The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotts official World AIDS Day proceedings for the second consecutive year as the group alleges that the millions of rands used to host this year's event in the Free State would be better spent strengthening the health system.
TAC national general secretary, Anele Yawa, states that, “As the TAC, we are totally opposed to our government spending millions of rands on high profile events every World AIDS Day, often in provinces where the challenges are immense," adding that, "In many instances, these high profile World AIDS Day events do not make any positive impact in our battles to contain the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics in our country."
Meanwhile, Joe Maila, spokesperson for the Department of Health, has described what he calls TAC's estimations of alleged government spending on World AIDS Day celebrations as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘extreme exaggeration’.
To read the article titled, “South Africa: TAC to Boycott Official World Aids Day,” click here.Source:All Africa
Over 1 000 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today (1 December 2014) to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public health system.
Following two attempts to meet with Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, failed, TAC has made it clear that it will not participate in the official event, the organisation is currently holding a vigil with PWAs outside the stadium until the event finishes in the hope of a brief audience with the Deputy President.
The organisation states that: “We are tired of expensive World AIDS Day events that bring a circus to a heavily affected area for one day and leaves with the realities for PWAs unaddressed. This is not the way to remember people with HIV who have died in the struggle to get South Africa to the position to where we standing in relation to the HIV epidemic today. TAC respects the Deputy President and Minister of Health and their commitment, but we also say enough is enough and PWAs are still dying in great numbers.”
To read the article titled, “Nothing to celebrate on World AIDS Day in Mpumalanga,” click here.Source:All Africa
Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
The NGO’s centre manager, Emily Rudolph, states that they have noticed that some children develop challenges in class - young patients become sluggish, and as a result repeat grades.
To read the article titled, “NGO: ARVs affecting pupils' academic performance,” click here.Source:Eye Witness News
The new Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) report says that by taking the Fast-Track approach, nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths would be averted by 2030.
As the world marks World AIDS Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced fast track targets that it ambitiously hopes will end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The new UNAIDS report, ‘Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030’, says that by taking the Fast-Track approach nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths would be averted by 2030.
To read the article titled, “UNAIDS announces targets to hopefully end AIDS by 2030,” click here.Source:SABC News
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) say that although 65 percent of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.
While less than a third of South Africa’s 35 million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures, SANAC says that the country has among the ‘highest population-level HIV testing in the world’.
In another development, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS is of the view that less than half of people infected with HIV in the world know that they have contracted the virus.
To read the article titled, “World AIDS Day: Less than half of infected people know,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
- Ubuntu Africa Child HealthcarePlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, December 5, 2014Opportunity type:Employment
UBACH seeks to appoint a Social Development Manager, based in the Western Cape.
The Social Development Manager will report to the Programme Director.
The Social Development Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of UBACH’s social work programme, with the goal of ensuring that each UBACH participant lives in a safe and healthy home, attends school, is protected from neglect and abuse, receives appropriate counselling, and accesses welfare grants they may be eligible for. The Social Development Manager is also responsible for aligning the social work programme with national and international best practices and standards. The Social Development Manager works closely with UBACH’s Health and Education departments and other staff members to help support the health and wellbeing of all programme participants.
- Develop and implement an appropriate social work programme for UBACH participants, including children, caregivers and families, aligned to national and international best practices and standards;
- Monitor and update the case management system for the programme;
- Design and implement both individual and group counselling protocols for the programme;
- Keep up to date with new developments in the social work and social welfare fields to ensure organisation is aligned with all best practices and standards;
- Assess and monitor children’s home and family environments;
- Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorised protective action when necessary;
- Facilitate appropriate referrals and linkages to other community resources and assist caregivers in obtaining welfare grants;
- Assist participants in school enrolment and attendance;
- Identify and implement interventions required to address any challenges to a UBACH participant’s social wellbeing;
- Monitor, evaluate and record client progress according to measurable goals (Individual Treatment Plans);
- Plan and conduct programmes /workshops for caregivers and the community that combat social problems and improve the health and wellbeing of participants (e.g. parenting skills);
- Organise support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with and supporting the client or patient;
- Supervise, manage and direct social auxiliary workers;
- Ensure all UBACH staff members are aware of key social issues and how to report and intervene appropriately;
- Collaborate with other UBACH staff members to ensure the social welfare needs of each UBACH participant are adequately addressed;
- Counsel clients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome challenges;
- Organise support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with and supporting the client;
- Advocate for participants to resolve crises;
- Collect and monitor data on critical social welfare indicators for each UBACH participant;
- Maintain appropriate records for all UBACH participants (ex: intake forms, process notes, ITPs etc);
- Participate in day-to-day activities at the center, including monitoring the children, and attend all staff meetings;
- Any other task normally associated with the position or assigned by an appointed authority.
- Fluency in English and isiXhosa;
- Master’s degree in Social Work;
- Current and valid Social Work registration;
- Valid Driver’s License and a clean driving history;
- Minimum of three years’ social work experience, preference given to those who have worked in HIV;
- Experience in case management with children;
- Demonstrated ability to use Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
- Ability lead a team of Social Auxiliary workers and be part of a dynamic team;
- Outstanding verbal and written communication;
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the not-for-profit mission of UBACH.
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Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).
Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”
The massive tender aims to improve ARV supplies to patients and will also be a massive cash injection for local producers. Foreign manufacturers will also have to invest and produce in South Africa to take advantage of the local procurement clause.”
To read the article titled, “ARV's provision to HIV positive persons to advance next year,” click here.Source:SABC Education
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) says the HIV/AIDS epidemic could end in 15 years if ‘fast-track targets’ are accelerated in the next six years - if not, infection rates could continue to rise.
The UN agency says if these targets are reached, 20.6-million AIDS-related deaths will be averted by 2030 and 27.9-million new adult HIV infections and 5.9-million infections among children will also decrease.
It says that, “Ending the Aids epidemic as a global health threat is no longer a dream. It can be a reality within 15 years if we accelerate action today.”
To read the article titled, “AIDS could be over by 2030 - or it could get worse than it is now,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
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
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