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.

AIDS Vaccine Far from Reality

The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) says we are still a long way from realising a vaccine or a cure for HIV.

CAPRISA director, Professor, Salim Abdool Karim, says the search for a vaccine is underway, adding that, “So, the search is well underway and I think we have some early, promising data to suggest that it may be a potential way that would help us to develop a vaccine.”

Not Easy Dealing With AIDS Patients

Thuliswa Sontsele, a social worker at South Coast Hospice, says dealing with people infected with HIV/AIDS is a difficult job.

Sontsele says they work tirelessly in educating people about the importance of taking medication and to adhere to the treatment.

She says it is emotional to see the little ones who are infected and have to take their medication on a daily basis, yet they ask a lot of questions about their future. 

HIV Response Strategies Key to Tackling Malaria

Swaziland's minister of health and social welfare, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, has called for lessons learned from the HIV response in Southern Africa to be applied to the response to malaria.

Speaking on World Malaria Day (25 April 2015) in Livingstone, Zambia, Simelane emphasised the need for early diagnostic and treatment systems to combat malaria in the border areas of Southern Africa, just as has been done in the mitigation of HIV and AIDS.

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.

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.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Driver

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.


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…”

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.

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.


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