One of the Biggest Vaccination Drives Ever is Underway to Beat Yellow Fever

A yellow fever outbreak in parts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to more than 400 deaths since December 2015. The United Nations has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign with the aim of reaching 14 million people.

What makes this vaccination campaign different or unique?

This is one of the largest vaccination efforts to contain an ongoing outbreak ever undertaken.

Call for Youth to Access Condoms, Sanitary Towels

“Access to condoms in schools‚ youth friendly clinics and access to sanitary wear in schools.”

Those are the demands made in the Youth Declaration which‚ SECTION27 says ‚ was signed by 92 organisations and individuals at the 2016 International AIDS Conference.

In a press statement, SECTION27 expresses the view that clinics are currently not safe and friendly places for learners and young children‚ adding that, “When they ask for condoms or HIV testing they yet reprimanded and are now choosing to stay away from clinics which is making them even more vulnerable.”

Govt, NGOs Partner Against AIDS

The Tanzanian government, in partnership with non-governmental organisation which fights against HIV/AIDS, are set to embark on a special programme to minimise HIV/AIDS new cases in the region.

Regional HIV/AIDS coordinator, Dr Mohamed Iyulu, says the programme will target people who are at high risk of contacting the diseases identified as, Key Vulnerable Population (KVP).

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.


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