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Cheap drug can save thousands of babies

Government was yesterday presented with evidence that it could save the lives of thousands of babies cheaply and effectively by giving their HIV positive mothers the drug Nevirapine during labour. The drug could cut the rate of HIV transmission from mother to child by about one third, meaning that only about 7% of babies born to HIV positive women would be infected at birth.
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Destitute Feroza finds a place to die

It is impossible not to notice how thin Feroza Mohamed is. The several layers of clothing she wears fails to protect her frail and disease-ridden 27-year-old body from the Highveld winter. Mother of six-year-old Ismail, Mohamed arrived at Nkosi'€™s Haven, in December - HIV positive, destitute, shunned by her Muslim family and three months'€™ pregnant. Nkosi'€™s Haven is a Johannesburg shelter for HIV positive mothers and their children.
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Making clinics youth-friendly

When Nokubonga Ntzimela lost her patient'€™s card for the local clinic, she was scared to go back, fearing that the nursing sisters would shout at her.Ntzimela'€™s experience is perhaps unusual from other 16-year-olds in that she visited the clinic at least once. Surveys show that most adolescents avoid public clinics because they are concerned about being chastised, embarrassed or rudely treated by clinic staff.
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