• NGOs Hand Out 4 000 Cardboard Cots in KZN

    Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
    World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
    The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
    To read the article titled, “KZN hands out 4 000 cardboard cots,” click here.

    IOL News
  • SADAG Counsellors Available to Avoid Suicides

    The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that 23 suicides occur daily in South Africa and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported every day, adding that help is available to anyone planning on taking their own life.
    SADAG spokesperson, Meryl Da Costa, states that counsellors are available 24 hours a day to offer assistance and referrals to clinics to those in need.

    Da Costa asserts that, “Counsellors are trained to identify symptoms leading to suicide, and information is readily available on what to do once such symptoms are suspected.”

    To read the article titled, “Tuks, Menlyn suicides worries depression group,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Malaria a Threat to Southern Africa

    Advocacy groups believe that greater regional cooperation is needed to eliminate malaria as it remains a health threat to millions of people living in Southern Africa.

    Roll Back Malaria, a partnership of organisations, says 200 000 people continue to die from the disease in Southern African each year, with the occurrence remaining unacceptably high in the region.

    Roll Back Malaria’s, executive director, Kaka Mudambo, states that, "Low endemic countries have reached the stage of four per thousands, and in some zero cases of deaths; and those countries which are between zero and fifty and then we have the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] where you still get a lot of malaria maybe three hundred to four hundred per thousand.”

    To read the article titled, “Malaria remains a threat in Southern Africa,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Malawi’s AIDS Mechanisms Blamed

    Malawi’s Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s principal secretary, Edith Mkawa, blames the mechanisms utilised to dispatch messages of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s as a contributing factor to the increased transmission of the virus in that country.

    Mkawa has been quoted as saying that attributes that people in the country do not fully understand the concepts of HIV and AIDS because of traditional norms which influenced the spread of the disease.

    She states that: "People are resisting from adapting to change to protect themselves from contracting HIV, though they know HIV is deadly; however, this depends on how they understand the concept of HIV/AIDS in the first place."

    To read the article titled, “Unsafe sex irks HIV/AIDS fighters,” click here.

    All Africa
  • HIV Infected Children Not Aware of Status

    Research conducted by the Department of Health in 2012 revealed that over 400 000 South African children under the age 15 in South Africa were HIV-positive.

    The Alliance Against HIV/AIDs, a Northern Cape based non-governmental organisation (NGO), says over 80 percent of caregivers in the province are withholding this information from children.
    The organisation’s spokesperson, Mpho Lekgetho, warns the affected people of the dangers of withholding such information.
    To read the article titled, “'Stigma' blamed for not disclosing HIV status to infected children,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Govt Conducts Survey to Combat TB

    Zambia’s deputy minister of health, Chitalu Chilufya, states that the country is conducting a national tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey to present evidence that will ensure effective TB programming in future.

    Speaking at a research dissemination meeting organised by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), Chilufya asserted that programme-based research will form a greater part of the national TB control programme.

    Chilufya is of the view that the fight against TB called for collaborative efforts between government and partners.

    To read the article titled, “Govt starts TB survey,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Soccer Players Kick Out HIV

    Soccer players in Swaziland are not just kicking the ball, they are playing to kick out the HIV epidemic.

    The Knock Out Challenge is a soccer tournament organised by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) to help combat HIV in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of the deadly epidemic in the world.

    26.5 percent of Swaziland’s population is living with HIV/AIDS, the stigma of living with HIV often results in citizens not getting tested for HIV/AIDS, for fear of being socially ostracised by their communities.

    To read the article titled, “Kicking off to kick out HIV,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight

    A group of activists have staged a silent march at the country's main World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga.
    Made up of representatives from a number of human rights organisations, the group marched with an aim to draw attention to the issues facing people living with HIV/AIDS. 
    "The intention is not to disrupt the event, but to make sure that people remember that the AIDS epidemic is still going on. We want to highlight the fact that there are still people who are dying without treatment. So, we want to make sure that World AIDS Day focuses on real issues, that it does not become a political event with no significance for the people who live with HIV," explains AIDS activist, Mark Heywood.
    To read the article titled, “Mpumalanga Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation: Marketing and Communications Officer

    Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 30, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF) was established in 1980, and is a non-governmental organisation. The HSF plays a leading role in the fight against preventable heart disease and stroke, with the aim of seeing fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disabilities. A future where fewer South Africans are affected by cardiovascular disease, and to encourage prevention at all levels, empower South Africans to adopt healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices easier.

    Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Officer, based in Cape Town.

    The Marketing and Communications Officer, a key member of the management team, will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the organisation’s communications and marketing strategy. This role will cover all aspects of branding, advertising, marketing, PR and communications.

    • Marketing and brand management;
    • Stakeholder engagement and management;
    • Manage, create and design communications material;
    • Coordinate and implement communications plans for campaigns;
    • Event management;
    • Manage the PR and press office function of the organisation;
    • Manage social media;
    • Write newsletters, press releases and presentations;
    • Manage company websites and communications databases;
    • Develop strong relationships with journalists and other information sources.
    • Minimum of five years documented work experience within the marketing and communications area;
    • Writing skills in English, other languages are an advantage;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Inter-personal, negotiating and  verbal communication skills;
    • Proactive and decisive with attention to detail;
    • Team player with a strong work ethic.
    To apply, sumbit a CV and a motivational letter to

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

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  • South African History Archive: Training and Community Liaison Officer - Freedom of Information Programme

    South African History Archive (SAHA)
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, September 22, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to documenting and raising awareness of past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. In line with this central mission, SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP), launched in 2001, is dedicated to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) to extend the boundaries of access to information in South Africa by:
    • increasing compliance with, and the use of, PAIA, through practice-based research and advocacy;
    • empowering individuals and organisations to understand PAIA as a strategic advocacy tool; and
    • creating awareness of the right to access to information an enabling right, fundamental to the realisation of other human rights both within South Africa, and across the continent, in order to invigorate citizen demand for the right to know.
    SAHA seeks to appoint a Community Liaison Officer for the Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP), based at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

    The successful candidate should be a dynamic professional committed to using access to information as a tool for social justice to join its Freedom of Information Programme.

    The Officer will report to the FOIP Coordinator.

    This is a one-year fixed-term contract position, renewable depending on funding and performance.

    Starting date: As soon as possible, but preferably no later than 3 November 2014 (negotiable)
    • Draft and submit requests for records on behalf of members of the public and as part of SAHA’s community training and capacity building training programme - in terms of the provisions of PAIA - and prepare all related correspondence, appeals against refusals of access to information, complaints to relevant authorities and contribute to litigation;
    • Coordinate the development, planning and delivery of community training and related resources, including a pilot programme working at the local government level;
    • Provide support and guidance to members of the public, notably communities and community-based organisations, on issues relating to freedom of information;
    • Contribute to advocacy and community mobilisation efforts relating to the implementation of PAIA and access to information, and related law and policy reform work, often in partnership with other human rights organisations;
    • Prepare documents released under PAIA for physical and digital archiving at SAHA, in conjunction with the SAHA archival team;
    • Keep abreast of developments in freedom of information within South Africa and globally;
    • Contribute to the maintenance of FOIP related web products, including the PAIA Tracker;
    • Contribute to FOIP and SAHA’s work plans and reports; and
    • Support the work of the FOIP Coordinator, and the learning of FOIP interns and other project workers.
    • Degree in Law, Political Science, Public Administration or related field;
    • Minimum of one years related experience working in a legal or civil society environment;
    • Familiarity with the human rights sector and a strong commitment to human rights;
    • Experience in community outreach and training; and
    • Excellent written and spoken language skills, in English as well as at least two other South African languages;
    • Preferred qualifications and skills:
      • Understanding and experience working on access to information and related issues;
      • Experience in developing, running and evaluating legal training programmes at the community level.
    To apply, submit a CV (max four pages), motivational letter (max two pages) that specifically addresses the above selection criteria and your suitability for this role, copies of academic transcripts, and up-to-date contact details of at least three professional referees to

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Interview date: Monday 29 September 2014

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