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MDG6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

MDG6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
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UN chief urges end to HIV/AIDS prejudice

Aug 05, 2008 07:25 PM At the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon points out that most countries still have a lot to do to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. He describes the discrimination against infected people as shameful.

Helping Afghans dispel misconceptions about AIDS

Jul 28, 2008 07:45 PM Two US-based research organisations will implement HIV/AIDS projects in four Afghan cities to improve advocacy and communication about the disease. The projects will also help tackle widespread stigma because of which not many people come out in the open for testing.

A winner against all odds

Jul 08, 2008 06:47 PM Widowed at 26 and living with HIV, Sorokhaibam Thoibi Devi from northeast India has come a long way. Having suffered through a violent marital life and societal discrimination, she has helped local women come forth with their HIV/AIDS status and become self-reliant.

Unsafe sex and drug use main cause for AIDS in Asia

Jul 01, 2008 08:37 PM Unprotected commercial sex and sharing of contaminated needles are the biggest reasons behind Asia's AIDS epidemic. A new report by Independent Commission on AIDS in Asia says the dreaded virus would infect 10 million more Asians by 2020 in the absence of adequate measures.

India likely to endorse national policy on AIDS

Jun 25, 2008 09:17 PM If National Council on AIDS endorses Gender and HIV Policy in India, it will become mandatory to provide jobs to positive people under national rural guarantee scheme. Other major initiatives include providing treatment in prisons as well as care and support to people living with HIV and their families.

Research enables rapid HIV tests for pregnant women

May 27, 2008 06:50 PM According to a latest research, women in labour can now be tested for HIV in rural hospitals in India. By using a woman’s blood and saliva samples, doctors can detect the infection and start the antiretroviral therapy (ART) that prevents transmission of the virus to the newly born.

Workplace attitude toward HIV/AIDS shows improvement: ILO

Apr 21, 2008 06:35 AM A new International Labour Organization report says the workplace is helping tackle HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination through greater tolerance and improved attitude towards affected co-workers. The report, which covers 650 workplaces in 24 countries, also notes an increased acceptance of condom use.

BBC starts contest to fight HIV/AIDS

Dec 20, 2007 12:00 AM An animated green parrot with a riddle is the latest campaign on HIV/AIDS launched by BBC World Service Trust in India. Targeting men in the southern states, where rates of infection are among the highest, the advert encourages people to talk about sex while trying to solve the clues.

Feminisation of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan

Dec 06, 2007 12:00 AM Deep-rooted social attitudes, practices and stereotyping are hampering progress towards dealing with the spread of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. A cultural tradition of exchanged marriages known as ‘watta satta’ makes it almost impossible for women to disclose their HIV status.

No longer shying away from AIDS

Dec 01, 2007 12:00 AM A landmark Nepali radio show on sexual health is messaging AIDS awareness to young people living in rural areas and helping them speak out their fears. The show, developed by UNICEF and produced by local NGO Equal Access Nepal, is broadcast on national radio and 30 local FM stations.

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