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  • Stephen Lewis: “Reduced support to Global Fund tantamount to murder”

    By Sarah | December 6, 2011

    Aids-free World, 6 December 2011

    Remarks by Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, delivered at a plenary session at the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)

    With your indulgence, I’m going to deviate from the assigned topic. I shall address the Millennium Development Goals, but not in the way that was anticipated.

    There are two reasons. First, I want to speak in an unusually personal way, and from the heart, and in a fashion that leaves no room for ambiguity. Second, I consider the attack on the Global Fund to be the most serious assault it has endured in its ten-year history. I would feel utterly delinquent to let the issue slide. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Funding shortage dampening optimism on AIDS progress

    By Mark | November 30, 2011

    Mail and Guardian

    The international community has made extraordinary progress in the past decade in the fight against Aids but a funding crisis is putting those gains at risk, United Nations health agencies said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: HIV patients ‘eat dung to make drugs work’

    By Campaigns | July 28, 2011

    BBC News, 27 July

    Some HIV-positive patients in Swaziland are so poor they have resorted to eating cow dung before taking anti-retroviral drugs, Aids activists say. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN Press Release: MDGs Annual Report 2011

    By Campaigns | July 21, 2011

    UN Press Release, Nairobi/Johannesburg, 7 July 2011

    Sub-Saharan Africa advances on many Millennium Development Goals, but still faces tough challenges

    Gains in health and education, but urgent progress needed on child and maternal deaths, nutrition and gender equality, UN report says Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN Women’s Agency Being “Strangled at Birth”

    By Mark | July 1, 2011

    IPS, 30 June

    When the United Nations inaugurated a landmark special agency for women last January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set an initial target of 500 million dollars as the proposed annual budget for the new gender-empowered body.

    But nearly six months later, the voluntary funding for U.N. Women (UNW) from the 192 member states has remained painfully slow. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The worst places in the world for women: Congo

    By Sarah | June 20, 2011

    Guardian Online, 14 June 2011

    The price of womanhood came brutally to Odette, born in a wartorn country often dubbed “the rape capital of the world”.

    The 18-year-old from Minova recalls the day that members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), came to her village in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and scarred her life for ever. Read the rest of this entry »

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    MDGs: Make the most of the next five years

    By Mark | January 24, 2011

    IRIN, 20 January 2011

    A decade after world leaders adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is no consensus on what impact they have had on global poverty.

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    South Africa: Government wins battle for cheaper AIDS drugs

    By Mark | December 15, 2010

    Tighter competition lets minister deliver on promise of lower prices
    Tamar Kahn, Business Day

    Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday delivered on his promise to slash the cost of AIDS drugs, announcing that the government would pay half the price it did for the same medicines just two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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    President Zuma’s speech on agriculture and food security at the Africa EU Summit.

    By Mark | November 29, 2010

    Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, on Sub-Theme 3: Millennium Development Goals on Agriculture and Food Security, at the 3rd Africa-European Union Summit.

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    MDGs: Donors hold key to HIV-free generation

    By Info | September 28, 2010

    PlusNews Global, 23 September 2010

    Top UN health officials are confident that an HIV-free generation is possible by 2015, but have warned of the need to fully fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes to ensure that steady progress in recent years does not fall by the wayside.

    “This is an unprecedented moment [of] unprecedented momentum. I urge development partners to support the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] in their replenishment,” said World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, speaking on 21 September at an event on the sidelines of the three-day Millennium Development Goals summit at the UN headquarters in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

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