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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

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World AIDS Day special edition

December 1 is World AIDS Day, when we stop to consider progress made towards overcoming the disease, and raise awareness about people living with HIV and AIDS. The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced some encouraging news in this year’s World AIDS Day report. The rate of new HIV infection in sub-Saharan African countries has dropped dramatically. Find the press release and links to the full report here.

We bring three inspiring new stories, written especially for Farm Radio Weekly. The common theme is living healthily. From Kenya, we hear how Robert Amakobe started up a pioneering men’s support group. Find out how, through growing vegetables, they have overcome stigma and become well-known for assisting others in their community.

James Ndlovu from Zimbabwe was diagnosed HIV positive five years ago. After counselling, he decided that one way to improve his situation was through hard work on his farm. Read how his life has changed since his diagnosis.

In Malawi, John Chaoneka decided to learn more about herbal medicines and the nutritional benefits of fruit and vegetables. He tested positive for HIV in 2010 and now runs a clinic from his house, supplying hundreds of people with treatments to help boost immunity.

Thanks to all involved for sharing their stories. We’d love to hear how you use these stories in your programs: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org.

Please be advised that we are taking a one week publishing break. We will be back in your inbox December 13!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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