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  • 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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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: 
    Employment
    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.

    Responsibilities:
    • 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.
    Requirements:
    • 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 freddie@heartfoundation.co.za.

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

    For more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, refer to www.heartfoundation.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Treatment Action Campaign: Finance Officer - Payments

    Treatment Action Campaign
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) engages in monitoring, advocacy and campaigning within the health system to ensure that every person with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support services to live a healthy life.

    TAC seeks to appoint a Finance Officer - Payments, based at the National Office in Cape Town.

    The incumbent must be a mature, experienced person who can work without supervision, but well within a team.  Is knowledgeable and can adapt to this changing environment.  Is accurate and thorough in the execution of their duties.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Ensure that TAC’s Financial and Procurement Policies are followed
    • Loading beneficiaries into Nedbank package
    • Loading EFT’s into Nedbank package
    • Writing cheques for the organisation
    • Record all cheques and disbursements on a daily basis
    • Coding National requisitions
    • Filing of all payments processed
    • Making sure that all bank related queries and requests are followed up properly
    • Printing of monthly bank statements for TAC
    • Filing original bank statements and cheques
    • Make a list of outstanding invoices for provinces and follow up receipts and queries.
    • Perform additional duties as delegated by the Chief Finance Officer.
    Requirements:
    • Qualification in Bookkeeping / Accounting / Finance;
    • Experience  in loading payments will be an advantage;
    • Excellent Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Word and Excel;
    • Record keeping, report preparation and record management techniques;
    • Knowledge of Pastel Evolution or VIP;
    • Complete fluency in speaking, reading and writing English;
    • Minimum of two years relevant experience in a similar environment;
    • Organisation and administration to work effectively;
    • Analytical  and technical ability;
    • Accuracy, attention to detail and high level of confidentiality;
    • Adaptable and flexible;
    • Work well in a team and can work unsupervised;
    • Commitment to the overall aims and values of TAC.
    To apply, submit a short CV, listing qualifications, prior work experience and at least three referees who can attest to your ability and success in this function and a motivational letter, outlining your interests in this position to The Human Resource Manager, Email: hr@tac.org.za or deliver to 122 Westminster house, Longmarket Street, Cape Town.
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    The organisation is particularly interested in considering women and people living with HIV. Please note that if you do not get a response from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should consider  your application unsuccessful.
     
    For more about the Treatment Action Campaign, refer to www.tac.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
     
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  • Treatment Action Campaign: Communications Coordinator

    Treatment Action Campaign
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, June 29, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is a membership-based civil society organisation that campaigns for quality healthcare for all in South Africa - with a particular focus on people living with and affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

    TAC seeks to appoint a Communications Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

    The candidate will take responsibility for driving and managing TAC’s internal and external communications. The Coordinator should be a pro-active person with a passion for social justice who can help us with the important work of turning around the South African public health system.

    Responsibilities:
     
    • Communications:
      • Develop an annual communication strategy;
      • Take responsibility for day-to-day internal and external communication;
      • Build relationships with all media and other organisations that work in health;
      • Compile and oversee distribution of newsletters and press statements;
      • Assist TAC’s provincial offices with the editing of materials for various communication platforms;
      • Take responsibility for editorial content and overall management and maintenance of the TAC website.
    • Managing Media/ External environment:
      • Initiate and manage media briefings and press conferences;
      • Act as TAC National spokesperson when the General Secretary is not available;
      • Write press releases;
      • In collaboration with researchers, develop updated materials (pamphlets and posters) for distribution to all provinces.
    • Knowledge management
      • Maintain archive of relevant media articles;
      • Ensure sharing and exchange of relevant knowledge for the benefit of enhanced organisational performance.
    • Training
      • Train national and provincial leaders with the goal of building a public profile in the media;
      • Provide and/or organise training and support for national and provincial TAC staff on engaging with the media.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification: Preferably journalism or Communications;
    • Excellent writing and communication skills in English;
    • Ability to identify report on, and promote TAC’s campaigns;
    • Good understanding of the public health system and the science of HIV and TB;
    • Able to present in public and engage with the media;
    • Excellent research skills;
    • Minimum of three years experience working as a Senior Communications Officer;
    • Excellent communication skills;
    • Able to work in a pressurised environment with short deadlines;
    • Able to travel extensively throughout South Africa;
    • Able to trouble shoot and deal creatively with challenges;
    • Excellent team player;
    • Passion for social justice, especially health.
    To apply, submit a CV listing qualifications, prior work experience and at least three referees who can attest to your ability and success in this function and a motivational letter outlining your interests in working within this field and your suitability for this position (approx. 1 000 words) to The Human Resource Manager, Email: hr@tac.org.za.

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

    The organisation is particularly interested in considering women and people living with HIV.
     
    Please note that if you do not receive a response within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should consider that your application was not successful.

    For more about the Treatment Action Campaign, refer to www.tac.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
     
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  • South African History Archive: Internship - Archival Programme

    South African History Archive (SAHA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, June 9, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to recapturing lost and neglected histories, documenting past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. In line with this central mission, SAHA is dedicated to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) to extend the boundaries of access to information in South Africa.

    SAHA seeks to recruit an Intern for the Archival Programme, based in Johannesburg.

    SAHA is looking for a dedicated, thorough, meticulous individual with a keen interest in the history of struggles for justice in South Africa to work with the archival team for a six-month internship starting in July 2014.

    All SAHA internships are based at the SAHA offices at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Internships are on a full-time basis and interns will receive a modest stipend for the duration of the internship.

    Responsibilities:

    In the course of the internship, interns are expected to support the work of the archival team at SAHA through:
    • Accessioning, processing and maintaining physical and digital archival materials according to archival standards;
    • Updating and standardising metadata relating to SAHA collections;
    • Assisting in the implementation of various special projects, including digitisation, publication development, and exhibition preparation, as required.
    Special project opportunities: 

    As part of their archival processing responsibilities interns could expect to work on one of the following projects: 
    • Assist with the processing of the Shifty Records archival collection and preparation of selected digital items for online access. SAHA has been involved in the Shifty Records Legacy Project for a number of years with the aim to preserve, partly through digitisation, the endangered music archives of Shifty Records. To complement the latter, SAHA has also acquired the record label’s collection of artists’ correspondence, lyric sheets, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Tasks will include: applying preservation measures to documents on item level (removal of staples and paperclips), applying preservation measures to photographs, labelling and boxing of folders of documents, creating metadata, and exhibition development.
    • Assist with the preservation and online access of the SAHA Poster collection (AL2446). A donation of posters from the International Institute for Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam last year added a further 1736 original posters to the already extensive collection of over 4000 struggle posters produced mainly from the 1970s onward. Tasks will include: encapsulation of master posters; reorganising master posters in the poster bins; sorting of the duplicate posters by call number to facilitate retrieval; updating metadata.
    Requirements:
    • Qualification in information studies, history and / or heritage management (or a related qualification that you are able to motivate relates to the work of the archival programme at SAHA);
    • Demonstrable understanding of archival principles and practices;
    • Familiarity with database management and library / archive management systems.
    • Experience in processing archival collections;
    • Demonstrable interest in human rights advocacy and constitutional issues;
    • Interest in working in an NGO / civil society context.
    • Ability to plan, prioritise work, and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to work independently;
    • Excellent attention to detail;
    • Strong written communication skills;
    • Competency with Microsoft Office software;
    • General fitness for lifting archive boxes and moving loaded carts.
    To apply, submit a CV (maximum two pages), contact details of two referees and one-page motivation letter (no more than 500 words) that addresses the following two questions to nonhlanhla@saha.org.za:
    • What is the relationship between archives and human rights?
    • SAHA's central mission is to recapture lost and neglected histories and to record aspects of South African history in the making. Which SAHA project do you think fulfils this mission?

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

    Late applications will not be accepted.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about South African History Archive, refer to www.saha.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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