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Global Fund Turns Down Zimbabwe’s Bid

Global Fund has once again refused to finance Zimbabwe's HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programmes after it emerged that the country has no budget for its ambitious national strategic plan.
 
In his presentation at the National Partnership Forum held in Harare recently, GFATM coordinator, Rangarirai Chiteure, said Zimbabwe's proposal for the five-year long National Strategic Application for expression of interest for HIV was not successful.

70 000 Children Live With HIV – Motsoaledi

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says some 70 000 South African children live with HIV/AIDS and need antiretroviral treatment.

Speaking during his visit to the Pelonomi regional hospital in Bloemfontein for discussions with local health officials, Motsoaledi said his intention was to establish whether government health programmes, such as the antiretroviral programme, is implemented at the ground level.

Zuma: ‘Whoonga’ Does Not Contain ARVs

President Jacob Zuma says experts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal have found that the dangerous recreational drug ‘Whoonga’ is not made of crushed antiretroviral drugs (ARV) mixed with other drugs.

Speaking at the first day of the two day 2nd Biennial Summit on substance abuse in Durban, Zuma states instead, the drug contains heroin mixed with rat poison and other chemicals.

Govt to Increase AIDS Grant to Provinces

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says the dedicated HIV/AIDS allocation to provinces will increase over the next three years.

Gordhan announced that spending on their HIV/AIDS conditional grant will rise from R6 billion this year, to R10.6 billion in 2013/14.

He said total annual spending on HIV/AIDS, including hospital treatment, is about R20 billion, adding that the conditional grant includes R60 million for the circumcision programme.

MDG 6: WHO Calls for More Health Workers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that with the current number of health workers worldwide, most developing countries will not be able to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6, which includes universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2015.

According to 2011 WHO report which reviewed progress in five countries, by the end of 2009 only 36 percent of 14.5 million HIV-positive people in low and middle income countries in need of antiretroviral treatment (ART) received it, in large part because of the lack of healthcare workers.

The Antidote for AIDS Is Hope

A recent LoveLife radio campaign speculates that the root cause of the South African AIDS epidemic is not ignorance, cultural practice or lack of education. Rather, it is a lack of hope and income earning opportunity among those most at risk, namely school leavers and the youth that continues to fuel the spread of this insidious disease.

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