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Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

(August 3rd, 2009)

International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Soweto Choir

(July 6th, 2009)

Those who work with HIV/AIDS patients deal with significant stress. In South Africa, AIDS workers gets together to sing on a weekly basis to mitigate some of that tension.

Reporting in the Soweto Township of South Africa, Gretchen Wilson brings this story, which won a 2008 Gabriel Award recognizing broadcasting excellence in the category of “Short Feature – National Release.”

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The Good Health Train

(July 6th, 2009)

Fifteen years after apartheid, South Africa is still in many ways a divided nation. Though the country’s private health care system is similar to what we have in the U.S., it remains expensive and out of reach for most South Africans, especially those who are poor, black or live in rural communities.

Gretchen Wilson reports from the small town of Kroonstad, where an innovative solution tries to bridge this gap by bringing quality health care by train.

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Fake Malaria Drugs

(April 18th, 2009)

Malaria is endemic in Tanzania. Infection rates in the East African nation of 38 million are among the world’s highest.

Malaria is relatively easy to treat –- and drugs are available. But in Tanzania, and in much of the developing world, there’s an obstacle: counterfeit drugs. Counterfeiting malaria and other pharmaceuticals is a growing business worldwide. And, as Gretchen Wilson reports from Dar es Salaam, people with malaria often fall victim to these predators.

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Counterfeit drugs put lives at risk

(January 15th, 2009)

DAR ES SALAAM, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – The busy Kariakoo market in the Tanzanian capital is stocked with knock-off merchandise – from imported car parts to handbags – and traders from across Africa come to buy cheap imports to sell at home. But the most dangerous counterfeits are the imitation medicines sold to unwitting […]

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Malaria’s toll in dollars and deaths

(April 25th, 2008)

Malaria kills more than a million people around the world every year, and most clinical cases are in Africa. On World Malaria Day, Gretchen Wilson talks about the disease, its effect on the continent and new efforts to control it.

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A playful way to bring water closer

(July 24th, 2007)

More than a billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. But one South African village has found a way for communities to access fresh drinking water and have fun at the same time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Singing is solace for Soweto healthcare volunteers

(March 12th, 2007)

Volunteer health workers in Soweto – who provide home-based care for more than 700 local residents – have begun using song and dance as part of their outreach.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Poverty, stigma and ignorance blights ART

(December 17th, 2004)

MUSINA, 17 December 2004 (PlusNews) – Two years ago Judith Nkambule (not her real name) gave birth to baby girl, but something was wrong – the child was sickly, vomiting, had diarrhoea, and eventually died. This year, when she fell pregnant with her youngest child, the fifth of five sons, she agreed to be tested. […]

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AFRICA: MSF calls for child-friendly ARVs

(December 17th, 2004)

JOHANNESBURG, 17 December 2004 (PlusNews) – Seven months ago, Nomlindelo Nkoninga began giving her four-year-old son a combination of drugs to stem the progress of HIV. But only last month did he weigh enough to take the antiretroviral (ARVs) medication as three separate tablets, instead of the syrups commonly prescribed for young children. “It’s easier […]

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