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SAfAIDS Statement on the Day of the African Child – Ending Child Marriage is a Priority

SAfAIDS today joins African Union (AU) Member States in commemorating the Day of the African Child. The commemoration is held to honour the 1976 Soweto uprising, which resulted in South African school children losing their lives to police gunfire during a protest against the apartheid-imposed Afrikaans Medium [education] Decree.

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It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, 2 May 2016 (Bloomberg) - Researchers find no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy.

China has a long way to go before it achieves 90-90-90 targets

SHANDONGA, 4 May 2016 (aidsmap) - study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that China has a long way to go before it achieves UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. Research conducted in Shandong Province showed that only 60% of people with HIV were diagnosed; 42% of diagnosed patients were on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 60% of ART-treated patients had viral suppression.

Uncovering health inequalities: A path towards leaving no one behind

GENEVA, 2 May 2016 (WHO) - Having a skilled health professional during childbirth can save the life of a woman and her child. But, in many parts of the world and within many countries, the presence of a health worker during childbirth is often a luxury. If a woman is poor, she is even more likely to deliver without support, putting herself and child at risk.

Global Fund Approves 28.6 Billion for HIV/Aids, TB Programmes

DAR ES SALAAM, 28 April 2016 (allAfrica)  - The Global Fund Programme has approved a grant of USD 13 million (about 28.6bn/-) to support government efforts for prevention, treatment and support of people suffering from HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) in 14 regions in mainland Tanzania.

Fight Against HIV Doomed to Fail Without Urgent Focus On West and Central Africa

BRUSSELS, 21 April 2016 (allAfrica) - Globally agreed goals to curb the HIV epidemic by 2020 will not be met unless the HIV response is drastically accelerated in West and Central Africa, where people living with HIV continue to suffer needlessly and die silently, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned in a new report released today.

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

DAKAR, 20 April 2016 (allAfrica)   - From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions - driven by shame, stigma and restrictive laws.

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