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UNAIDS, UNICEF, Gov't Collaborate to Develop EMTCT Scale-Up Plan for Liberia

MONROVIA, 10 June 2014 (allAfrica) - The United Nations Joint Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare have concluded a weeklong Bottleneck Analysis on the current national Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) plan in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

Africa: UN Officials Urge Greater Commitment, Investment, Innovation to End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

GENEVA, 9 June 2014 (allAfrica) - Despite significant gains, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, United Nations officials said , calling for greater political commitment, investment and innovation to end the global scourge.

Africa: Southern Africa - Sex Workers Risk Contracting HIV

JOHANNESBURG, 29 May 2014 (allAfrica) - Limited access to sexual reproductive health and abuse from male customers have been identified as key factors that place sex workers at risk of contracting HIV. Nkomile Mpooa of CARE-Lesotho brought the issue up during her presentation at the SADC Protocol@Work Summit currently underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Renewing efforts to eliminate new HIV infections among children

GENEVA, 21 May 2014 (allAfrica) - Despite the significant decline in new HIV infections among children since the launch in 2011 of the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), there is a need for a renewed sense of urgency to reach the Global Plan targets.

Africa: Almost 3 Million Newborns Could Be Saved Each Year

NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 (allAfrica) - A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth - with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and under-served.

Viral Load Testing Dismally Absent in Africa

NAIROBI, 20 May 2014 (allAfrica) - As Africa scales up lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive people, concerns are rife that the absence of mass routine viral load testing will hamper extending treatment to the millions who need it.

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