The adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention to lifelong HIV care and treatment remain major challenges in many countries in the developing world. Whilst the South African ARV treatment programme has been rapidly scaled up, adherence to ART and retention in care has been estimated to be at less than 60 percent after more than four years on treatment.
Phumeza Tisile, one of only a few South Africans who beat XDR-TB each year, will be going to the World Health Assembly to demand urgent change in the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), change which will save lives. Drug-resistant TB is on the rise in South Africa, with 15 000 cases diagnosed last year, double the number of cases recorded only four years before. Khayelitsha, where an Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is located, has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world.
The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), hosted a National NPO Summit on Service Delivery from 24-26 April 2014 in Mahikeng, North West.
NPO Sector Urged to Play an Active Role in the Advancement of Service Provision and Local Governance
Address by the Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel, MP
Every Tuesday, an enterprising church minister from Rondebosch packs a box of theatre props and heads out to a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Crossroads on the Cape Flats. There, he tells stories and reads books to young children for who the squatter camp is both home, and the full extent of their worlds. As he arrives, they gather excitedly around his car, eager to help carry in the toys and finger puppets that make the stories come alive.
South Africa is now officially the most unequal society in the world - and if we do not have the courage to tackle this issue, “we are in trouble”. So said Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and prominent political analyst, in the closing address to the 5th Annual CSI Conference. The conference, sponsored by Tshikululu Social Investments, took place at the Gordon Institute of Business Science campus in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.
At Tshikululu, “practical knowledge is combined with strategic thinking and sound governance to create flexible, well-managed fund portfolios” for corporate social investment (CSI). This service differs from CSI efforts managed by companies’ marketing departments, where the focus invariably is on linking social investment with commercial activity.
The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships among business, civil society, government and labour, in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). It strives both to support and influence the agenda for reform of basic education, NECT founder Sizwe Nxasana told the Tshikululu Social Investments-sponsored 5th CSI Conference, which took place in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.
With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, much attention is now being focussed on the need to address youth needs and ensure they fulfil their potential. A new report, compiled by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), assesses the wellbeing of young people in 30 high-to-low income countries across 40 indicators.
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