mar 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 8 March 2012 (PlusNews) - Ethiopians with disabilities say they have been largely excluded from the government's national HIV programmes and are unable to access services.

04 Jan 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 4 January 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Ethiopia's new plan to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015 cannot be attained unless men are more meaningfully involved in reproductive health, experts say.

09 Dec 2011 description
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Photo: Allan Gichigi/IRIN For most HIV-positive mothers in Africa, exclusive breastfeeding may be the most practical optionADDIS ABABA, 9 December 2011 (PlusNews) - The latest guidelines on infant-feeding options for HIV-positive mothers in Africa have not been disseminated in many countries, leaving women dangerously confused about the best nutritional path to protect their children from contracting the virus, a new report shows.

16 Jun 2011 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died.

"Even before he passed away, he had stopped providing for us," Kokobe said. "He couldn't bear the idea of living with HIV. I think the guilt is what killed him - after we found out our HIV status he started drinking."

23 Dec 2010 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 23 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Ethiopia's government has come up with an ambitious plan to halve new HIV infections, quadruple its annual condom distribution and put 85 percent of people who need life-prolonging HIV medication on treatment within five years.

An estimated 1.2 million Ethiopians are HIV-positive.

23 Jul 2010 description
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VIENNA, 23 juillet 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Cette semaine, lors de la Conférence internationale sur le sida, l'ancien président des Etats-Unis Bill Clinton a déclaré aux délégués présents qu'en raison de la crise des liquidités, les programmes de lutte contre le VIH devraient être « plus rapides, plus efficaces et moins coûteux ».

IRIN/PlusNews a dressé une liste des différents moyens qui permettraient aux prestataires de services VIH de réduire leurs coûts et de gagner en efficacité :

La délégation des tâches - L'attribution de tâches traditionnellement assumées par les …

24 Jun 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 24 June 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - The United States has named the first eight recipients of its new Global Health Initiative (GHI) Plus grant, aimed at strengthening health systems in developing countries.

Countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi will receive additional US government resources as part of the six-year, US$63 billion initiative to help strengthen national health systems by improving supply chain management, health worker retention, and information management, said Nicole Schiegg of the US Agency for Development (USAID).

Kenya is likely to use the …

03 May 2010 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 3 May 2010 (PlusNews) - With more than half of all Ethiopian adults tested for HIV in the past five years and a campaign for behaviour change in place, specialists are now calling for a more targeted approach.

"Most-at-risk populations" (MARPs) have to be targeted through better understanding of how the epidemic is affecting them and in turn, to develop a more specific response.

"The government has launched a vigorous campaign to fight HIV, but now it is important to ...

23 Apr 2010 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 23 April 2010 (PlusNews) - Grandmother Anchilalo Ejigu was distraught when her daughter died from an HIV-related illness two years ago, leaving behind two children under five; the family's other relatives refused to take in the children, so at the age of 50, Anchilalo became a parent all over again.

"I was really struggling; my business selling beer was not doing well and I had to pay 300 birr [US $22] in rent every month and to find food for the children as well," she told PlusNews in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is starting to recover …

12 Mar 2010 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 12 March 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - On stage in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mestihet Temane, 27, enacts the story of how, after the death of her parents, a young woman winds up alone on the streets with no money, no confidence and no support.

"Sometimes I cry when I'm singing and so do a lot of the people listening," she told IRIN/PlusNews.

Mestihet is a member of Mekdim Ethiopia National Association, a local NGO that performs HIV-related dramas at offices, colleges and community centres.

02 Nov 2009 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 2 November 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Being a university freshman is an exciting time for any young person, but many students get carried away, partying too hard and taking sexual risks.

"It's a chance to experience life; there is no family, there are no restraints," said Biniam Mohammed, project coordinator of the Modelling and Reinforcement to Combat HIV/AIDS (MARCH) project in the Siddist Kilo Campus of Addis Ababa University (AAU).

02 Oct 2009 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 2 October 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - The life of a domestic worker in Ethiopia is rarely an easy one. Often escaping a deeply impoverished existence in the rural areas, these women find themselves in employment hundreds of miles away from their hometowns as maids - or serategnas in the national language, Amharic.

A lack of education, minimal opportunity for normal interaction with society and anecdotal evidence of sexual activity and abuse have led health workers to classify domestic workers as a high-risk group for the contraction of HIV.

10 Aug 2009 description
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ADDIS ABEBA, 10 août 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Simay Muluneh, 32 ans, habitante d'Addis Abeba, la capitale de l'Ethiopie, se demandera toujours ce qui aurait pu se passer. Son mari est mort de complications liées au sida il y a 10 ans, et un an après sa mort, en faisant une demande de visa pour aller travailler au Liban, elle a découvert qu'elle était elle aussi séropositive.

En 2002, elle a appris que son plus jeune fils, âgé de seulement deux mois, était également contaminé.

07 Aug 2009 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 7 August 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Simay Muluneh, 32, who lives in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, will always wonder what might have been. Her husband died of AIDS-related complications 10 years ago, but a year after his death discovered that she, too, was HIV-positive after applying for a visa to work in Lebanon.

In 2002 her youngest child, a boy just two months old, also tested positive.

02 Jun 2009 description
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NAIROBI, 2 juin 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Si l'on confiait aux gouvernements la responsabilité de traiter les personnes atteintes du VIH, et aux ONG celle de satisfaire les besoins supplémentaires, tels que la prévention, le dépistage et l'aide alimentaire, les services seraient moins redondants, d'après des activistes de la société civile venus participer au récent Sommet mondial des citoyens, qui s'est tenu à Nairobi, au Kenya.

Cette approche pourrait permettre de travailler plus efficacement.