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SOUTH AFRICA: Treatment programme by numbers
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa has recently made huge strides in HIV treatment, scaling-up the number of people on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs while also improving its national treatment guidelines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96935/SOUTH-AFRICA-Treatment-programme-by-numbers
SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender drops prices, changes treatment
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), The South African government has negotiated savings of about US$250 million in its latest antiretroviral (ARV) tender, which is the first to include a three-in-one tablet. This triple fixed-dose combination ARV will now allow the country to move to new, simpler HIV treatment and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) guidelines in April 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96930/SOUTH-AFRICA-New-ARV-tender-drops-prices-changes-treatment
HIV/AIDS: Despite progress, HIV efforts fall short
20 November 2012 (IRIN ), Record progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections and lowering the numbers of people dying from AIDS-related causes indicate that the end of AIDS is "entirely feasible". But the epidemic is not over in any part of the world, and is gaining pace in some.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96830/HIV-AIDS-Despite-progress-HIV-efforts-fall-short
SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape farmworkers join strikes
16 November 2012 (IRIN ), Farm labourers are the latest group to join a wave of strikes across South Africa in recent months as food price increases outstrip the official inflation rate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96805/SOUTH-AFRICA-Western-Cape-farmworkers-join-strikes
Easy patents cost patients*
5 November 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa grants almost every patent application it receives, making its patent regime one of the world’s most lenient. While pharmaceutical companies cash in, patients face staggering healthcare costs, and medicines like cancer treatments, third-line antiretrovirals (ARVs) and treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are often priced out of reach.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96712/Easy-patents-cost-patients
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Governments failing to address cervical cancer
31 October 2012 (IRIN ), Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments’ attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major challenge.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96676/SOUTHERN-AFRICA-Governments-failing-to-address-cervical-cancer
The psychological strain of living in Tin Can Town
30 October 2012 (IRIN ), A recent academic study has identified a range of mental health disorders suffered by shack dwellers in South Africa's Western Cape Province, from chronic insomnia to low self-esteem.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96656/The-psychological-strain-of-living-in-Tin-Can-Town
FOOD: The state of African wheat research
24 October 2012 (IRIN ), Researchers in Africa are identifying ways to improve domestic wheat production in the face of sub-optimal conditions and stiff international competition.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96622/FOOD-The-state-of-African-wheat-research
SOUTH AFRICA: Two women unlock possible key to HIV vaccine
23 October 2012 (IRIN ), Two South African women may have helped unlock the key to a vaccine to rid the world of one its deadliest epidemics, according to new research released by South African HIV experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96613/SOUTH-AFRICA-Two-women-unlock-possible-key-to-HIV-vaccine
SECURITY: Is Africa's maritime strategy all at sea?
22 October 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union’s (AU) deadline for securing the continent’s territorial waters - the world’s last major geographical region without a maritime strategy - has been set at 2050, a target that may prove untenable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96608/SECURITY-Is-Africa-s-maritime-strategy-all-at-sea

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