hiv/aids

hiv/aids

  • NGO Criticises ANC Over Condoms

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) for what it says is the party's non-commitment to making condoms available at schools.

    In a press statement, the TAC argues that condoms should be made available at all schools in order to address South Africa's high HIV infection rate among teenagers.
    However, its election survey of HIV shows that the ruling ANC is not committed to doing so.

    To read the article titled, “TAC 'disappointed' by ANC's approach to condoms in schools,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • HEAIDS Welcomes Flavoured Condoms

    The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) has welcomed the idea of giving colourful and flavoured condoms to tertiary institutions.

    HEAIDS director, Ramneek Ahluwalia, points out that encouraging condom use among tertiary students is a good place to start, since many students join the higher education and training facilities from the age of 15.

    The comments follow a report by the Human Sciences Research Council, which highlights that it is between the ages of 15 to 24 where the youth is most at risk of acquiring HIV.

    To read the article titled, “Colourful, flavoured condoms on campus plan welcomed,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Gays Divided Over HIV Prevention Drug

    A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

    Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.

    Despite mounting evidence of Truvada's effectiveness, other argue that such efforts are reckless, tempting some condom users to abandon that layer of protection and exposing them to an array of other sexually transmitted infections aside from HIV.

    To read the article titled, “Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • ARVs Dropout Rate a Concern - UN

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the world can learn from South Africa's ‘impressive’ rollout of antiretroviral treatment to more than two million people but too many of those on treatment are being ‘lost’ in the system.

    Director of the WHO’s HIV department,  Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, points out that South Africa has shown other countries that access to treatment could be scaled up quickly.

    Hirnschall, who presented the WHO's independent review of South Africa's HIV and TB programmes to Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says it is of concern that the whereabouts of 40 percent of the patients on ARVs are unknown after three years.

    To read the article titled, “ARVs dropout rate worries UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • SA Tops in New HIV Infections

    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) says the proportion of South Africans infected with HIV has increased from 10.6 percent in 2008 to 12.2 percent in 2012.

    According to the HSRC’s National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, the total number of infected South Africans now stands at 6.4 million; 1.2 million more than in 2008.

    It says women aged between 30 and 34 and males aged 35 to 39 have the highest infection rates: 36 percent of females and 28.8 percent of males in these respective age groups contracted HIV.

    To read the article titled, “SA has highest number of new HIV infections worldwide – survey,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Progress in the Fight Against HIV

    A new study by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has revealed that while KwaZulu-Natal remains the focal point of the HIV epidemic in South Africa, progress is being made on early diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

    MSF is also commending government interventions on treatment in Eshowe and Mbongolwane in northern KwaZulu-Natal, saying that early diagnosis and administration of antiretroviral therapy are bearing fruit.

    While it cannot be assumed that the findings of this study can merely be replicated in other parts of the province, what it does indicate is that efforts that are currently in place by health authorities are making inroads into curbing the spread of the disease.

    To read the article titled, “Fight against HIV epidemic bearing fruits,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • AIDS Foundation of South Africa: Data Administrator

    AIDS Foundation of South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is a development organisation that exists to mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS and poverty through the implementation of health and community development projects in vulnerable communities. Therefore the organisation's main focus is rural, vulnerable and hard to reach communities. As a foundation, AFSA acts as an interface between donors and community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the HIV and AIDS sector, through placing donor funds with strategically selected organisations and providing them with ongoing mentoring, technical support and capacity building.

    AFSA seeks to appoint a Data Administrator for the Youth Ambassadors Programme (YAP), based in Durban.

    This is a fixed term contract until September 2014.

    Responsibilities:
    • Assess the quality of YAP data collection tools;
    • Create / update YAP files and verifying the accuracy of the submitted data;
    • Capture YAP data onto an excel spread sheet by the given deadline dates on a monthly basis;
    • Back up YAP data collection tools.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of two years administrative working experience;
    • Planning and organising abilities;
    • Interpersonaland communication skills;
    • Meticulous, precise and calm nature;
    • Enthusiasm for working with the community;
    • Valid driver licence for longer than one year;
    • Candidates must be prepared to travel to the Ugu District on a weekly basis.
    To apply, submit a CV (no more than three pages) to Linda at recruitment@aids.org.za.

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

    Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of March 2014 should assume they have been unsuccessful.

    For more about to AIDS Foundation of South Africa, refer to www.aids.org.za/about-us.

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

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  • Anova Health Institute: Provincial Coordinators - Health4Men

    Anova Health Institute
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 14, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Anova Health Institute is a leading partner in capacity building and the provision of technical support to the Department of Health, with a reputation for innovative responses and ground-breaking research in HIV.

    Anova Health Institute seeks to appoint Provincial Coordinators, based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Kimberley.

    One of Anova's projects, Health4Men is looking for the skills of a Provincial Coordinator to coordinate, monitor and oversee the implementation of the Health4Men project in one of four provinces.

    This is a permanent contract position.

    The successful candidate will need to foster an on-going relationship with the Department of Health's management on a provincial, district, sub-district and facility level. The candidate will also be required to lead and coordinate a team of medical and administrative staff.

    Requirements:
    • Relevant and accredited tertiary qualification;
    • Minimum of three years' project coordination experience with the health or nonprofit sectors;
    • Knowledge of and experience in working with HIV and other health related programme;
    • Valid drivers' licence;
    • Qualification in a health profession, experience in working with MSM or other key populations, and having private transport will be advantageous;
    • Experience in managing projects or teams at provincial or similar level.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Beular Chakarisa at recruitment@anovahealth.co.za or fax to 086 607 3056.

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

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

    Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, should assume that their application has not been successful. 

    Anova Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

    For more about the Anova Health Institute, refer to www.anovahealth.co.za.

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

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  • AIDS Cure Within Antibodies?

    The discovery of how a woman's body responded to her HIV infection by making antibodies may hold the clue to a cure for AIDS.

    In a study that was published in the scientific journal, Nature, South African and American researchers describe how the research team found and identified these antibodies in her blood, and then duplicated them by cloning the antibodies in a laboratory.

    Salim Abdool Karim, co-author and head of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, states that the potent antibodies take years to develop as they constantly evolve, the woman’s antibodies were discovered three years after she got infected and were traced backwards to outline how they changed in time.

    To read the article titled, “Clues to curing Aids could live in antibodies,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • US$65 Million to Fight HIV in Zim

    The United States has launched a US$65 million grant to complement the Zimbabwean government's HIV and AIDS prevention strategies in the disease-stricken country.

    The facility, which comes with 17 rough terrain vehicles, is launched through the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and will be used over an already running five-year programme.

    The programme will train 8 000 healthcare workers as well as provide mentorship in 1 500 sites designated for HIV prevention programmes.

    To read the article titled, “U.S Provides US$65 million for HIV fight,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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