• Angola’s Poverty Programme Commended

    Fernando Pontes Pereira, the State secretary for local Administration within Angola’s Ministry of Territorial Administration, states that the development works, in the framework of the integrated programme to fighting hunger and poverty are in a good path.

    Pereira asserts that among the programmes in execution, greater attention has been given to the projects in education and water supply.

    He further adds that, the quality of works must be taken in account - the human resources and other factors - as a situation that guarantees the materialisation of infrastructures.

    To read the article titled, “State secretary praises works of programme against poverty,” click here.

    All Africa
  • NGO Heading to Gaza for Relief Efforts

    Humanitarian aid agency, the Gift of the Givers Foundation is preparing to travel to Gaza to assist with relief efforts.

    Gift of the Givers founder, director and chairperson, Imtiaz Sooliman, points out that, “This is probably one of the most dangerous missions we've ever undertaken in 22 years of our history. It is a mission for which we have got the greatest number of volunteers and medical volunteers.”

    Sooliman states that apart from medical volunteers, the organisation can probably fill three planes, adding that, “But you have to be practical, and you have to take people who can save lives."

    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers to travel to Gaza,” click here.

    SABC News
  • S Sudan, Worst Food Crisis in the World - UN

    The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world. 

    The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.

    The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues. 

    To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Food Aid Needed for Refugees in Africa

    The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees.

    In light of nearly 800 000 refugees in 22 African countries having their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half since mid-June, WFP appeals for US$186 million to maintain its food assistance to refugees through the end of the year, while UNHCR asks for US$39 million to fund nutritional support and food security activities to refugees in the affected countries.

    A joint report by WFP and UNHCR warns that the failure to prevent continued ration cuts will lead to high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children and the most vulnerable. 

    To read the article titled, “New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa,” click here.

    IRIN News
  • Malawians Hard Hit by Poverty

    As Malawi marks 50 years of freedom from colonial rule, numerous locals say the country today is living in a new form of bondage: poverty.

    At an event in the capital Lilongwe, thousands of Malawians, along with African leaders, including Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, are expected to mark five decades of freedom from Britain.

    Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika, will use the event to mark five decades of freedom from Britain in Lilongwe, to outline government’s plans for the fragile economy in a keynote address that also marks the 20-year anniversary of multi-party democracy.

    To read the article titled, “Fifty years after independence, Malawians struggle under grinding poverty,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO Apologises for Controversial Ad

    Feed A Child South Africa, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to provide of sustainable solutions to uplift human dignity caused by the devastation of poverty, has apologised after its advertisement, meant to raise awareness about starving children, drew heavy criticism.

    The organisation’s chief executive, Elza Rautenbach, points out that, "We apologise for the advertisement. It was not intended to cause harm to anyone."

    Rautenbach says that the organisation will still retain its relationship with the advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather Cape Town, which produced the advertisement.

    The advertisement, which was aired on television, showed a white woman having a meal and feeding a black child who is kneeling on the floor.

    To read the article titled, “NGO apologises for 'racist' child ad,” click here.

    News 24
  • Campaign Aims to Fight Hunger

    Food Bank Angola (BAA) in partnership with local supermarkets held a foodstuffs raising campaign in Luanda, to contribute to the fight against hunger in the country.

    BAA chief executive officer, Albina Assis, says the campaign aims to boost her organisation and therefore make the foodstuffs to reach those who need it through specialised institutions.

    Assis adds that the campaign is the first conducted by BAA, adding that the items raised will be handed over to social institutions such as Mama Muxima orphanage, Centro Nossa Senhora da Boa Nova and Centre of the Association of Friendship among others.

    To read the article titled, “Food Bank runs foodstuffs raising campaign,” click here.

    All Africa
  • World Hunger Day Commemorated

    World Hunger Day, which is being observed on 28 May, is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty.

    The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that there are about 842 million undernourished people in the world.

    Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under the age of five, amounting to about 3.1 million children each year. 

    To read the article titled, “World Hunger Day seeks to find sustainable solutions,” click here.

    SABC News
  • NGO Slams Hotel for Mocking the Poor

    The United Kingdom-based Winnie Mabaso Foundation, which works with impoverished children in South Africa, has joined a growing chorus of international disdain against Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa in Bloemfontein, which has been luring wealthy guests with the promise of an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

    In an open letter this week, Lisa Ashton, who founded the Foundation with late Johannesburg charity worker, Winnie Mabaso, lambasted Emoya for the ‘obscene experience’ it offers.

    Meanwhile, the hotel owner, Buks Westraad, who the Foundation accuses of making a total mockery of people living under utter poverty, says that like other South African entrepreneurs in tourism, he is trying to make something positive from a negative perception.

    To read the article titled, “Charity accuses luxury Bloem 'squatter camp' of spitting in the faces of the poor,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Africare: Technical Advisor - Health Systems Strengthening

    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.  Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.
    Africare seeks to appoint a Technical Advisor Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), based in Queenstown.
    • Work with the COP and DCOP to set up health systems strengthening unit within Africare to support the Africare and DoH TB and HIV related HSS deliverables; Identify opportunities for integrating 'state of the art' approaches into the health strategy, providing technical and programmatic assessments and recommended strategies to pilot innovative interventions;
    • Ensure linkages to Millennium Development Goals;
    • In consultation with the DCOP, collaborate with other PEPFAR and Non-PEPFAR partners working in the area of HSS related activities to synergise the activities and resources;
    • Support partnership in health promotion and demand creation for TB/HIV services and establishment MDR-TB management in CHD;
    • Work closely with the DOH to identify priorities in terms of health sector human resource development, Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement, supply chain and assists DOH to address the gaps identified especially in areas related to HIV/AIDS, TB and laboratory with emphasis to facility levels;
    • Maintain ongoing collaborations, participation in technical forums, and regular communications with DOH;
    • Provide leadership and support to DOH to develop one district work plan;
    • Support CHD to develop community system strengthening;
    • Provide leadership and coordination of HCT, adult and Paediatric treatment and adult and Paediatric HIV care and support;
    • Support the district to strengthen NACS in all sub-districts;
    • Provide technical support and assistance to CHD to establish OVC and HBC systems in health facilities and community based organisations;
    • Support the district to establish linkages of the health facilities to the community structures, including traditional practitioners;
    • Support strategic health information to roll-out and strengthen ETR, TIER and DHMIS and procurement system including pharmacy assistant training system;
    • Provide administrative support to DCOP and COP;
    • Ensure the integration and implementation of gender mainstreaming for TB/ HIV and support the implementation of the gender activities and advocate for the inclusion of gender in strategic planning documents;
    • Work with the national quality assurance / quality improvement office and facilitate strategy development, implementation and institutionalisation of the national Quality assurance/ Quality improvement programme within DoH and sustain quality assurance activities at national, district, sub district and health facility level.Coordinate district and sub-district work plan activities;
    • Communicate with local training institutes to encourage ongoing collaboration, maintain quality implementation, and insure programme sustainability in light of plans for national program scale-up;
    • Participate as a part of the Africare team in identifying gaps, barriers, and problems experienced by DOH and regional staff at all levels and propose possible solutions for technical or financial assistance and capacity building especially in the area of HSS;
    • Support the district in conducting and monitoring skills audit in the district health care work force;
    • Participate in relevant work or task teams in the district;
    • Monitor and organise regular feedback for Coca Cola DEKA project;
    • Support the Anglo American partnership in supporting health information and TB/HIV in minors in the district;
    • Submit accurate and timely monthly activity and indicator reports to the DCOP.
    • Three years’ work experience required in the area of designing, implementing health care human resource development;
    • Public health management training background with strong HIV related experience preferred;
    • Excellent writing, facilitation and communication skills;
    • Proven management of large projects and multiple tasks;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners;
    • In-depth specialist knowledge of HSS public health programmes, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of care and support programmes is desired;
    • Knowledge of DOH healthcare systems and structures including familiarity with policies, programme priorities and regulations is desired;
    • Proficiency in developing training curriculums modules and designing / implementing training programs. Extensive knowledge of relevant national guidelines and national / regional activities related to TB, HIV/AIDS, HIV and TB laboratory testing in the health system of South Africa and Chris Hani District.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and names of at least three contactable professional references to the Administrative Manager at

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

    Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to workplace diversity.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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