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EAST AFRICA: Firms ignoring threat of HIV/AIDS on employees, says study
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), Although HIV/AIDS is considered the most serious health and development issue in East Africa, the scourge is yet to become a major issue for leading business firms in the region.
SUDAN: First HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counselling centre opens in Juba
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), Sudan's first free voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) centre for HIV/AIDS is being established in Juba, a southern garrison town.
LESOTHO: Testing times for rural households
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), The people of Lesotho are used to hardship, but yet another poor agricultural season as a result of drought is testing their resilience.
LESOTHO: Mountain kingdom faces humanitarian calamity
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho is suffering a calamity. Quietly, away from the glare of the international media, it is struggling to cope with a series of deep, interlinked crises that are testing the capacity of the government and the humanitarian community.
SOUTH AFRICA: TAC calls for stronger political leadership
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) expressed its concern on Wednesday over the delay in the government's rollout of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) — the core of the "Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care" released by the cabinet in November last year.
MOZAMBIQUE: Spain assists in AIDS training
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Spanish authorities have announced that they will assist Mozambique during 2004 in training medical staff in the proper administration of anti-AIDS drugs.
MOZAMBIQUE: Education system threatened by HIV/AIDS
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), HIV/AIDS is threatening Mozambique's education system by killing teachers and leaving students orphaned, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has said.
NIGERIA: Trip abroad for proof of AIDS-free polio vaccine
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), Nigeria has announced that it is sending state and religious representatives abroad to help dispel beliefs that a polio vaccine could cause HIV infection.
MALAWI: President discloses brother's AIDS death
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), Malawi's President Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday publicly announced that his brother had died of an AIDS-related illness in 2001.
GHANA: HIV infection rates rising in cities, survey shows
11 February 2004 (IRIN ), Ghanaian health experts began reviewing measures to control HIV/AIDS at a first ever National Research Conference on Wednesday following a new survey which showed that HIV prevalance rates were rising in the country's main cities.

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