hiv/aids

hiv/aids

  • 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
  • Mswati Criticised Over Rights Violations

    According to the 2013 Freedom House Report, Swaziland remains the last supreme autocratic monarchy on the continent and this has led to citizens facing various human rights violations under King Mswati III’s government.

    The report finds that the parliamentary elections held in September 2013 have had no impact on reforming the escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis facing the country.

    According to the United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS, one of the many violations for which the king has been openly criticised is the government’s negligent approach to its HIV/AIDS programme. 

    The country that has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world of 26 percent.

    To read the article titled, “Eating cow dung while Mswati lives large: video,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Call to Distribute Condoms in Prisons Rejected

    Zambia rejects non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are calling for the distribution of condoms to inmates in prisons, saying the move will promote homosexuality and sodomy, which are against the country’s laws.

    Some NGOs have been advocating for the distribution of condoms in prisons as a way of reducing sexually transmitted disease.

    Home Affairs minister, Ngosa Simbyakula, states that government is not in support of the calls and asked what the condoms will be used for.

    To read the article titled, “No to condoms in our jails, says Zambia,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Activist to Testify at Khayelitsha Inquiry

    Zackie Achmat, Treatment Action Campaign founder and HIV/AIDS activist, is expected to testify at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

    The commission, set up by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, is probing allegations of police inefficiency in the area.

    The commission is investigating an alleged breakdown in relations between the community and police.

    To read the article titled, “HIV/AIDS activist to give testimony at Khayelitsha Inquiry,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Soccer Players Kick Out HIV

    Soccer players in Swaziland are not just kicking the ball, they are playing to kick out the HIV epidemic.

    The Knock Out Challenge is a soccer tournament organised by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) to help combat HIV in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of the deadly epidemic in the world.

    26.5 percent of Swaziland’s population is living with HIV/AIDS, the stigma of living with HIV often results in citizens not getting tested for HIV/AIDS, for fear of being socially ostracised by their communities.

    To read the article titled, “Kicking off to kick out HIV,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Partnership to Fight TB, HIV and Malaria

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced multimillion-rand partnerships with South African institutions to develop new medicines and vaccines for HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

    The foundation partnered on two multi-year programmes, one with the Medical Research Council's Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) unit and the other with the University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D).

    The council would receive R125 million over three years to lead and fund research aimed at developing AIDS and TB vaccines, adding to the R130 million from the Department of Science and Technology and R60 million from the Department of Health.

    To read the article titled, “Gates Foundation, SA link to combat HIV, TB, malaria,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
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