A former World Health Organisation researcher has said Uganda's "ABC" strategy to combat HIV/AIDS -- Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms, in that order -- could cut HIV infections by 80% if expanded across Africa. But international aid workers have rebuffed the policy, calling it a cover for a right-wing agenda.

Britain will not abandon its development projects in Africa even if war breaks out in Iraq, said British International Development Secretary Clare Short. Britain currently spends £600m ($900m) on development assistance in Africa and plans to increase this number to one billion pounds by 2005-2006.

South Africa's AIDS epidemic is exacting a deadly toll on South Africa's children, with greater numbers infected with HIV than was previously thought, according to a survey released Thursday.

The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, opening the Working Group session on People of African Descent, pointed out that the group had evolved from the World Conference against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2001. The Working Group evolves from issues such as xenophobia, racial discrimination and related intolerance.

Black history is increasingly being celebrated in Europe and the Americas. In the United States and the United Kingdom especially, specific months of the year - February and October respectively have been officially set aside to celebrate or commemorate Black History month. On the African continent itself, the celebration or commemoration of Black history is yet to enjoy the same status or significance it does in the diaspora. This is possibly because Blacks in the diaspora are under great...read more