Gates: We Can Eliminate Malaria

Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says the fact that the world has reduced malaria by about half since the start of the Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000 means that, “…we're not only making progress, but we're learning what it takes, and we're finding the tools.”

Zambia Refuse to Distribute Condoms

The Zambian government says it will not distribute condoms in schools until sufficient evidence is provided to prove that it can reduce teenage pregnancies.

Education deputy minister, David Mabumba, says that government will not distribute condoms to school going children because reproductive health activists have not justified their effectiveness in reducing teenage pregnancies and early marriages.

Swaziland to Distribute About 20m Condoms

Organisations in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as those promoting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights are targeting to distribute close to 20 million condoms this year in Swaziland.

The United Nations Population Fund’s programme analyst, Thamary Silindza says this was agreed upon during at a recent meeting where government, civil society and the United Nations condom programming stakeholders got together to reflect on the past year and sharpen the national condom programming for 2015.

500 NGOs Receive PEPFAR Support

More than 500 community and faith-based organisations (FBOs) in Zambia last year received support from the United States’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme to implement HIV and AIDS prevention programmes and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

Acting PEPFAR country coordinator, Tamu Daniel, points out that that the agency’s small grants programme gives community-based organisations (CBOs) the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Center for Justice and Crime Prevention: Researcher

The Center for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Mowbray, Cape Town, which aims to develop, inform and promote crime and violence prevention policy and practice in South Africa and other selected developing countries.

CJCP seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in Cape Town.

This is a three year position, subject to performance and funding.


UNAIDS Hopes to End AIDS by 2030

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.

AIDS Could be Over by 2030 - UNAIDS

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.

UN Moves to Prevent Spread of Ebola

The United Nations has launched a mission to prevent the global spread of Ebola, describing the epidemic as the world's ‘highest priority’ as the United States scrambled to limit its own outbreak.

Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), began a tour of the three hardest-hit nations in the Liberian capital Monrovia setting out an ambitious goal to eradicate the deadly virus.

UN Calls for Donations to Fight Ebola

A United Nations (UN) trust fund seeking nearly US$1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just US$100 000 nearly a month after it was set up.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in September that US$988 million is needed to tackle the deadly haemorrhagic fever over the next six months and since then, US$365 million has been committed to stop Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have been hit hardest by the epidemic.

Activist: SA’s Ebola Role is Unsatisfactory

Director of the University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights, Frans Viljoen, believes South Africa should have played the leading role in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa.

Speaking at the University of Pretoria’s panel discussion on South Africa's preparedness for Ebola, Viljoen stresses that, “As a beacon of public health on the continent, as a country that stands for African problems being resolved by Africans themselves, South Africa should have taken a leading role.”


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