HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. full report

Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

KAMPALA, 16 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts. full report

Gains and gaps in Ugandan HIV treatment

KAMPALA, 10 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Over the past three years Uganda has succeeded in more than doubling the number of eligible children receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Paediatric HIV infections, meanwhile, have plummeted. But almost six out of every 10 children who need ART are still not receiving the treatment. full report

Uganda's flagging male circumcision drive

KAMPALA, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Limited funding and personnel, as well as misconceptions and cultural beliefs, are some of the challenges hindering Uganda's goal of circumcising at least 4.2 million men by 2015 in a bid to lower the country's HIV/AIDS incidence. full report

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

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