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01 Sep 2011 description
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LUSAKA, 1 September 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - While most pregnant women in Zambia are now tested for HIV, other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis are not being diagnosed, placing the lives of thousands of women at risk.

By the time Emily Banda*, 31, found out she had syphilis, it was too late - her daughter had died at five months and she had a miscarriage during her second pregnancy.

Banda was only tested for HIV and syphilis after her divorce, when she had moved from the small town of Kalabo in Western Province to the capital, Lusaka.

01 Feb 2011 description
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LUSAKA, 1 February 2011 (PlusNews) - A tiny laboratory capable of doing big things is what Barry Kosloff, working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, has created - a new type of high-tech, low-cost, tuberculosis (TB) lab in a shipping container. He walked IRIN/PlusNews through what it takes to build one.

26 Jan 2011 description
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LUSAKA, 26 January 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - New technologies are helping Zambia make the most of its scarce health workers and laboratories in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), and showing that there may be more to a container than meets the eye.

The Zambia Aids-Related TB Project (ZAMBART), a local NGO that provides testing and treatment, has introduced easy-to-use digital chest x-rays and relatively cheap made-to-order laboratories to help close gaps in stepping up the fight against TB and HIV, which are common co-infections.

In a country where about 39,000 new cases of TB are reported …

10 Jan 2011 description
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Lusaka, 10 January 2011 (PlusNews) - At an increased risk of HIV and often unable to negotiate safe sex with clients, sex workers have been a major focus in HIV prevention and treatment.

02 Dec 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 2 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Zambia is a poor country with a severe shortage of health workers, but it is closer to achieving universal access to antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2010 than many of its equally resource-limited neighbours.

23 Nov 2010 description
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Lusaka, 23 November 2010 (PlusNews) - Before Zambia's public health sector started providing free antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to people living with HIV, Ephraim Banda bought his own medication. But his supply was often interrupted and the available drugs changed frequently and he is now one of a growing number of HIV-positive Zambians who have developed resistance to both first- and second-line ARV drug regimens.

Third-line regimens are often unaffordable or unavailable to people living with HIV in developing countries.

10 Sep 2010 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 10 septembre 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Les patients séropositifs sur le point de débuter un traitement antirétroviral sont mis en garde contre les risques d'omettre une seule dose de leurs médicaments. En effet, le virus peut muter rapidement et devenir résistant aux antirétroviraux (ARV).

30 Apr 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 30 April 2010 (PlusNews) - A new study of adult mortality tells the tale of HIV over decades and across borders and how treatment may have helped to rewrite the ending.

Published in The Lancet's 30 April early online edition, the study compares adult mortality between 1970 and 2010 in 187 countries.

Using data from various sources, including censuses and household surveys, researchers found that HIV was key to reversing the worldwide decline in mortality from 1970 …

29 Apr 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 29 April 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Doing time in Zambia's prisons may be a death sentence, regardless of the crime or conviction, as conditions behind bars drive high rates of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) says a new report.

The first independent review of correctional facilities by human rights organizations - Unjust and Unhealthy: HIV, TB and Abuse in Zambian Prisons - is based on interviews with staff and inmates at six of Zambia's 86 jails.

29 Mar 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 29 March 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - A cheap, widely available antibiotic given to patients when they start taking life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs could reduce HIV mortality resource-limited settings by up to 50 percent says a new study published in the scientific journal, The Lancet. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)60057-8/abstract.

"We studied …

08 Jan 2010 description
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LUSAKA, 5 January 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - New research has found that Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services in Zambia are squandering the opportunity to reach clients with information about how to reduce their HIV risk.

The study, conducted by Private Sector Partnerships-One, (PSP-ONE), a USAID project aimed at increasing the private sector's capacity to provide quality health services in developing countries, looked at VCT services offered by the private, non-governmental, government and faith-based sectors in one urban and one rural province of the country - Copperbelt and …

03 Dec 2009 description
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LUNDAZI, 3 December 2009 (PlusNews) - "When you are poor and you have AIDS, you live with the threat of death above your head.

30 Sep 2009 description
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LUSAKA, 30 September 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - How do you tell your boyfriend that you're a 20-year-old virgin living with HIV? Zambian Chanda Nsofwa was born infected and is now at an age where she has to deal with this and other ticklish questions about sex and HIV.

"We know that some of these children are already having sex or simply want to have it.

30 Jun 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 30 June 2009 (PlusNews) - The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has taken a damagingly narrow approach to HIV prevention in Zambia, ignoring realities on the ground and neglecting the most at-risk populations, says a new report.

Researchers from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a non-governmental organization that advocates sexual and reproductive health education and services, travelled to Zambia to determine what nearly US$577 million in PEPFAR funding between 2004 and 2008 had …

08 Jun 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 8 June 2009 (PlusNews) - The routine offer of an HIV test to children admitted to a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia's capital, resulted in more than 3,000 being diagnosed with the virus over an 18-month period.

HIV progresses rapidly in infants and many die before they are diagnosed or can receive life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.

27 May 2009 description
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LUSAKA, 27 May 2009 (PlusNews) - Foreign aid for government health projects in Zambia, where most of the national health budget is donor-funded, was frozen last week after allegations of corruption.

The governments of the Netherlands and Sweden announced they had suspended aid after a whistleblower alerted Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission [ACC] to the embezzlement of over US$2 million from the health ministry by top government officials.

"The misuse of Dutch taxpayers' money is unacceptable," said Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders in a statement, …

15 Aug 2008 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 15 August 2008 (PLUSNEWS) - More international aid has been dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS than any other disease, but what impact have all those donor dollars had in countries where HIV/AIDS funding often exceeds total domestic health budgets?

The three largest HIV/AIDS donors - the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the World Bank's Multi-Country AIDS Programme (MAP) - have spent US$20 billion on combating AIDS since 2000.

But a new report by the Washington-based Centre for Global …

31 Oct 2007 description
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NAIROBI, 31 October 2007 (PLUSNEWS) - Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.

08 Nov 2005 description
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27 Oct 2003 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 27 October (PLUSNEWS) - The rise in the number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Zambia has forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to scale up its assistance programmes in some of the country's urban centres.