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hiv/aids

  • Unprotected Sex Exposes Men to HIV Infection

    A study has found that men who have sex with men (MSM) have a high prevalence of HIV, with Durban having the most men testing positive for the virus compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town.
     
    Researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council, states that, "In Durban, the prevalence is unusually high among respondents at 48.2 percent, in Cape Town, the overall prevalence was 22.3 percent. Johannesburg was at 26.8 percent."
     
    The study, called the Marang Men's Project, was conducted from 2012 to 2013 in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban among 925 MSM.
     
    To read the article titled, “Unprotected anal sex puts men at increased risk of HIV infection,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

    Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

    In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

    He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

    To read the article titled, “Fight against HIV/AIDS not over: Tutu,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Court Rules on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case

    Namibia’s Supreme Court has ruled that government violated the rights of three HIV-positive women when it had them sterilised without their consent.

    In a joint press statement, the Namibian Women's Health Network (NWHN) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre state that the court affirmed the high court's ruling in 2012 that the government had subjected the women to coercive sterilisation.

    NWHN director, Jennifer Gatsi Mallet, welcomes the ruling, but asserts that the three cases were only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case.

    To read the article titled, “Namibia court rules on HIV forced sterilisation case,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Call to Scale Up Fight Against GBV

    Zambia’s local government and housing minister, Emmanuel Chenda, believes there is a need for concerted family and community-based activities to supplement government efforts in combating early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV).
     
    Chenda is saddened by the increase in cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and GBV in that country.
     
    He states that, “This calls for us all to scale up efforts towards fighting early marriages, teenage pregnancies, GBV, alcohol and drug abuse through community and family-based activities,” adding that, “The fight against teenage pregnancies and early marriages would help mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS.”
     
    To read the article titled, “Govt bemoans rise in early marriages,” click here.

     

    Source: 
    Times of Zambia
  • Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa: Researcher

    Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    The Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA) was founded in 2006 as a regional civil society organisation focused on attaining effective, rights-based and developmental health financing in Africa to enable a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS.

    CEGAA seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in KwaZulu-Natal or Johannesburg.

    The Researcher will join CEGAA's team of health economic and public finance researchers to pursue its goal of improving economic governance systems and processes in the health sector in South Africa and elsewhere. The Researcher’s duties and responsibilities will be mainly the coordination and management of all CEGAA’s research activities, budget monitoring and expenditure tracking (BMET) for health, HIV/AIDS and TB, and provision of capacity building and technical support to clients and partners on BMET. In the event that the successful applicant does not reside in this area, he/she should cover his/her own relocation costs.
     
    This is a one year job offer, renewable on availability of funding.

    Responsibilities:

    • Coordination
      • Coordination of provincial and national budget research activities;
      • Support the Director in overseeing completion of the programmatic research projects to an excellent standard and according to the agreed upon timeframes;
      • Shared planning, coordination and facilitation of project research, workshops and training;
    • Research and Analysis
    • Research and analysis activities of CEGAA, which will involve the following responsibilities:
    • Technical Support, Content Quality Control and Research
      • Providing training, technical support and guidance to the CEGAA clients and other partners, as required;
      • Undertaking quality control of all CEGAA programmes and projects, and to ensure quality and conformity with specific project Terms of Reference;
      • Undertaking primary research, data collection, capturing and analysis, with preparation of research reports in different formats;
      • Reviewing and editing of CEGAA products to ensure quality and accuracy;
      • Preparation of programme and project progress reports.
    • Dissemination of findings
      • Planning, implementation and oversight of project output dissemination and advocacy strategies;
      • Assistance to countries and CEGAA Partners in developing their advocacy and dissemination plans;
      • Production of relevant peer-reviewed journal articles, popular reports, media briefing, and other relevant outputs.

    Requirements:

    • Master’s Degree in Health Economics/Economics, Public Health, Public Finance, Humanities, Development or any related field;
    • Minimum of three year experience of working in the health sector in health financing research, capacity building and technical support provision;
    • Experience of working with government departments especially the Department of Health, NGOs and donors;
    • Good interpersonal relations;
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills;
    • Flexibility, adaptability and willingness to learn;
    • Driver’s licence and own transport.

    Salary range: Negotiable

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Clinton Langenhoven, clinton@cegaa.org.

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

    For more about the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa, refer to www.cegaa.org.

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

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  • Malawi Puts HIV-Positive Women on ARVs

    Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, says his country was the first to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

    Speaking at the signing of the Protect the Goal Campaign as a sign of commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, Mutharika argues that the policy has significantly reduced the number of children born with HIV and has taken Malawi closer to achieving an HIV free generation.

    “Malawi has come a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As a country, we have continued to scale up interventions that work. Already more than seven million people, almost half of the population of this country have been tested for HIV and have received their results,” he adds.

    To read the article titled, “Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM,” click here.

    Source: 
    Malawi News Agency Online
  • Botswana Ordered to Provide ARVs to Prisoners

    Botswana's High Court orders the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

    Justice Bengbame Sechele, ruled that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.

    The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS supports the challenge against government policy, saying it violated the prisoners' constitutional right to equality, dignity and non-discrimination.

    To read the article titled, “Botswana has to pay HIV treatment for foreigners,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Grassroot Soccer: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Grassroot Soccer (GRS) South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a South African nonprofit organisation that uses the power of soccer to prevent HIV and Aids. GRS trains local community based youth role models as skills coaches to deliver comprehensive HIV prevention and life skills education through rigorously designed and evidence based lead curricular.

    GRS South Africa seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

    The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will play an important role as the Africa-based communication and outreach point person working closely with the US-based Communications Director, business development teams, and programme team members in affiliate countries. In addition to providing Grassroot Soccer (GRS) with a dedicated communication staff member and liaison on the ground in Africa, the focus of the role will be coordinating external communication strategies for Affiliate countries, internal communication strategies across GRS, and engaging in a variety of organizational improvement projects around information sharing.
     
    Responsibilities:

    External communication/marketing
    • Support the development of Affiliate PR/marketing campaign strategies and coordinate and manage Affiliate public relations, media relations and general communications;
    • Manage the design and development of Affiliate-driven marketing and communication products including: fact sheets, newsletters, concept notes, and messaging tools. Candidate should be familiar with Mail Chimp;
    • Work closely with global and affiliate Monitoring and Evaluation team to disseminate information to a variety of external constituencies;
    • Ensure brand consistency and integrity through branding and style guidelines;
    • Work closely with Communications Director to develop and execute GRS marketing strategy including enhancing social media presence;
    • Support business development team in developing materials to more effectively prepare competitive grant proposals and source funding;
    • Site visit event coordination:  liaison between visitors and program team, assisting with logistics associated with these events.
    Internal communication
    • Manage the implementation and maintenance of internal information management and sharing platforms including Google Sites/Drive and Donor Management System (Little Green Light);
    • Coordinate cross-business unit internal communications to improve consistency of content and quality;
    • Coordinate internal communications campaign to share stories, best practices, and multimedia across the organization;
    • Oversee Gmail server, email lists, organization charts, and staff and site directories.
    People management
    • Responsible for the management of a marketing and communications intern;
    • GRS team members actively work in a way that motivates and empowers those in their team.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant first degree or diploma (essential);
    • Minimum of two years proven experience in a similar role (preferred);
    • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity and comfort with Excel, Powerpoint, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Keynote (essential);
    • Basic understanding of HTML and CSS (preferred);
    • Works efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and multi-tasking environment;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
    • Excellent organisational skills and keen attention to detail;
    • Results-oriented, self-motivated and forward thinking;
    • Strong people skills, high enthusiasm, great attitude, and a proven ability to function well in a team-oriented environment;
    • Ability to interact professionally with diverse groups especially in a cross-cultural environment characteristic of international organization;
    • An interest in sports – particularly soccer – preferred, and an appreciation of its extraordinary potential to impact social development.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and and contact details of three professional references to hrsa@grassrootsoccer.org with ‘Marketing & Communication Coordinator’ as the subject line.

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

    For more about Grasssroot Soccer, refer to www.grassrootsoccer.org.

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

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  • Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

    The new series of the Lancet medical journal, argues that achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the rights of sex workers are recognised. 

    Researchers state that sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need. 

    The series presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia, shows that people who sell sex - whether in high or low income countries - are faced with an inconsistent risk and burden of HIV, much of the problem, the authors say, has to do with ‘repressive and discriminatory law, policy and practice.’ 

    To read the article titled, “Sex workers seek HIV prevention,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • AIDS Deaths and Infections Decline

    According to the United Nations, AIDS-related deaths and further infections are on the decline worldwide.

    At the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, international actors emphasised the need to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) highlighted the progress made globally, and especially in developing countries.

    To read the article titled, “Beating AIDS worldwide, NGOs still alarmed,” click here.

    Source: 
    Euractiv
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