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Fighting Cancer Among HIV-Positive Women

A classroom of wide-eyed 8 and 9 year-olds listened intently to former US President George W. Bush as he spoke at a primary school classroom in Botswana about efforts to treat and prevent cervical cancer, the most common and deadly cancer among women in the country and a leading cause of death among women living with HIV.

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Drug-resistant TB: A Present Threat from an Ancient Disease

A Present Threat from an Ancient Disease

Over the years, TB has begun to outwit the drugs used to combat it in the body, leading to drug-resistant forms of the disease. These forms of TB are resistant to our best and most potent drugs, threatening decades of progress against the disease. Drug resistant TB is more difficult to diagnose, is longer and costlier to treat, can cause serious, permanent side effects, and significantly increases the risk of death.

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Rukia, an AIDS Orphan, Becomes a Business Owner in Tanzani

Rukia, an inspired 20-year old woman, overcame a childhood full of obstacles and fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own business. She was just in primary school when her mother passed away from AIDS-related illness. Left alone with five other siblings and no income, her family immediately sunk into poverty.

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Innovative Electronic Medical Record System Expands in Malawi

Keeping track of even one patient undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS can be complicated. Doing it for over 472,865 patients when you’re a low income country coping with high demand and a sputtering economy magnifies the complexity.

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Soul Buddyz After-School Program Inspires Children to Live Healthier Lives

All children have the right to safe activities after school, especially when they offer support for some of life’s hardest issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention and gender-based violence. Soul Buddyz, an innovative non-government organization in South Africa, is working with schools, teachers, and children to provide a rich after-school program.

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Saving Lives and Improving HIV Care in Namibia

Ms. Naemi Shoopala, a nurse with passion for mentoring and capacity building, is on a mission to save lives and improve the quality of HIV/AIDS services in Namibia. She has nursed HIV-positive mothers and children back to health and seen the seriously ill regain hope thanks to CDC through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS ReliefExternal Web Site Icon (PEPFAR).

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The Hidden Epidemic: TB Among Children

The Hidden Epidemic: TB Among Children

Considered to be one of oldest illnesses known to man, TB poses the gravest threat to the world’s youngest inhabitants. More than 1 million children annually – from India to Indiana, Botswana to Brazil — become sick from this disease.

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Julie’s Story: Improving the Lives of HIV-Positive People with Disabilities in Rwanda

“My name is Julie, and I am a 45 year old blind woman living in Rwanda. I am married to a blind man and practice small farming to sustain myself and my family. For many years I knew my HIV status and it troubled me a lot.

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Scaling up HIV Treatment in Mozambique

Scaling up HIV Treatment in Mozambique

A new CDC study examining the first decade of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) scale-up in Mozambique revealed fewer people are dying from HIV in recent years, likely due to more patients starting treatment at earlier disease stages. The analysis also found that people who more recently began ART were less likely to remain engaged in HIV treatment and care over time.

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Launch of VMMC Activities in Malawi Brings New Tool for HIV Prevention

Over the past decade, HIV prevalence among adults in Malawi dropped from 16.2% in 1999 to 10.6% in 2010*. Although this success reflects the commitment of the Malawi government and people to ending the HIV epidemic, HIV remains a serious challenge.

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TB’s Grip on the Mining Community

TB’s Grip on the Mining Community

Deep in the mines of South Africa, men and women are hard at work extracting the precious minerals that place the country near the top of the list of the world’s biggest exporters; however, the job does not come without risks. Miners regularly find themselves facing dangerous situations that put them at risk of injury and/or illness. One of these risks is tuberculosis (TB).

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Sarafina’s Story: An Exceptional HIV Counseling and Testing Provider in Namibia

In 1992, Ms. Sarafina Kafungu received news that would change her life: she was HIV positive. However, it took her a while to accept that fact. “I was in denial for eight years. I told people lies, told them I had skin problems, not HIV,” she remembers.

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Meet Fatima, Hauwa, and Iyabo: Traditional Birth Attendants and HIV Educators in Nigeria

Few women in Niger state, Northern Nigeria, have access to obstetricians or other trained health care workers. Many live in rugged localities and villages far from health facilities. For rural families with limited resources, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) have played a vital role in helping women deliver their babies.

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Option B+: A Bold New Approach Saves Mothers and Babies

The inspiring vision of an AIDS-free generation—as powerfully articulated by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address—took a leap forward in the developing nation of Malawi recently, where CDC supported the implementation of an innovative new approach to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission.

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HIV Counselor Reaches the Hard-to-Reach Communities in Nigeria

Hassan is a community health extension worker and team lead of the HIV Testing and Counseling Unit at Tsafe General Hospital. Tsafe is an area located in Zamfara state in northwest Nigeria. It has several remote communities with an estimated population of over 90,000 people who have little or no access to hospital care.

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Strengthening Laboratory Services and Systems in the Caribbean Region

The Caribbean Laboratory Working Group collaborated with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) to implement sustainable, evidence-informed quality improvement activities throughout the region.

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CDC Helping Girls Achieve their DREAMS

CDC Helping Girls Achieve their DREAMS

When you meet Marlyne, you can sense that she has a strength and determination that belies her tender age. Like many 13-year-old girls in Kenya, she dreams of a better life for herself and her family, and she is willing to work hard to achieve her goals.

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Strong Labs Save Lives

More than a decade ago, the U.S. Government launched the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to help bring lifesaving treatment to as many people as possible in sub-Saharan Africa – the epicenter of the world’s AIDS crisis. But as treatment efforts expanded, it became increasingly clear that weak laboratory systems were undermining efforts to effectively fight the disease across the continent.

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Strengthening the African Health Workforce

On July 27, 2009, in Kigali, Rwanda, with critical support from CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, 140 host government laboratory personnel, health experts and policymakers from 12 African countries launched the first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO -accreditation program.

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Public-Private Partnership Strengthens Global Laboratory Systems

Deficiencies in the health care systems in most countries supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)External Web Site Icon are enormous, and no single entity – neither governmental and non-governmental organizations nor industry – can meet these challenges alone.

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Improving Blood Safety in Uganda

In the early years of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, a safe blood supply was a critical concern for stopping the transmission of HIV for developed and developing countries alike. Over the years great strides have been made in improving blood safety, but it continues to be an ongoing challenge in developing countries.

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