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How AIDS Brings Famine Nearer in Southern Africa

Southern Africa's massive food crisis is not the same old story of drought equals famine in Africa. This time, there is hunger in the huts for reasons that have little to do with the weather.

In the months to come, aid organizations will work overti...

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South Africa to Cut Taxes, Spend More on AIDS

South Africa plans to cut taxes and increase spending on AIDS and health care in its next budget, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told Parliament Tuesday. The government also plans to increase spending on social programs, he said. "Poverty reduction i...

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South Africa Plans to Almost Double AIDS Spending

South Africa plans to almost double its HIV/AIDS spending to $173 million in the next financial year, Thami Skenjana of the Government AIDS Action Plan said on Saturday. The move would boost spending from about 1 billion rand now to 1.8 billion rand....

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South Africa: Free HIV Drug Distribution Begins

Rape survivors who are admitted to KwaZulu-Natal hospitals and community health centers will be given free AIDS drugs, effective immediately. The move follows a Cabinet resolution in April to make post exposure prophylaxis treatment available to rape...

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South African Village, Fearing AIDS, Trusts God More Than Drugs

The faithful believe he is a prophet, a savior, and a man of miracles who can stop the plague that is killing the poor, rural village of Hlabisa, South Africa. He is the Rev. Solomon Mahlangu of God's Plan Church. A former driving instructor who wear...

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De Beers Becomes Latest Company to Make AIDS Drugs Available to Its Employees

The diamond giant De Beers announced today it would heavily subsidize the cost of AIDS medicines for its employees. The announcement makes De Beers the latest major business in South Africa to offer its employees medicine to fight the pandemic. "This...

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South Africa -- Volkswagen Unveils Project to Fight HIV/AIDS

Volkswagen South Africa this week became the largest employer in the local automotive sector to launch an ambitious program to tackle HIV/AIDS. The program, which will launch next week, involves voluntary testing and is designed both to prevent the s...

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Coalition Aims to End AIDS Stigma in South Africa

The international humanitarian arm of the National Council of Churches is joining religious leaders in South Africa for a campaign to remove the stigma of AIDS. Gary Thompson, an HIV/AIDS program director with the South African Council of Churches, s...

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Activists Hail South Africa AIDS Move

After more than two years of despair over South Africa's AIDS policy, activists and critics expressed guarded optimism Thursday over the government's announcement of major changes to its controversial program. The government had argued AIDS drugs wer...

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Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates Fight AIDS

Former South African President Nelson Mandela joined former President Carter and Bill Gates Sr., the father of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, Thursday in the battle against Africa's AIDS epidemic. At a function staged at the Zola clinic in Soweto,...