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Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch: Senior Social Worker

The Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch (MSSA) is a nonprofit organisation that seeks to meet the needs of the multiple sclerosis community, which includes those with multiple sclerosis, as well as their loved ones, that are affected by the condition.

MSSA seeks to appoint a Senior Social Worker, based in Johannesburg.

Responsibilities:

Take-Home Test Helping to Detect Cancer

Experts say that about nine women die every day as a result of cervical cancer in South Africa, and that a new, do-it-yourself test called the UDoHPVTest could help detect more cases earlier, but only as part of the solution.

Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), regular screening through pap smears and HPV testing can help women detect HPV and cervical cancer early, however, only 20 percent of South African women go for regular check-ups or pap smears.

ONE: Campaigns & Membership Manager

ONE is a campaign and advocacy organisation backed by over three million people from around the world and every walk of life who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. ONE holds world leaders to account for the promises made to the poorest, and presses them to support better policies and more effective reforms. ONE also works with leaders in Africa to support greater democracy, accountability and transparency so these resources can be effectively deployed.

ONE: Media Manager

ONE is a campaign and advocacy organisation backed by over three million people from around the world and every walk of life who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. ONE holds world leaders to account for the promises made to the poorest, and presses them to support better policies and more effective reforms. ONE also works with leaders in Africa to support greater democracy, accountability and transparency so these resources can be effectively deployed.

Smoking Claims Lives Annually – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that  despite public health campaigns, smoking remains the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide, killing almost six million people a year, mostly in low and middle-income countries.

WHO director-general, Dr Margaret Chan, points out, "If we do not close ranks and ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, adolescents and young adults will continue to be lured into tobacco consumption by an ever-more aggressive tobacco industry."

Franschhoek Hospice: Professional Nurse

Franschhoek Hospice renders compassionate care to those people from the Franschhoek communities who experience a life-threatening disease or who are challenged by chronic / acute conditions. 

Franschhoek Hospice seeks to appoint a Professional Nurse, based in Franschhoek, Western Cape.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Responsibilities:

  • Manage care team;
  • Adminstrative tasks;
  • Attend training courses.

Requirements:

UNDP Official Criticised Over Cholera in Zim

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) new resident coordinator in South Africa has come under fire for his role in Zimbabwe's disastrous cholera outbreak in 2008.

It is alleged that due to the warm relations between Agostinho Zacarias, the former UNDP chief in Harare and ZANU-PF in 2008, the UN in 2008 ignored internal cholera warnings months before an outbreak that claimed more than 4 000 lives.

Ebola Fever Claims Lives in the DRC

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says an outbreak of Ebola fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have claimed up to 32 lives since May 2012.

WHO says that by 15 September 2012, a cumulative total of 72 cases was recorded, including 14 cases that were confirmed positive after laboratory analysis, 32 probable cases and 26 suspected cases, while 32 deaths were registered.

It further states that 23 health workers were among the infected people, adding that five of them died, and 215 people who have been in contact with the sick are under surveillance.

South Africa’s MTCT on the Decrease

According to a Medical Research Council (MRC) report, the national HIV mother-to-child transmission rate (MTCT) has dropped to 2.7 percent in 2011.

Addressing reporters in Johannesburg, MRC’s Dr Ameena Goga, pointed out that, "This data shows a major achievement in the reduction off MTCT and we should celebrate it."

Goga maintains that this latest announcement should be seen a major development in South Africa's fight against HIV/AIDS.

AU and FAO, Fight African Food Threat

The African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have combined efforts to combat the spread of a disease that threatens Africa's food supplies.

In a press statement, the commission states that, "In this agreement the AU and FAO have agreed to work together in mobilising and coordinating activities aimed at increasing the control of animal African trypanosomiasis."

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