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Role of education sector in providing care and support to OVC in Lesotho and Swaziland

As the HIV epidemic continues to unfold across southern Africa, countries are still struggling to find effective means to address many of its negative impacts at individual, family and community levels. One of the most complicated challenges is how to support the growing number of orphans and other children made vulnerable, or made more vulnerable, by the direct and indirect effects of HIV on their households. In particular, there have been many individual and institutional efforts to assist these children through schools and other educational services and institutions.

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Cause for celebration after HIV studies

Clinical trials show pill can prevent HIV infection, Results from two trials that took place in three African countries (Botswana, Kenya and Uganda) have shown that HIV treatment drugs, taken daily by people who are HIV negative can reduce the chances of infection by up to 50%. The drugs, that provide Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), obviously provide a breakthrough in the complexities of HIV prevention and there is cause for celebration.

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