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09 Jul 2003 description

In March, UNFPA launched a groundbreaking two-year programme for HIV/AIDS prevention and gender awareness among peacekeepers in Sierra Leone. With over 15,000 troops, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is currently the largest peacekeeping force in the world.

09 Jul 2003 description

UNFPA Representatives from eight African countries and regional officials from WHO, UNHCR, UNAIDS, OCHA and the International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH) met in Ghana in early June to share findings on the impact of more than a decade of conflict on women's health and the transmission of HIV/AIDS. They also worked on national and sub-regional plans to better protect millions of displaced and otherwise war-affected women, men and children in West Africa.

09 Jul 2003 description

In a tiny shelter on the outskirts of Freetown, the UNFPA-supported "Women in Crisis" project is supporting more than 400 women and girls, many of whom suffered terribly during Sierra Leone's recently concluded civil war. Many of the women were raped, sexually abused, or purposely disabled during the conflict. Some were raped in front of their husbands, who were then executed in front of them. Thousands of Sierra Leonean women have turned to commercial sex work to survive, but with HIV/AIDS on the rise, such work can be a death sentence.

06 May 2003 description

On the outskirts of Freetown, up a red clay road gashed by hard rain, sits a makeshift shelter some women call home. One of these women is 19-year-old Khadija Bah. "I found this place a long time ago," she said. "I was living a bad life and met Auntie Juliana."
"Auntie Juliana" is Juliana Konteh, a 42-year-old Evangelist missionary who started the Women in Crisis project in 1997. "I met some ladies in a brothel and decided to help them," she explained. "They needed food, clothing, care and attention."

06 Mar 2003 description

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 6 March - After more than a decade of civil war, Sierra Leone is now confronted with a new enemy: HIV/AIDS. In response to this emerging crisis, the United Nations today launched a ground-breaking initiative involving United Nations peacekeepers to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and slow the spread of infection.

23 Jan 2003 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 23 January 2003 - Responding to the deadly interaction between HIV/AIDS and food crises affecting some 40 million Africans, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is organizing three regional meetings to help ensure that relief efforts address both issues in an integrated manner.