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SOUTH AFRICA: New reports chart progress - and costs - in HIV fight
27 February 2012 (IRIN ), Mothers, babies and newly diagnosed HIV patients are receiving more of the services they need but progress comes at a cost, according to a new report that predicts a funding shortfall for HIV treatment in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: Global Fund monies finally released
22 February 2012 (IRIN ), More than seven months overdue, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant will finally be released to key South African AIDS organizations that have been struggling to survive. Some were on the verge of shutting down.
SOUTH AFRICA: Outrage over HIV-positive journalist's dismissal and deportation
20 February 2012 (IRIN ), Allegedly tested for HIV without consent, found positive and subsequently dismissed, detained and deported, a South African journalist is attempting to take his case against Qatar to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to change the country's HIV travel and employment laws.
HEALTH: Spending your way out of TB infection
17 February 2012 (IRIN ), A hundred years ago there was no way to treat tuberculosis (TB) except with rest, fresh air and nutritious food. Forty years later the discovery of antibiotics transformed treatment and TB has been a curable disease for more than half a century, but the disease still kills nearly 4,000 people a day. The goals set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to halve the incidence of TB by 2015 and eliminate it as a public health problem by 2050 seem far out of reach.
FILM: Out of Sight: Blind migrants in Johannesburg
15 February 2012 (IRIN ), IRIN’s latest film, Out of Sight, explores the lives of blind undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe as they try and eke out a living begging on the streets of Johannesburg.
SOUTH AFRICA: Migrants face unlawful arrests and hasty deportations
14 February 2012 (IRIN ), Four months ago, Clemence Uzizo, 21, a welder living in Soweto, Johannesburg's most populous suburb, made the mistake of venturing out to a local shop without his asylum-seeker permit. Neither the police who arrested him, nor the immigration officials who detained him, verified Uzizo's legal status before deporting him to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth.
ZIMBABWE: Deportations rob vulnerable of remittances
10 February 2012 (IRIN ), Thousands of Zimbabwean households are feeling the effects of lost remittances from family members forcibly returned from neighbouring South Africa since that country resumed deportations of undocumented Zimbabwean migrants in October 2011.
SOUTH AFRICA: Asylum-seekers resort to border jumping
9 February 2012 (IRIN ), At the Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa, asylum-seekers from all over the continent used to jostle with Zimbabwean migrants to gain entry into a country widely perceived as a place of freedom and safety.
SOUTH AFRICA: Refugee children miss out on school
31 January 2012 (IRIN ), In the inner-city Johannesburg neighbourhood of Berea, where a large proportion of residents are refugees and asylum-seekers, it is not uncommon to see children playing football in the street or killing time at one of the local parks on a weekday. Judith Manjoro, an out-of-work teacher from Zimbabwe, teamed up with some other community workers two years ago to quiz the children about why they were not in school.
SOUTH AFRICA: Red tape ensnares asylum-seekers
20 January 2012 (IRIN ), Asylum-seekers entering South Africa are no longer being issued with the necessary documents to apply for refugee status. Without a so-called section 23 permit, they are being turned away from Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) and denied the opportunity to legalize their stay in the country.

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