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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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Double-Edged Stigma for People With Mental Illness and HIV

NAIROBI, 14 March  2016 (allAfrica) - People with mental illnesses who are also living with HIV face the worst kind of stigma within Kenyan society, experts have warned.

More than numbers: how better data is changing health systems

GENEVA, 9 March 2016 (UNAIDS) - The Health Data Collaborative, launched by WHO and partner development agencies, countries, donors and academics, will strengthen countries' capacity to collect, analyse and use reliable health data, thereby reducing administrative burden. A list of 100 core health indicators has been produced, and 60 low income and lower-middle income countries, and their supporting donors, will be using common investment plans to strengthen their health information systems by 2024.

UNAIDS to Collaborate On New Mobile Technology Platform to Improve Data Collection and Advance the Response to HIV

GENEVA, 8 March 2016 (allAfrica)  - UNAIDS and telecommunications operator Orange have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a new project to strengthen links between health-care providers and people living with and affected by HIV through the use of mobile technology.

Low cost, 25 min TB-test could help reduce tuberculosis death rate among patients with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

CAPE TOWN, 09 March 2016 (sciencedaily)- A low cost, easy to use, urine test to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among patients with HIV could help reduce the TB death rate of HIV-positive patients in hospital, according to a new study published in The Lancet today.

HIV patients in Africa with a specific genetic variant have much lower rate of TB

CLEVELAND, 09 March 2016 (sciencedaily)- In the first known discovery of its kind, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team has found that HIV patients in Africa with a certain genetic variant have a 63-percent lower chance of developing tuberculosis than HIV patients without the genetic variant.

Press release: International Women’s Day celebrations champion a Planet 50-50 by 2030

NEW YORK, 7 March 2016 (UNWOMEN)  -  International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March will mobilize people around the world to call for a Planet 50-50 by 2030. UN Women is organizing a series of diverse, high-profile events in over 40 countries, where ordinary citizens, activists, musicians, athletes, students, security personnel, scholars and stock exchange officials will be among those who commit to “Stepping It Up for Gender Equality.”

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