New Plus News radio page in Africa goes live

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Produced in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Plus News Radio reports cover key issues in
prevention, treatment and care from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can help prolong the lives of people who are HIV-positive, but they should go hand-in-hand with prevention measures to guard against infection in the first place. Plus News talks to young people in Botswana, which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. Memory work has traditionally been associated with death: a way for HIV-positive people to say goodbye and leave a legacy for their children and family. But this innovative form of psychosocial support is evolving, and now also caters for HIV-positive people accessing life-prolonging treatment, as well as orphans and vulnerable children.

An estimated 18,000 children in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho are HIV-positive, but only 1,000 are accessing ARV drugs that can prolong their lives. The survival prospects for those not on treatment are bleak. Plus News looks at the challenges of rolling out ARVs. The death of a parent turns a child's life upside down, but when AIDS is the cause, the tragedy is magnified. Unlike other illnesses, there is a strong likelihood the second parent will also succumb to debilitating sickness and die. Every Friday, two dozen home-based care volunteers meet at the Red Cross office in Soweto, Johannesburg, and belt out harmonies that wake up the quiet side street. Singing in the choir is a way of de-stressing and rejuvenating after a hard week of tending to the sick.
The new radio page is online at: http://www.irinnews.org/Plusnews-Radio.aspx