HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities. full report

Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices. full report

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. full report

Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State

YANGON, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment. full report

Zimbabwe's health system in crisis

HARARE, 11 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care, economists, government officials and health experts agree. full report

HIV funding worries in Kenya

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 30 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programmes in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease. full report

Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities

MELBOURNE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists. full report

Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire

KAMPALA, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. full report

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. full report

Raising awareness of child sex abuse in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A low level of knowledge about sexual abuse is leaving Cambodia’s children vulnerable to harm, and a new report shows that despite sex education initiatives in recent years, a poor understanding by parents and children of what sexual abuse is, persists. full report

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