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Teenage Mums Require Support

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says the only one in three teenagers who fall pregnant continues her education after delivery, despite the South African Schools Act, which says that ‘girls who become pregnant should not be denied access to education.’
 
The UNFPA estimates that 51 000 South African schoolgirls gave birth in 2011 and the Department of Health reports that eight percent of the women who give birth in public hospitals and clinics are less than 18 years old.
 

NGO Launches a Book on HIV/AIDS

The association of Vulnerable Widows Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDs (AWAIS) has launched a 64-page book sharing insights on the disease.
 
The book, of which 500 copies released so far, is a result of a survey conducted in partnership with National AIDS Control Commission (NDCC) and Rwandan Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (RRP).

TAC Slams China for Deporting HIV Positive Musician

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has condemned the deportation of a Cape Town musician who was kicked out of China due to her HIV-positive status.

The woman, who refused to be named, has since returned to Cape Town after she was allegedly ordered by the Chinese authorities to leave that country when her blood tests showed she was HIV-positive.

TAC has described the singer's deportation a "gross human rights violation" and a "setback" to the prevention and anti-stigmatisation campaigning doneby AIDS activists.

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