• NGO: ARVs Affect Pupils' Academic Performance

    Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
    Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
    The NGO’s centre manager, Emily Rudolph, states that they have noticed that some children develop challenges in class - young patients become sluggish, and as a result repeat grades.
    To read the article titled, “NGO: ARVs affecting pupils' academic performance,” click here.

    Eye Witness News
  • 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.

    The new UNAIDS report, ‘Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030’, 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.

    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS announces targets to hopefully end AIDS by 2030,” click here

    SABC News
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Driver

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, December 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a registered nonprofit organisation focused 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 Driver, based in Observatory, Johannesburg.

    This full-time one-year fixed-term contract position.

    • Matric (Grade 12) or equivalent;
    • Minimum of one year solid driver’s experience;
    • Relevant experience in Office administration and data capturing is essential;
    • HIV Counselling and testing experience will be advantageous;
    • Valid code 10 driver’s licence;
    • Proficiency in Ms Office and Ms Access;
    • Police clearance;
    • Willingness to travel and work irregular hours, including weekends;
    • Ability to work within a team;
    • Maintain confidentiality.
    • Drive the Tutu Tester Clinic daily to pre-arranged sites;
    • Oversee arrival and departure procedures, pack and unpack equipment;
    • Responsible to register all clients in the field;
    • Maintain all Tutu Tester project equipment;
    • Technical maintenance of Tutu Tester Project Vehicle including the Tester;
    • Operation and maintenance of biometric client registration system;
    • Capture study forms on the Broccoli biometric database and filling out forms;
    • Perform admin and related duties as when required.
    To apply, submit a CV which includes the names and contact details of at least two professional references and a motivational letter, quoting the name of the position you are applying  to: The Human Resource Manager via email: or fax to: 021 650 6963.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The Foundation is committed to equity in its employment practices. It is the Foundation's intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. The Foundation reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidate is identified.
    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.
    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date please consider you application as unsuccessful.
    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is a child friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

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  • Govt to Advance ARV Provision

    Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

    Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”

    The massive tender aims to improve ARV supplies to patients and will also be a massive cash injection for local producers. Foreign manufacturers will also have to invest and produce in South Africa to take advantage of the local procurement clause.”

    To read the article titled, “ARV's provision to HIV positive persons to advance next year,” click here.

    SABC Education
  • 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.

    It says that, “Ending the Aids epidemic as a global health threat is no longer a dream. It can be a reality within 15 years if we accelerate action today.”

    To read the article titled, “AIDS could be over by 2030 - or it could get worse than it is now,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Infants Start HIV Treatment Late

    According to a study presented at the 2014 Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference, three quarters of infants starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) across 11 clinics in Southern Africa had severe HIV disease and 87.2 percent met the 2006 World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of severe immunosuppression.
    There was a modest improvement in the proportion of infants who started treatment before the onset of severe immunosuppression or severe HIV-related illnesses after 2009, but the majority of infants starting treatment in 2012 had stage 3-4 of the HIV disease.
    The study described the outcomes of infants starting ART at 11 clinics in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with data collected by sites contributing to the International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS in Southern African (IeDEA-SA).
    To read the article titled, “Infants in southern Africa start antiretroviral therapy late with advanced disease,” click here.

    Aids Map
  • 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.

    "The only way we will end this crisis is if we end every single last case of Ebola so there is no more risk of transmission to anyone, and when that's accomplished, UNMEER will go home," explains Banbury.

    To read the article titled, “Stopping global Ebola spread 'world's highest priority': UN,” click here.

    Sowetan Live
  • 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.

    Nearly all that money was donated directly to UN agencies and nonprofits working in West Africa with just US$100 000 paid by Colombia into the trust fund set up by Ki-moon, according to UN records.

    To read the article titled, “UN Ebola trust fund gets US$100 000, almost US$1 billion needed,” click here.

    SABC News
  • WHO: Ebola Set to Explode Without Drastic Action

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, the Ebola epidemic is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, warning that hundreds of thousands could be infected by the end of 2014.

    In a report, the United Nations agency declares that new cases would surge from hundreds each week to thousands without ‘drastic improvements in control measures’, with the number of infections set to more than triple to 20 000 by November 2014.

    The research paper warns that the outbreak could drag out for years and become entrenched in West Africa, which has already seen almost 3 000 deaths.

    To read the article titled, “Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • 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.”

    He states that the country should have taken more proactive steps, instead of merely making sure there was protective clothing available.

    To read the article titled, “SA negating Ebola role: expert,” click here.

    IOL News
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