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Malawi: Atupele Justifies Donation of Medical Products to China

[Nyasa Times] United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has defended his decision to make a donation of medical products to the People's Republic of China, which has been hit by the fatal coronavirus, saying the super power was Malawi's major development partner. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: HIV/Aids - New Power, Old Problems

[Daily Maverick] UNAIDS takes stock 25 years on from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for advancing the rights of women and girls and gender equality. (AllAfrica)

Africa: 'We Need to Target Men to Reach Our HIV Goals'

[IPS] Harare -Women are the face of HIV in Africa, yet four of every 10 persons living with HIV in East and Southern Africa are men. Despite higher rates of HIV infection among women, more men living with HIV are dying. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Stigma Still Remains Major Anti-HIV/Aids Hurdle

[Daily News] STIGMA and discrimination hamper effective HIV programming and is a violation of human rights which must not go unchallenged, according to the Strategic Intervention Adviser for United Nations programme on AIDS/ HIV (UNAIDS) in Tanzania, Ms Kate Spring. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: UNAIDS Commits to Support SA

[] The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS) has reiterated its support to South Africa, as the country works to expand HIV treatment to at least 6.1 million people by 2020. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Just Give the ARVs - How Red Tape Stifles Efforts to Control HIV

[Daily Maverick] The fuss around transfer letters is emblematic of a healthcare system that still creates unnecessary barriers to accessing HIV care. If we hope to get the HIV epidemic under control, we need a patient-centred approach. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Uganda Finalizes Research On Injectible HIV Drug

[DW] A new HIV treatment, injected every eight weeks, is supposed to reduce stigma and discrimination in Uganda. The drug could be a breakthrough for all those infected -- if African leaders are ready to invest. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: New Injectable HIV Treatment to Kick Off in 2021 - Official

[Monitor] The Director General of Uganda Aids Commission, Dr Nelson Musoba, has said clinical trials on new injectable HIV treatment is being finalised and government will unveil it next year. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: People's Cop Shows Us Where to Spend HIV Money

[Daily Maverick] Thanks to community-led monitoring in South Africa, we now have the data to back up the stories we have all heard about - early morning queues that last all day long when clinics fail to open on time and then also close early. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Homa Bay on Course to Achieve HIV Fight Goals

[Nation] According to a recently released report, there is a one out of five chance of a HIV-positive person on treatment in Homa Bay County transmitting the virus to their partner. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Two Men Sue Condom Distributor After Contracting HIV

[Nairobi News] Two Ugandan men have sued a reproductive health company for reportedly distributing condoms which they claim they used but still contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Two Men In Court, Claiming Fake Condoms Caused HIV

[Monitor] Two men have sued Marie Stopes Uganda, a non-government organisation that offers reproductive health services, for allegedly distributing defective Life Guard condoms which they claim they used and contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Uganda, Tanzania Lead Region in Use of Antiretroviral Therapy

[East African] Uganda leads the region with the largest percentage of people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Marie Stopes Dragged to Court Over Defective Lifeguard Condoms

[Observer] Two individuals, Joseph Kintu and Sulaiman Balinya, have sued Marie Stopes Uganda for negligence after they used defective Lifeguard condoms that burst during sex, leading to the contraction of HIV/Aids. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

[Daily Maverick] On 24 February, the Commission for Gender Equality launched its investigative report on forced sterilisation of women at KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng hospitals. Among numerous horrendous revelations, the report brought to light inadequacies in the country's healthcare process to obtaining patients' consent. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Study Reveals Poor ARV Response Among Children

[Nation] The country is doing badly as far as the reduction of the HIV viral load among children is concerned, says a new study whose results were released last Thursday. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'Cruel, Torturous and Degrading' - Commission On Forced Sterilisation HIV+ Women

[News24Wire] The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has found that the practice of forced or coerced sterilisation for women living with HIV in South Africa's public hospitals was "cruel, torturous or inhuman and degrading treatment". (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: What Gives Nigerian Students the Confidence to Use Condoms

[The Conversation Africa] Condom use is the focus of various sexual health promotions among adolescents and young adults in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries. Yet a significant proportion of young people still engage in unprotected sex. They are therefore at risk of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The rate of all these outcomes is high in sub-Saharan Africa. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Women Living With HIV Twice as Many As Men - Survey

[East African] About 1.3 million adults in Kenya are living with HIV/Aids, an estimated 4.9 percent of those aged between 15 to 64 years old, according to a new survey. (AllAfrica)

Africa: We Can Make Our World Better - Mark Suzman of Gates Foundation

[allAfrica] Cape Town -AllAfrica's Juanita Williams talked with Mark Suzman, the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropy. He assumed the position this month. In this second part of the interview, he discussed how his early career as a journalist in his native South Africa influences his perspectives; about the possibilities of eliminating malaria and reducing HIV, TB and other diseases; addressing hunger and undernutrition amid the climate crisis; and the biggest challenges he faces. Part 2 (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Dutch Experts Descend On Cyclone Idai-Ravaged Areas

[Zimbabwe Independent] Ten companies from the Netherlands have committed to offering financial and technical assistance to rehabilitating Chimanimani district following the damage caused by tropical cyclone Idai last year. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: South Africa's Next Generation Powerhouse Aids Activist

[Daily Maverick] The Treatment Action Campaign's Vuyokazi 'Vovo' Gonyela sat down with Maverick Citizen to discuss how she got into the world of health activism, her outlook on civil society and what it takes to be an activist. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Little Known Health Risks Lurking at Nail Salons

[Citizen] Four women were seated on a couch waiting for their turns to get their nails done inlcuding Halima Fredy, 31, at a Makumbusho-based nails salon to get manicure--a cosmetic treatment of the hands involving shaping and often painting of the nails, removal of the cuticles and softening of the skin. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: HIV/Aids Activist Takes On Aquaponics

[Namibian] THE Immanuel Sheefeni AIDS Foundation is developing a fish farm at Outapi to produce shrimps, tilapia and a mix of vegetables for local and regional food markets. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Fight Against Drugs, HIV, Cyber Crimes - CERAC Educates Campo Youths

[Cameroon Tribune] The occasion was also an opportunity for the charitable association of the First Lady to hand over gifts to some schools and youth associations in the locality of the South Region. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: Plan Brings Hope

[Botswana Daily News] Mahalapye -The Faith and Community Initiative Project aimed at combating HIV/AIDS in Botswana brings a message of hope to the country, says Vice President Slumber Tsogwane. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The Search for an Effective HIV Vaccine Continues

[The Conversation Africa] An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV. This result was disappointing, but the search for an effective HIV vaccine continues. Anatoli Kamali speaks to The Conversation Africa's Ina Skosana about other developments in the field. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Govt May Deploy HIV Drugs to Treat Coronavirus - NACA

[This Day] The federal government has said it may as well deploy HIV drug, Kaletra, to treat the Coronavirus in the event that it gets to Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: How Nutrition Education Can Make a Difference to People With HIV

[The Conversation Africa] HIV and AIDS are still global health problems and sub-Saharan Africa remains the most affected region. Globally, around 770,000 people died from AIDS-related conditions in 2018, 160,000 of them in West and Central Africa. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: VP to Launch New HIV/Aids Fighting Initiative

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane will on Sunday launch the Faith and Communities Initiative (FCI) in Mahalapye. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: More Than 500 Prisoners Living With HIV

[Namibian] A total of 592 inmates in Namibian prisons are living with HIV out of a population of 4 561. (AllAfrica)

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