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Faith makes a difference in AIDS care

(November 23rd, 2006)

When Rev. John Thomas brought churchgoers together to serve people living with HIV/AIDS seven years ago, donations came from individual pocketbooks. Their work created a buzz, and by 2001 donations were pouring in from individual congregations around the world. But few orthodox donor agencies took note, reflecting an ambivalence – and sometimes scepticism – towards faith-based organisations.

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Research is discounting myths about orphans

(November 10th, 2006)

NEWCASTLE, 10 November 2006 (IRIN) – A few years ago Prof Timothy Quinlan was hearing horror stories about delinquency and abandonment among AIDS orphans that would spell trouble for their future social acceptance.

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Stigma and AIDS, for Africa’s women

(March 17th, 2005)

Listen to story Annie Lennox and the surviving members of Queen are among the names on the all-star lineup. It’s a concert this Saturday in South Africa. Sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The object is to raise money for the many women struggling with AIDS. On the African continent, women suffer the brunt of […]

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Rape and AIDS in South Africa

(February 16th, 2005)

Listen to story In South Africa today thousands of AIDS activists marched on parliament demanding free anti-retroviral drugs that help fight the disease. An estimate 5 million South Africans have HIV or AIDS. Combine that with the fact that the country’s rate of sexual assault is among the highest in the world — and you […]

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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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LESOTHO: Not enough staff, poor infrastructure, but ART launched

(December 16th, 2004)

MASERU, 16 December 2004 (PlusNews) – The office of the Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS Directorate, on the 6th floor of an office building in downtown Maseru, the capital, has almost none of the amenities of a modern bureaucracy. The few computers cannot access the Internet; the bathrooms have no toilet paper, soap, or paper towels. Since this […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: Lusikisiki – a new model for ARV delivery

(December 16th, 2004)

LUSIKISIKI, 16 December 2004 (PlusNews) – When Anoria Samka’s brothers discovered she was HIV positive, they shunned her. But now, when she tells her community that the drugs she takes can stem the progress of the disease, no one ridicules her and no one turns her out. Instead, they listen. Addressing a hundred men, women […]

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Healthcare workers struggle under impact of AIDS pandemic

(December 16th, 2004)

JOHANNESBURG, 16 December 2004 (PlusNews) – South Africa’s Western Cape region, in theory, provides free antiretroviral therapy (ART) to all who need it. But in the Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town, more than 500 people who qualify for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs remain on waiting lists because there are simply not enough doctors and nurses to […]

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