• 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.
    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS director honoured for humanitarian work,” click here.

    SABC News
  • NGO Criticises ANC Over Condoms

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) for what it says is the party's non-commitment to making condoms available at schools.

    In a press statement, the TAC argues that condoms should be made available at all schools in order to address South Africa's high HIV infection rate among teenagers.
    However, its election survey of HIV shows that the ruling ANC is not committed to doing so.

    To read the article titled, “TAC 'disappointed' by ANC's approach to condoms in schools,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • HEAIDS Welcomes Flavoured Condoms

    The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) has welcomed the idea of giving colourful and flavoured condoms to tertiary institutions.

    HEAIDS director, Ramneek Ahluwalia, points out that encouraging condom use among tertiary students is a good place to start, since many students join the higher education and training facilities from the age of 15.

    The comments follow a report by the Human Sciences Research Council, which highlights that it is between the ages of 15 to 24 where the youth is most at risk of acquiring HIV.

    To read the article titled, “Colourful, flavoured condoms on campus plan welcomed,” click here.

    Times Live
  • SA Tops in New HIV Infections

    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) says the proportion of South Africans infected with HIV has increased from 10.6 percent in 2008 to 12.2 percent in 2012.

    According to the HSRC’s National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, the total number of infected South Africans now stands at 6.4 million; 1.2 million more than in 2008.

    It says women aged between 30 and 34 and males aged 35 to 39 have the highest infection rates: 36 percent of females and 28.8 percent of males in these respective age groups contracted HIV.

    To read the article titled, “SA has highest number of new HIV infections worldwide – survey,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • 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.

    SABC News
  • 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.

    All Africa
  • 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.

    News 24
  • Wits University HIV Breakthrough

    Two University of the Witwatersrand scientists have made major strides in the quest of finding a vaccine to prevent the HIV infection. The researchers, Maria Papathanasopoulos and Dr Penny Moore, will present a research lecture on their internationally recognised work at the University of the Witwatersrand on 26 November 2013.

    Papathanasopoulos argues that, although condoms and male circumcision works to prevent HIV, about 1 000 South Africans are still infected every day.

    The researchers believe scientists need to know how to make broadly neutralising (special) antibodies and give people the right kind of HIV protein that instructs the body on how to make these antibodies if they are to make an effective vaccine.

    To read the article titled, “Wits HIV breakthrough,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Bala Appointed UNAIDS Ambassador

    Gospel and RnB musician, Loyiso Bala, has been appointed as the national Goodwill Ambassador for the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
    UNAIDS coordinator, Catherine Sozi, says that Bala would use the position to speak out about the stigma and discrimination suffered by HIV-infected people and on gender inequality and gender-based violence.
    Sozi points out that, “He [Bala] has a powerful role to play in helping us highlight critical issues in the HIV response, there is still a lot to be done to achieve the goal of reducing the disease by 2015."
    To read the article titled “Loyiso Bala s, UNAids Ambassador” click here.

    SABC News
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Social Science Interviewer

    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 5, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Social Science Interviewer, based in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek near Cape Town.

    This is a two-year contract position.

    • Administer the data collection instruments related to product adherence and correlates in a microbicide trial;
    • Ensure non-biased, consistent, complete and accurate data collection across all study participants and over time.
    • Tertiary qualification in Social Sciences or related Tertiary education;
    • Fluency in English and isiXhosa;
    • Minimum of two years experience involved in a research study;
    • Comfortable with discussing topics related to sexuality.
    • Preferred:
    • GCP certification;
    • Prior interviewing experience.
    To apply, submit a CV (no certificate), motivation letter indicating ‘Social Science Interviewer’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to the Human Resource Manager at or fax to: 021 633 0182.

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

    Enquiries: Dr Gill, Tel: 021 785 5486/3310.

    If you are a foreign national applying for this position, attach a copy of your work permit to your application.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of the documents that allows you to work in South Africa legally.

    The DTHF is committed to equity in our employment practices. It is its intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. The organisation reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

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