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31 Oct 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments' attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major challenge.

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."

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.

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.

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 …

23 Jun 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 23 June 2009 (PlusNews) - It has been two years since the World Health Organization recommended male circumcision (MC) as an HIV prevention measure, and countries in Southern Africa - the region hardest-hit by AIDS - have been slowly gearing up to provide widespread access to the procedure.

IRIN/PlusNews has compiled a list of the progress made so far in eight southern African countries.

Botswana: Botswana's Ministry of Health has set a target to circumcise 80 percent of eligible men, or about 460,000, by 2012.

22 Jan 2007 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 22 January (PLUSNEWS) - Some countries made progress in protecting and supporting women and children affected by HIV/AIDS during 2006 but huge gaps remained, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned in a new report this week.

In its 'Children and AIDS: A Stocktaking Report', the agency charged that the overall global response was still "tragically insufficient".

Although acknowledging that …

26 Aug 2004 description
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13 Jul 2004 description
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18 Nov 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 18 November (PLUSNEWS) - As a prevention and vulnerability advisor, Aurorita Mendoza is responsible for addressing the prevention needs of some of the population groups hardest-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Young people, who account for half of all new adult infections, were the focus of Mendoza's recent trip to Southern Africa, where she attended a consultative meeting on the Southern African Youth (SAY) on AIDS initiatives.

04 Sep 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 4 September (PLUSNEWS) - The explosive impact of HIV/AIDS on food security in Africa is now well recognised. But little has been done to empower rural communities with local resources to cope with this crisis, a report has found.

03 Apr 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 3 April (PLUSNEWS) - Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is visiting Southern Africa this week to bring attention to the particularly "devastating effect" the region's humanitarian crisis is having on women and girls. She spoke to PlusNews about the recently established UN Secretary-General's Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Women, and the need for women to be at the centre of responses to Southern Africa's humanitarian crisis.

09 Jan 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 9 January (PLUSNEWS) - Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, spent two weeks in Southern Africa last month where he witnessed the dire combination of acute food shortages and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

08 Jan 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 8 January (PLUSNEWS) - The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa could be turned around, despite the devastating toll on human lives, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis, said on Tuesday.