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SAfAIDS Statement on the International Day of the Girl Child

SAfAIDS Media desk, 11 October 2016 (SAfAIDS) - SAfAIDS joins countries worldwide in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated by the UN on 11 October each year. UN Women works to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocating for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage and mobilising communities against the practice.

Rapid Response Fund launched for LGBT and MSM groups

SAfAIDS Media Desk, 05 September 2016 (SAfAIDS) - Same-sex relations are illegal in 36 of Africa's 55 countries according to Amnesty International (2014). Despite national policies that emphasise equity and social justice and forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation, sub Saharan Africa still has many reported cases of physical and sexual violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

SAfAIDS supports vulnerable girls in Bulawayo

BULAWAYO, 23 September 2016 (SAfAIDS) - With funding from USAID, Musa is one of 80 out-of-school club facilitators trained by SAfAIDS in a major step towards reducing HIV new infection and gender-based violence (GBV) among adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe. Together, Musa and the other facilitators will reach more than 9,600 out-of-school adolescent girls aged 15-24 years, with HIV prevention and gender norms information through out-of-school clubs.

Top Scientist Trains Sights on Getting HIV Vaccine, Cure

NAIROBI, 22 September 2016 (allAfrica) - One Kenyan may soon place the country as the first nation whose citizen found a vaccine and a cure for HIV. Prof Thumbi Ndung'u - head of Kwazulu Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV pathogenesis -- has been studying the virus for 27 years, as well as tracking the scientific developments aimed at finding a cure and vaccine for AIDS.

Babies' HIV Tests in the Balance

HARARE, 21 September 2016 (allAfrica) - Poor funding for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission initiative (PMTCT) is threatening to derail efforts to attain the newly set Sustainable Development Goals which, among other things, aim to eliminate new HIV infections among children, a senior health official says. Dr Angela Mushavi, National PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, told Zimpapers Syndication, that dwindling financial support has weakened the programme which was a crowning success under the previous 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

Behavioural Change Still Challenge

FRANCISTOWN, 18 September 2016 (allAfrica) - The coordinator of the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Ms Grace Muzila says behavioral change is still a challenge in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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