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22 May 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 22 May 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - The prevalence of drug-resistant HIV strains in Uganda has risen from 8.6 percent to 12 percent in the last five years, one of the highest rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent study.

The PharmAccess African Studies to Evaluate Resistance (PASER) monitoring cohort study report for 2008-2012 found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance among people who have never taken life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication was substantially higher in Uganda.

18 Apr 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 15 April 2012 (PlusNews) - Grantees of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria who allegedly committed fraud or misused funds unwittingly did a lot of damage to the Fund – and, many say, global health - as donors withdrew and the beleaguered organization faced a "crisis of confidence" in recent years. But the Fund has responded and is undergoing an extensive restructuring process. IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at some of the alleged fraudsters and the progress of the investigations.

2009 - Mali

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.

08 Oct 2011 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2011 (PlusNews) - Hormonal birth-control injections may double a woman's risk of contracting HIV and passing it on to her partner, according to a new study. The research comes at a time when many governments are looking to scale up their family-planning programmes in a bid to reduce maternal mortality.

03 Dec 2010 description
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ACCRA/NAIROBI, 3 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Some 80 health professionals and telecom operators are meeting in the Ghanaian capital Accra to explore ways to use mobile phones for better healthcare delivery.

"What we are trying to do here is to find out what mobile technology applications will help us fix some of Africa's health problems," said Fiemu Nwariaku, professor of surgery in Ghana and a moderator at the 2-3 December Mobile Health Africa Summit. The efforts are aimed particularly at improving healthcare for underserved populations.

11 Nov 2009 description
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NAIROBI, 11 November 2009 (PlusNews) - Programmes supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reported 2.3 million people on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in June 2009.

24 Nov 2008 description
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LAGOS, 24 novembre 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - Pour se marier au Nigeria, souvent, il ne suffit pas que les mariés se présentent devant l'autel, en présence des témoins, alliances en main : de nombreuses églises chrétiennes demandent également les résultats des tests de dépistage VIH des futurs mariés.

A une époque o=F9 les relations sexuelles avant le mariage sont devenues la norme, plusieurs églises orthodoxes et certaines églises pentecôtistes promeuvent le dépistage obligatoire.

L'intention affichée par les églises est de prévenir l'infection au VIH, et non de punir ceux qui en …