Vodafone Foundation helps save mothers’ and children’s lives in one of the world’s worst HIV hotspots

Maboe, 43, and her son Motsamai, 6, are HIV positive. They now receive regular treatment close to home through the Vodafone Foundations mobile treatment programme in Lesotho. The programme combines Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service with travelling clinics and a smartphone app which enables the tracking of patients in remote areas. The Vodafone Foundations travelling clinics use a fleet of 4 x 4 vehicles to provide on-site HIV testing in remote areas as part of a wider effort to provide basic primary healthcare. 3 days ago

Police warn of increasing threat of sextortion from foreign criminal gangs

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of victims falling prey to criminal gangs who dupe individuals into persuading them to perform sexual acts online, that are then filmed and used as a form of blackmail. Police say they have been alarmed by the rise in so-called sextortion, where the victim is forced to hand over money in in order to keep the material private, particularly due to the number of suicides linked to the crime. Those most vulnerable to sextortion are younger people and the elderly, police say, and they are urging the public to be vigilant. 4 days ago

World Aids Day 2016: HIV in numbers

Since that start of the Aids epidemic, 78 million people have become infected with HIV. Of those, 35 million have died from Aids-related illnesses. 4 days ago