hiv/aids

Durban Chamber Foundation: Service Provider - Database Expansion

The Durban Chamber Foundation (DCF) is a section 21 company of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has designed a series of interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

The Durban Chamber Foundation (DCF) seeks the service of following personnel for its Database Expansion in the following areas:

  • HIV counsellors
  • Staff nurses

These are not full-time positions. Consultancies are offered on a 'as needed ' basis.

Requirements:

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.

NGO: Empower Sex Workers to Demand Safe Sex

The Badilika Foundation, a faith-based organisation working to transform lives of sex workers, states that Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless sex workers are empowered to demand safe sex as one way of HIV reducing transmission.

The foundation’s executive director, Forbes Msiska, argues that, "Clients of these sex workers are mostly married men who have stable families and failure to empower them to demand condom usage is likely to lead to many innocent partners at home getting infected as the client will get infected and later infect their partners."

Court Hears Arguments in ARV Treatment Case

The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
 
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
 

Angolan Women Urged to Take HIV/AIDS Test

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.

Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.

HIV Prevalence Rises in Angola

The National Institute of Combat of AIDS (INLS) says that, at least 200 000 people live with the HIV virus in Angola.
 
Speaking at a workshop on the strengthening of the actions for the acceleration of the civil society's response to HIV/AIDS, INLS director, Dulcelina Serrano, disclosed that since 2004, the prevalence has risen from 0.6 to 2.3 percent.
 
Serrano further adds that among HIV-positive pregnant women, the figure stands at 15 300, where 119 400 people need to receive antiretroviral treatment, including pregnant women.
 

Tlou Honoured for Humanitarian Work

Director of UNAIDS regional support team for eastern and Southern Africa, Professor Sheila Tlou, says she is honoured to be awarded with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Botswana.
 
Tlou, who received the Non Academic Services Champion award for her outstanding work, says her 28 years of experience has taught her to put other people before herself.
 
She adds that when she became Botswana's Health Minister in 2004, she saved many lives despite criticism from western countries.
 

NGOs Blamed for Lacking Progress in AIDS Fight

District AIDS coordinator for Nsanje in Malawi, has blamed lack of progress by numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the district on the stubbornness of communities to change.

The District AIDS coordinator, Peter Mwakarawo, says HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district will continue to grow at an increasing rate if communities are not ready to let go off harmful and risky cultural practices arguing the massage is being heard but not practiced by respective persons.

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