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Success stories from The Division of Global HIV & TB

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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DREAMS for an AIDS-free generation: Eva’s story

Eva, the second of seven children, lost her dad at age 12. Unable to afford to finish school, Eva accepted a job as a domestic worker for a woman in her village in central Uganda. She never could have known, however, that the job was in fact something quite different.

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Why Families Matter

When Nokwazi Ndlovu* from Umlazi Township, south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was sexually assaulted by her stepfather she told her mother, but her mother didn’t believe her. Instead, she allegedly defended him saying he would never commit such a heinous act.

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Keeping young men HIV free in Zimbabwe

In Chitungwiza district, just outside Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare, a growing crowd gather to watch a group of street performers. While the group sways together to the captivating reggae beat – community mobilizers quietly move throughout the crowd distributing information about voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to men and boys.

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CDC Zambia launches next gen HIV surveillance

CDC began work in Zambia in 2000. The country had previously implemented many strategies to address the HIV epidemic, but there was not enough quality data to guide national decision-making and planning.

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Malawi Engages New Technology to Fight HIV

(MPHIA)project that conducted national, HIV household-based surveys of adults, adolescents and children. Using 160 tablets, in three languages, the national data collection effort ran from November 2015 to August 2016.

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Singing praises in Zimbabwe

The PHIA is the first household survey in Zimbabwe to directly measure national HIV incidence, pediatric HIV prevalence, and viral load suppression, and use of services. The survey provides the sharpest picture to date of the HIV epidemic in the country.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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