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15 Mar 2013 description
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MAPUTO, 15 March 2013 (PlusNews) - Mozambique has completed its first HIV vaccine trial and is set to embark on a second, a demonstration of the country’s increased HIV research capacity.

23 Mar 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 23 March 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of HIV-positive people globally. Almost 15 years ago the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS recommended that people living with HIV be given isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT), to prevent active TB, but national implementation of IPT has been slow.

IPT, intensified TB case finding, and infection control are now the World Health Organization's three strategies for reducing TB among people living with HIV, also known as the "Three I's for HIV-TB."

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.

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)

25 Nov 2011 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 24 November 2011 (PlusNews) - The Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria has cancelled its next round of funding and cut off countries like Russia, China and Brazil after donors failed to deliver US$2.2 billion in previously committed funding. Emergency funding measures will now be put in place for some countries.

19 Jul 2011 description
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ROME, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews) - Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts.

25 Nov 2010 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 25 novembre 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Lorsqu'on cherche à comprendre les raisons de la propagation du VIH chez les jeunes en Afrique australe, l'épicentre de la pandémie mondiale de sida, pourquoi ne pas s'adresser directement aux jeunes eux-mêmes ?

Il s'agit précisément de la démarche adoptée par les chercheurs du Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT), dans le cadre d'une étude portant sur cinq pays et menée en partenariat avec la Division de la recherche sur l'économie de la santé et le VIH/SIDA (HEARD en anglais) de l'Université du KwaZulu-Natal.

19 Nov 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 19 November 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - When it comes to understanding what drives HIV infections among young people in southern Africa, the epicentre of the global AIDS pandemic, why not ask young people themselves?

A five-country study by the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT) in partnership with the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal did just that, and the picture that has emerged is more complex than many prevention programmes targeting youth have allowed for.

"Life is complicated so our prevention interventions need to …

25 Oct 2010 description
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MAPUTO, 25 October 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Delayed test results often mean HIV patients in Mozambique fail to get timely treatment, but new technology is reducing the need to send tests to far away laboratories, and speeding up test results and HIV treatment.

Mozambique's Ministry of Health has increasingly begun experimenting with new technology to make diagnosing and monitoring HIV patients quicker and easier.

11 Oct 2010 description
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TETE, 11 October 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - For HIV patients in Africa, monthly trips to refill antiretroviral (ARV) prescriptions cost time and money that may be in short supply. But a new strategy being pioneered in Mozambique is easing the burden of monthly refills for patients and the health system.

Developed by health workers with the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the strategy centres on self-formed, community-based groups of ARV patients who work as a team to collect their drugs and monitor each other for treatment adherence and general health.

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 …

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 …

02 Mar 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 2 March 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.

IRIN/PlusNews lists the progress of 13 nations in eastern and southern Africa identified as priority countries for male circumcision scale-up by the UN World Health Organization.

Kenya: An estimated 85 percent of men are circumcised, but just 40 percent of those in Nyanza province, which has the country's highest prevalence, have had the procedure.

11 Jan 2010 description
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TETE, 11 January 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Stefania*, 17, who has been wheelchair-bound since being involved in a traffic accident as a child, likes to go to Celso's, a popular bar in Matundo, a suburb of Tete city in northwestern Mozambique.

From her vantage point at Celso's she can see the long line of trucks waiting to cross the Zambezi River on one of the few bridges in the region, making Matundo a busy hub for people and merchandise travelling between the port of Beira and Malawi.

Adult HIV prevalence in Mozambique is 16 percent, but what Stefania knows about the disease she has …

30 Oct 2009 description
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NAIROBI, 30 October 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - The use of mid-level health workers rather than doctors to prescribe antiretroviral treatment (ART), a strategy called task-shifting, has enabled Mozambique to triple the number of facilities providing medication within six months, according to a new study.

The report, published in the in the latest edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, by Kenneth Sherr from the University of Washington and officials in Mozambique's Health Ministry, found that patients from rural and disadvantaged areas could also access quality ART …

05 Aug 2009 description
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MAPUTO, 5 August 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Maputo, capital of Mozambique, and the country's second city, Beira this week, to protest the government's closure of day care hospitals for HIV-positive patients.

In Maputo, activists handed Health Minister Paulo Ivo Garrido a memorandum slamming the decision, which they said was a setback in the national response to the epidemic.

06 Jul 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 6 July 2009 (PlusNews) - When it comes to incorporating gender-related policies and interventions into their HIV/AIDS programmes, three of the largest global AIDS donors talk the talk, but have largely failed to walk the walk.

These are the findings of a new study, Moving Beyond Gender as Usual, by the Washington-based Centre for Global Development (CDG).

Based on interviews with donor staff, government representatives, and recipient organizations in Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia, the …

24 Jun 2009 description
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ESPUNGABERA, 24 June 2009 (PlusNews) - Eurico Jero, 31, opens his satchel and takes out condoms to distribute to the crowd at a rally in Espungabera, a city of some 27,000 in Mozambique's central region, and the capital of Mossurize district.

17 Jun 2009 description
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BEIRA, 17 June 2009 (PlusNews) - Nearly 20 percent of Mozambique's civil servants are HIV positive, but given that several government ministries lack reliable data, this number could even be higher, a study has warned.

According to a Demographic Impact Study by the government, around 19.2 percent of 167,420 public employees were found to be HIV positive, which is higher than the national prevalence rate of 16 percent.

Moreover, Célia Matavele, national coordinator of the Ministry of Public Employment's Nucleus for the Fight against HIV/AIDS, believes some public employees are …

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NAIROBI, 15 juin 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Aide alimentaire et abris en plastique sont des caractéristiques associées à toute catastrophe, ce qui n'est pas toujours le cas des préservatifs et des antirétroviraux, bien que les agences humanitaires reconnaissent le lien entre situation d'urgence et augmentation du risque VIH.

« Souvent, la prévention du VIH n'est pas une priorité, particulièrement dans les contextes d'urgence soudaine, mais en fait la prévention du VIH est une question vitale qui requiert d'être [considérée comme] une priorité dans la réponse d'urgence », …