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UNAIDS director to ensure no one is left behind in the AIDS response

The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé has underlined the importance of a paradigm shift to ensure that no one is left behind in the AIDS response.
He has been recognized for his work in the fight against the epidemic at the recently ended 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The motion of support for Sidibé was passed by the Africa Union which says the UN agency has managed to save many lives under his leadership. According to UNAIDS estimates, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported more than 35 years ago.
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AU passes motion of support for UNAids Director

The African Union (AU) has passed a motion of support for the Executive Director of United Nations AIDS (UNAids), Michel Sidibé, recognising what they describe as the invaluable work the UN agency has made under his leadership.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids has saved many lives in the past decade, making an impact on the Aids epidemic in Africa.
The motion was passed during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which ended this past Monday.
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Campaigners call for government to safeguard environment

Hundreds of African environmental campaigners currently meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali have called on governments on the continent to join hands in safeguarding the environment.
The call was made amid concerns of continued activities that undermine efforts to protect the environment in many areas across Africa.
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SA foot-and-mouth-free status temporarily suspended

South Africa's foot-and-mouth-free status is temporarily suspended due to the recent outbreak of the disease - FMD - among a small population of animals in the country's Limpopo province.
FMD can be considered a 'trade disease', with countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) already announcing the suspension of beef imports from South Africa. Professor Arno Hugo of the Food Science Division at the University of the Free State tells us more...
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Over billion youth at risk of hearing loss

Experts warn that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices.
To help prevent this, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have issued a new global standard for the manufacture and use of these devices, which include smartphones to make them safer for listening. The standard is issued ahead of World Hearing Day which will be observed on 3 March.
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MSF starts Ebola trial in DRC

The international medical humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders or MSF in collaboration with the DRC's Ministry of Health, has started enrolling patients in a randomized controlled trial of four potential Ebola-treatments in North Kivu province.
The objective of the trial is to identify the most effective of the four products in order to treat patients with Ebola. The trial is overseen by a steering committee convened by the World Health Organization and led by the National Institute of Biomedical Research of DRC and the US National Institute of Health in collaboration with other national and international organisations.
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Millions living in poverty, despite being employed

The International Labour Organisation released the World Employment and Social OutlookTrends report yesterday*. Among the findings of the study is that, globally about seven-hundred million people are living in poverty, despite being employed. Siphumelele Zondi spoke to Stefan Kühn, Economist and lead author of the report...
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Mine workers rejects government decision to rescue trapped victims underground

The employees of the Gloria coal mine in South Africa' Mpumalanga Province, have rejected government's decision to rescue over twenty people who were trapped underground a week ago.
The mine workers say those trapped underground should only be rescued when their outstanding salaries have been paid. They say they have not been paid since November last year. They claim that government is now prioritising the victims trapped underground, while they have struggled without government assistance since last year. The rescue operation is likely to resume later this week.
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Tuberculosis activists challenges TB drug patent in India

For the first time, tuberculosis activists are challenging a TB drug patent in India, in bid to prevent pharmaceutical corporation Johnson and Johnson from extending its monopoly.
Nandita Venkatesan from India and Phumeza Tisile from South Africa, have both survived drug resistant TB and are now who fighting to ensure that bedaquiline is accessible. This drug is safer and much effective in treating drug resistant TB, but its cost makes it difficult to access especially for low- and middle-income countries. The global medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders or MSF is supporting the patent challenge filed in Mumbai, India last week.
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Migrants women trafficked from Nigeria to Italy for prostitution

At the height of the migrant crisis thousands of women were trafficked from Nigeria to Italy for a life of prostitution in Europe.
Before they left home, many were made to undergo a juju or black magic ceremony in which they swore - on pain of death - they would pay back their traffickers. The strain of believing they were living under a spell has added to their mental health problems as they recover from their ordeal. The BBC's Global Affairs Correspondent, Naomi Grimley, has been to Sicily to investigate - you may find some of the details in her report distressing.
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UNMISS radio tasked with promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace

From its base in South Sudan's capital, Juba, Radio Miraya the station run by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS is tasked with promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace the three interlinked themes of World Radio Day 2019, marked on 13 February.
The challenge for broadcast journalists is huge, given the level of suffering and inter-communal hatred generated by years of civil war after the world's youngest country was born, in 2011. In an interview with UN News's Daniel Johnson, presenter Lucy Jubara explains how the radio station accomplishes its mission, through community programmes that involve women's groups, civil society and government officials - bringing "all these voices together".

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