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24 Dec 2009 description

SELEBI PHIKWE - Limited access to information on the prevention of HIV/AIDS puts remote area dwellers at risk of contracting the virus, participants at the World AIDS Day commemoration in Selebi-Phikwe observed recently.

The event was organised by Selebi Phikwe DMSAC and Kagiso/ Sesame Ward Multi-Sectoral Aids Committee (WMSAC), in collaboration with the towns AIDS coordinating office.

A Community Conversation Enhancement Programme (CCEP) was used to engage the community to discuss the theme of the event.

Discussing the theme: Universal Access and Human Rights, participants said …

23 Dec 2009 description

GABORONE - A Gaborone city councillor, Mr Oabile Mafunga says Botswana has one of the worlds highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB).

Officiating at a TB patient information sharing session in Gaborone last week, Councillor Mafunga who was speaking on behalf of the mayor said the current notification rate in Botswana was at 470 per 100 000 population.

He regretted that more than 10 per cent of institutional admissions and over five per cent of patient attendances were due to TB related diseases.

Mr Mafunga also noted that TB was one of the most prevalent opportunistic diseases …

17 Dec 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

GABORONE, Botswana, 17 December 2009 - The devastating impact of HIV and AIDS in Botswana has directed much of the country's attention to children's survival.

17 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

FRANCISTOWN, 17 December 2009 (IRIN) - Relative silence has replaced the bustle that Francistown, on the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, used to experience during the peak shopping period at Christmas.

For the past decade the town has been the first port of call for Zimbabweans, who were unable to source necessities from basic foodstuffs to petrol and even soap in their own country, and relied on their neighbour for most things.

This year there is a marked shift in commercial activity, and the hawkers in the Francistown bus terminus are idle.

15 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 15 December 2009 (IRIN) - The "humanitarian nature" of the mass movement of Zimbabweans to neighbouring Southern African countries has blurred the distinction between what is a "refugee" and an "economic migrant", because such people fit neither category perfectly and fall between the cracks, a new report says.

"Official responses to Zimbabwean migration in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique are still premised on this distinction, and so are failing to protect both Zimbabweans and [their own] citizens," noted Zimbabwean …

14 Dec 2009 description

The Minister of Education and Skills Development ,Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says Botswana has developed an action programme to help it meet its obligation to the international convention on desertification. She said the National Action Programme (NAP) outlines the strategies and activities to be undertaken to meet the objective of the United Nations Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD). The programme was launched in 2006.

07 Dec 2009 description

As of December 07, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 16,031 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 109 deaths.

03 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

GABORONE, Dec 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Botswana has received yet another grant of 20 million yuan (3 million U. S. dollars) from China in support of the development of the diamond rich southern African country, the government said on Thursday.

China's new offer made on Wednesday brings the total to 30 million yuan (4.5 million dollars) this year.

In May, Botswana received 10 million yuan (1.5 million U. S.

01 Dec 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Bank marks World AIDS Day 2009 with an institutional commitment to stay the course in confronting HIV/AIDS epidemic

    - Bank support to countries focuses on better understanding epidemic trends; where and how new infections are occurring

    - Bank holds a high-level panel discussion with health, development leaders on the topic of "Keeping the Promise, Investing in the Future"

    December 1, 2009 - With the latest HIV/AIDS figures from the UN showing a gratifying downwards trend in new infections, the Bank marks World AIDS Day 2009 today with an institutional commitment to …

01 Dec 2009 description
report ZimOnline

by Own correspondent

HARARE - Rigid immigration laws of neighbouring countries have discouraged Zimbabwean migrants from registering with host governments in order to access humanitarian support and legal protection, according to a new report released Monday.

The report by South Africa's Witwatersrand University said laws and regulations of most neighbouring countries did not cater for Zimbabwean migrants who it said were "forced humanitarian migrants" who fled their country to look for jobs and other means of earning an income to support themselves and their …

30 Nov 2009 description
report PlusNews

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 …

30 Nov 2009 description

As of November 30, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15,887 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 108 deaths.

30 Nov 2009 description

NEW YORK/GENEVA/ BARCELONA 30 November 2009 - National efforts to combat AIDS, particularly by preventing mother-to-child transmission, are showing positive results, but many HIV and AIDS affected children still struggle to have their basic needs met, according to a report launched today by four United Nations agencies.

The report, titled Children and AIDS: The Fourth Stocktaking Report, 2009 and published jointly by UNAIDS, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), …

25 Nov 2009 description
report African Union

Vienna, 25 November 2009 (AUC/DCI) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. The MOU defines the modalities of cooperation between the two organizations in support of Africa's efforts to eradicate trypanosomiasis. Trypanosomiasis is a severe disease, transmitted by tsetse flies, which affects both people and domestic animals. It occurs in 35 African countries where it causes death, debility, diminished productivity and massive economic losses.

24 Nov 2009 description

Efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are bringing AIDS out of isolation

Geneva / Shanghai, 24 November 2009 - According to new data in the 2009 AIDS epidemic update, new HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years. Since 2001, when the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed, the number of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa is approximately 15% lower, which is about 400,000 fewer infections in 2008.

23 Nov 2009 description

A two-day joint meeting of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and AIDS was officially opened in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland on Thursday, 12 November 2009 by the Right Honourable Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

In his address, the Prime Minister urged SADC Member States to implement SADC policy documents on HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The meeting, which will culminate in the commemoration of Malaria Week starting on Friday 13 November 2009, follows on the heels of a similar meeting held in Durban, South Africa from 15th to 16th …

23 Nov 2009 description

As of November 23, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15503 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 104 deaths.

16 Nov 2009 description

Responsables des projets et programmes, experts du développement agricole et rural et fonctionnaires du FIDA discutent de l'accès au marché et de l'intégration de l'agiculture et de l'élevage comme moyens d'améliorer la productivité agricole.

Bujumbura, le 16 novembre 2009. Le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) organise du 16 au 19 novembre 2009 à Bujumbura, Burundi, un atelier régional sur l'exécution de ses projets et des programmes en Afrique de l'Est et Australe.

16 Nov 2009 description

As of November 16, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 14,950 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 103 deaths.

13 Nov 2009 description
report Mail and Guardian

More than 1 250 international volunteers were placed in the Southern African region in 2008/9. More than half of these were in South Africa, a study by the Johannesburg-based Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (Vosesa) has shown.

The volunteers, mainly young people seeking experience abroad by working with local organisations and NGOs, serve for periods ranging from several weeks to two years.

But opinion on the volunteer sector is divided.