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  • 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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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: 
    Employment
    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.

    Responsibilities:
    • 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.
    Requirements:
    • 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 Jobs@hiv-research.org.za 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.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Grants and Business Administrator

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    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 Grants & Business Administrator, based at its Emavundleni research facility in Crossroads, Cape Town.

    Responsibilities:

    Financial Administration of the business unit

    Ensuring cash flow
    • Monthly reporting and debtor invoicing grantors, involves knowing grant compliance regulations;
    • Ensuring high levels of efficacy of the administration systems supporting the process ensuring compliance to organisational policy, GAAP, VAT regulations, grantor regulations;
    • Developing cost allocation methodologies to ensure grant compliance and full utilisation of budgets;
    • Allocating costs/creditor invoices to budgets.
    Purchasing
    • Responsible for supplier relationships;
    • Managing relationship with procurement officer;
    • Validate and adherence and compliance to payment procedures.
    Ensuring site is adequately financially resourced and managed
    • Understanding the resources required, especially staffing, to run a pluri-potent, multi-network, multi-protocol clinical trial site;
    • Writing and submitting annual and periodical budgets timeously within different legal structures i.e. as a consortium member, as a sub-contract, as a primary awardee;
    • Managing budgets in foreign currency i.e. in a volatile exchange rate environment.
    Daily cash management
    • Coordinating participant incentives;
    • Reconciling and approving the petty cash.
    Coordinate and manage external and internal government and project related audits

    Other site administration
    • HR Administration (Coordinate and manage staff recruitment with HR manager; Coordinate and manage staff disciplinary issues with HR manager);
    • IT Administration - ensure fully functional IT systems.
    Requirements:
    • Finance degree with minimum of three years experience preferably with a business administration post graduate qualification;
    • Cost and management accounting - donor fund management is an asset;
    • High levels of numeracy and accuracy;
    • Intermediate to advanced excel;
    • SAP Business One;
    • Resourcing and budgeting skills;
    • Ability to develop and implement administrative systems;
    • Entrepreneurship, intercultural competence, team working, analytical thinking and flexibility.
    This contract post is renewable subject to funding availability and acceptable work performance.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter indicating ‘Grants & Business Administrator’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to Jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    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.

    It is illegal to employee foreign national without documentation which would allow them to work in South Africa legally. 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.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • AJAR Special Issue - Contextualising Structural Factors in HIV Prevention

    A special issue of African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) on the structural drivers of HIV has just been published. Based on a series of papers drawn from the 3rd Structural Drivers of HIV Conference, co-hosted by Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) in Cape Town last year (2013), papers in this edition address the importance of understanding the broader social, cultural, economic and environmental factors affecting HIV transmission, and the contextual complexities of adapting and implementing HIV and AIDS interventions to different settings. 

    Hosted by HEARD in collaboration with HIV and Development Group at the University of East Anglia, and the STRIVE Programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the 3rd Structural Drivers of HIV Conference explored the contextual complexities that researchers and programmers across the HIV and AIDS field wrestle with when planning and implementing HIV programmes. Under the theme, Contextualising structural factors in HIV prevention, the selected papers in this special issue highlight the need to recognise that human behaviour is not determined by a single causal factor, and sustained change in human behaviour is extremely difficult to achieve through generic ‘one size fits all’ interventions. Interventions are likely to fail if they do not take into account the context in which an intervention is introduced; a context which may change as the intervention is implemented and be shaped by the factors which may act asbarriers or facilitators for different people at different times.

    Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD).
  • Research Highlights Progress in HIV Prevention

    United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others, has released research studies which provide evidence that safe, high quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services performed by trained healthcare professionals in low resource settings can be implemented and sustained at scale and have the potential to significantly prevent new HIV infections in adolescent and adult men.

    The research studies, which focus on five African countries, point out that providing VMMC services offers a unique opportunity to reach men as never before, and often for the first time in their lives, with critical sexual and reproductive health services and to link them with HIV care and treatment when necessary.

    PEPFAR, as of the end of 2013, has supported countries in eastern and Southern Africa to perform more than 4.7 million VMMC services for HIV prevention.
     
    To read the article titled, “New research highlights progress in HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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