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									News Digest: 24 February - 2 March 2006
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I. ADVOCACY
1) OTM Campaigns Against HIV/AIDS

II. CARE & TREATMENT
1) Govt Tries Out Khomein to Prove AIDS Cure Claims (Uganda)

III. CHILDREN & YOUTH
1) Profiles Swaziland Farming School for HIV/AIDS Orphans
2) HIV Children in Africa to Have Better Treatment Under New UN-Backed
Accord (PanAfrica)

IV. EDUCATION
1) HIV Type Determines How Fast You Die - Study (Uganda)

V. FUNDING MECHANISMS AND AIDS SPENDING
1) UNDP Donates Medical Supplies to MOH (Liberia)
2) Annan Pushes for More Anti-AIDS Funds (PanAfrica)
3) Silence on French Airline AIDS Tax Proposal (South Africa)
4) Africa struggles to spend AIDS billions (Tanzania)
5) National AIDS Council Pays Out $210bn (Zimbabwe)

VI. MARGINALIZED GROUPS
1) Regulate Commercial Sex, Says Civil Rights Activists (Malawi)

VII. MONITORING AND EVALUATION
1) Ethiopia On Right Track to Universal Access: Health Minister (Ethiopia)

VIII. OPPORTUNITISTIC INFECTIONS
1) Drug Tactic Cuts Childhood Malaria By 86 Percent (PanAfrica)

IX. POLICY
1) Redefining HIV Prevention for Drug-Using Populations (Mauritius)

X. PREVENTION STRATEGIES/INTERVENTIONS
1) Mixing Herbs, Modern Drugs Can Be Dangerous (Uganda)
2) BLM Distributes 20,000 Female Condoms (Malawi)
3) AIDS Vaccine Trials Set to Start (Kenya)
4) AIDS Vaccine Tests to Start (Kenya)

XI. STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION
1) BLM Encourages Male Motivation Campaign (Malawi)
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I. ADVOCACY
1) OTM Campaigns against HIV/AIDS
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 28 February 2006

The Mozambican Trade Union Federatrion (OTM-CS) is launching this Tuesday
a national campaign against HIV/AIDS in the work place in parternship with the
Denish Trade Union Federation (3F) and the Women Workers Committee
(COMUTRA).

This campaign, that is to run for two years (2006/2007),is aiming at mobilising,
sensitising, and educating all workers on the need for them to take part in the
fight against the pandemic, and to undertake voluntary testing and follow
preventive measures.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602280377.html
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II. CARE & TREATMENT
1) Govt Tries out Khomein to Prove AIDS Cure Claims (Uganda) New Vision, 1
March 2006

The Ministry of Health is in the process of establishing whether the herb Khomein
can cure AIDS as claimed by the Institute of Elahi International Initiative for
Development and Education (IEIIDE).

The ministry is sponsoring 50 patients for Khomein treatment. The patients are
undergoing tests at the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Mengo to establish their
HIV status, CD4 counts, viral load and renal and liver function, to see if they
benefited from the medicine. The results are expected this month.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010544.html
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III. CHILDREN & YOUTH
1) Profiles Swaziland Farming School for HIV/AIDS Orphans Reuters, 28
February 2006

Reuters on Thursday profiled a U.N.-run farming school in Sithobela, Swaziland,
for children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related illnesses. The
school is part of the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools, a Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations project that aims to "wean children ... off
handouts and help them become self-sufficient," Reuters reports.

Read more: http://www.medilexicon.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=38432
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2) HIV Children in Africa to Have Better Treatment Under New UN-Backed
Accord (PanAfrica) UN News service, 1 March 2006

Children living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa will have greater
access to antiretrovirals and other treatments under an agreement signed this
week between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Baylor
College of Medicine of Texas.

"This collaboration is good news for children living with HIV and AIDS in the
countries of this region, where far too many still don't receive the care and
treatment they need,"UNICEF Regional Director Per Engebak said.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010606.html
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IV. EDUCATION
1) HIV Type Determines How Fast You Die - Study (Uganda) New version, 1
March 2006

The particular kind of HIV virus an AIDS patient has, may be more important than
other factors in how quickly death comes, US and Ugandan researchers reported
last week.

They found that people infected with HIV subtype D died faster than those with
HIV subtype A. The type of virus was a better predictor than viral load (how much
virus you have in blood) in determining the speed of death from AIDS, the
researchers told The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine conference.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010477.html
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V. FUNDING MECHANISMS AND AIDS SPENDING
1) UNDP Donates Medical Supplies To MOH (Liberia) The News, 2 March 2006

The United Nations Development Program has donated medical supplies to the
National Drug Service at the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia.

Making the presentation yesterday on behalf of the UNDP, Mr. Steven Ursino
said the donation is in response to the growing need of medical drugs and other
essential items for the smooth operation of the health delivery system of the
country.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603020032.html
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2) Annan Pushes for More Anti-AIDS Funds (PanAfrica) UN Integrated Regional
Information Networks, 1 March 2006

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged the international community
to join France's search for new sources of funds against HIV/AIDS in developing
nations.

Speaking at the opening of the Paris Conference on Innovative Development
Financing, Annan praised the soon-to-be imposed French tax on airline tickets, to
help countries hard-hit by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010646.html
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3) Silence On French Airline AIDS Tax Proposal (South Africa) UN Integrated
Regional Information Networks, 1 March 2006

South Africa is yet to say if it will implement France's tax on airline tickets to
tackle HIV/AIDS in developing countries, the local Business Day newspaper
reported.

French President Jacques Chirac idea of the tax drew support from a number of
members of the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialised countries at a summit in
Scotland last year, with legislation passed in December to bring in the
compulsory tax from July this year on all passengers taking off from France.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010645.html
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4) Africa struggles to spend AIDS billions (Tanzania) Reuters, 27 February 2006

With billions of dollars pouring in to fight Africa's HIV/AIDS epidemic, Tanzanian
AIDS counselor Gandencia Bazil has a simple request.

"We need a bicycle," said Bazil, who heads the AIDS committee in this village
near Lake Victoria, an area where an estimated 12 percent of people are infected
with HIV.

"With a bicycle we could reach more people with health messages. But we
cannot afford even that," said Bazil, as other members of her committee nodded
grimly following a meeting in a makeshift shelter near the village center.

"We are not getting the support we need."
Welamasonga's predicament is repeated across Africa, where despite a huge
jump in overseas assistance and government AIDS budgets, the cash earmarked
to fight the epidemic is often not making it to the desperate people who need it

Read more: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24640859.htm
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5) National AIDS Council Pays Out $210bn (Zimbabwe) The Herald, 27 February
2006

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has disbursed more than $210 billion to
various district AIDS council action committees and other strategic institutions
throughout the country towards mitigating HIV/AIDS scourge.

In a statement yesterday, the NAC said it had allocated funds to projects that
alleviate the health and social effects of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602280660.html
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VI. MARGINALIZED GROUPS
1) Regulate Commercial Sex, Says Civil Rights Activists (Malawi) The Chronicle
Newspaper, 28 February 2006

Civil rights activists and commercial sex workers in the country have called for
stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS to consider formation of a regulation
body to protect commercial sex workers from all sorts of injustices that may
eventually lead to an increased spread of the killer pandemic.

Emmie Chirwa, a civil rights activist working for Right for All Non Governmental
Organisation (NGO) based in Blantyre said it is imperative that commercial sex
be regulated, saying prostitutes are facing a lot of problems that force them to
catch the deadly virus.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602280108.html
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VII. MONITORING AND EVALUATION
1) Ethiopia On Right Track to Universal Access: Health Minister (Ethiopia) The
Ethiopian Herald, 1 March 2006

Health Minister Dr. Theodros Adhanom said the government is taking necessary
actions that lead to universal access to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care
and support services.
Speaking at the conclusion of a two-day national consultation on scaling up
towards universal access to prevention, care and treatment yesterday, Dr.
Theodros said that the government is streamlining the health system and
introducing effective mechanism for appropriate utilization of financial resources
towards scaling up interventions towards universal access.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010589.html
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VIII. OPPORTUNITISTIC INFECTIONS
1) Drug Tactic Cuts Childhood Malaria By 86 Percent (PanAfrica) SciDev.Net, 27
February 2006

Researchers last week suggested that giving malaria drugs to African children at
specific times of the year could reduce the disease's death toll.

Lead researcher Badara Cisse, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine, United Kingdom, says the approach would prevent one-third of the
deaths from malaria among children under the age of five.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602270901.html
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IX. POLICY
1) Redefining HIV Prevention for Drug-Using Populations (Mauritius) L'Express,
28 February 2006

Research on HIV prevention in drug users has evolved in response to the
dynamic nature of the co-occurring epidemics of drug use, HIV and other blood-
borne diseases. Over time, as the accrual of empirical findings on HIV prevention
in drug users has increased, new opportunities have arisen to refine, replicate,
and test key principles of effective behavioural interventions in a variety of risk
populations. It has been necessary to adapt or tailor behavioural interventions to
the needs of the target group or population. The principles, listed below, have
withstood the test of time and researchers have demonstrated that consideration
of these principles during development and implementation of behavioural
intervention programs for drug users will increase the likelihood of desired
outcomes.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602281004.html
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X. PREVENTION STRATEGIES/INTERVENTIONS
1) Mixing Herbs, Modern Drugs Can Be Dangerous (Uganda) New Version, 1
March 2006
More people are using herbal medicines not only for prevention of diseases, but
also to boost their health.

John Mubiru, a dealer in herbs in Katwe, a Kampala suburb, says over the last
few decades, he has witnessed more people turning to herbal medicines.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200603010499.html
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2) BLM Distributes 20,000 Female Condoms (Malawi) The Chronicle Newspaper,
28 February 2006

Sexual reproductive and healthcare providers Banja Lamtsogolo (BLM) are this
year expected to distribute 20,000 female condoms to young women to protect
them from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, officials
have disclosed.

BLM's Community Outreach Manager Clement Naunje told The Chronicle in an
interview recently in Blantyre that the condoms would be distributed through
youth community based distribution agents (YCBDAs) located in the country's
three regions.

Read more:http://allafrica.com/stories/200602280120.html
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3) AIDS Vaccine Trials Set to Start (Kenya) The Nation, 27 February 2006

Kenya will soon start trials on HIV/AIDS vaccine, it has been revealed.

"The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), jointly with the Walter Reed
Foundation, will start the trials in the next two months using volunteers in Kericho
District," the institute's director Davy Koech said yesterday.

The foundation and Kemri have been doing research on the vaccine for the last
eight years.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602270749.html
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4) AIDS Vaccine Tests to Start (Kenya)
The East African Standard, 27 February 2006

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) is set to start HIV/AIDS vaccine
trials in Kericho District in the next two months.
Kemri, in conjunction with the Walter Reed Foundation, an American army
medical research unit, is set to administer the vaccine to volunteers following
eight years of research.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602270611.html
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XI. STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION
1) BLM Encourages Male Motivation Campaign (Malawi) The Chronicle
Newspaper, 28 February 2006

Banja Lamtsogolo (BLM), one of the country's major heath care provider in
sexual and reproductive health says it is impressed with the male motivation
project.

Deputy Programme Director for Banja Lamtsogolo, Linely Vinyo told The
Chronicle recently in an interview in Blantyre that the male motivation project has
changed men in country to take part in sexual and reproductive healthcare in
their families.

Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/200602280115.html

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