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  • AIDS Cure Within Antibodies?

    The discovery of how a woman's body responded to her HIV infection by making antibodies may hold the clue to a cure for AIDS.

    In a study that was published in the scientific journal, Nature, South African and American researchers describe how the research team found and identified these antibodies in her blood, and then duplicated them by cloning the antibodies in a laboratory.

    Salim Abdool Karim, co-author and head of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, states that the potent antibodies take years to develop as they constantly evolve, the woman’s antibodies were discovered three years after she got infected and were traced backwards to outline how they changed in time.

    To read the article titled, “Clues to curing Aids could live in antibodies,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Malaria Intensifies in African Countries

    A study conducted by the Lancet medical journal has reported that gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in ten countries.
     
    According to the study, countries such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria.
     
    The study further shows that financial support has risen from US$100 million annually to about US$2 billion since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria initiative in 2000.
     
    To read the article titled, “Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • HIV, Easier to Live With - Activist

    The recent development of new and stronger HIV/AIDS drugs ensures that HIV becomes easier to live with.
     
    AIDS activist, David Patient, says he has lived with HIV for 30 years by leading a positive lifestyle and taking his medication correctly.
     
    "If I had a choice between being infected with HIV and living with diabetes, I would much rather take HIV. It is a much easier disease to live with, versus diabetes type 2. That is how manageable HIV is today. In fact, my life expectancy as a person living with HIV is longer than that for a person living with type 2 diabetes," states Patient.
     
    To read the article titled, “HIV is much easier to live with than diabetes: activist,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight

    A group of activists have staged a silent march at the country's main World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga.
     
    Made up of representatives from a number of human rights organisations, the group marched with an aim to draw attention to the issues facing people living with HIV/AIDS. 
     
    "The intention is not to disrupt the event, but to make sure that people remember that the AIDS epidemic is still going on. We want to highlight the fact that there are still people who are dying without treatment. So, we want to make sure that World AIDS Day focuses on real issues, that it does not become a political event with no significance for the people who live with HIV," explains AIDS activist, Mark Heywood.
     
    To read the article titled, “Mpumalanga Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • TB Infections on the Decrease - WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) report has found that the rate of new tuberculosis (TB) infections has decreased internationally, however, about three million infected people escape diagnosis.
     
    WHO TB programme director at WHO Global, Mario Raviglione, states that the quality of TB care is what has driven down millions of TB deaths worldwide.
     
    Raviglione, believes that although the deaths have declined, “…Far too many people are still missing out on such care and are suffering as a result. They are not diagnosed, or not treated, or information on the quality of care they receive is unknown.”
     
    To read article titled, “Three million escape TB diagnosis – WHO,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa: Senior Programmes Manager

    Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA) is a NGO that supports multidisciplinary treatment teams of health care workers working to improve the quality of paediatric HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa.
     
    PATA works collaboratively with 243 paediatric HIV clinics across 24 sub-Saharan African countries, providing various programmes and serving as a resource to support achievement of their stated goals. The foundation of PATA lies within these paediatric HIV treatment teams who work together at clinics across sub-Saharan Africa to form a community of compassionate and committed individuals who provide treatment and care to children infected with HIV. The fundamental purpose of PATA is to assist these treatment teams to improve the quality of healthcare they are able to deliver to their patients.

    PATA seeks to appoint a full-time Senior Programmes Manager, based at the PATA head office in Cape Town.
     
    The person will assist with the efficient running of PATA programmes.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Oversee the management of all PATA programmes, including the Expert Patient Programme, Forum Programme, Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative and Building Bridges Mentorship and Twinning Programme;
    • Manage PATA’s research and advocacy portfolios;
    • Expand and develop  existing and novel PATA programmes, portfolios and initiatives;
    • Supervise PATA’s communications, including newsletter production and social media;
    • Direct Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities;
    • Proposal writing, report writing and general donor liaison;
    • Manage budgets;
    • Communicate with PATA Steering Committee, Advisory Board, network clinics and frontline health workers;
    • Supervise two Programme Managers;
    • Provide weekly briefing to the Executive Director;
    • Travel to PATA Forums across sub-Saharan Africa.
    Requirements:
    • Honours degree minimum, Master’s degree will be preferred;
    • Excellent writing and communication skills;
    • Highly organised, outstanding attention to detail and delivery-orientated;
    • Motivated, passionate and committed;
    • Ability to work independently and problem-solve;
    • Clean track record;
    • Understanding of organisational dynamics and governance;
    • Own transport;
    • Willingness to travel;
    • South African citizenship or a valid South African work permit;
    • Fluency in French or Portuguese language advantageous but not necessary;
    • Programme and staff management experience essential;
    • Research, advocacy, communications, M&E and fundraising experience advantageous.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter to michele@teampata.org.

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

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

    For more about the Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa, refer to www.teampata.org.

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

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  • Clinton Health Access Initiative: Programmer - Health Financing

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, May 27, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI – formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) under the leadership of former President William Jefferson Clinton III has worked since 2002 to reduce the pricing of HIV/AIDS medicines and tests, and to work with governments around the world to further turn the tide on the disease by building the systems needed to deliver care and treatment.

    CHAI seeks to appoint a Programmer - Health Financing, based in South Africa.

    The Programmer will be a key member of the CHAI South Africa team and is expected to provide computer programming and general technical support for the Sustainable Health Financing team and other programming needs related to improving Efficiency and Effectiveness of government health care programmes. The Programmer will be expected to be flexible around the needs of CHAI’s health financing programmes, and to undertake ad hoc tasks, potentially on a variety of projects. They will contribute both through programming expertise and willingness to create bespoke solutions, managing large data sets and helping create tools to aid districts and provinces in their budgeting as South Africa transitions towards a National Health Insurance (NHI). Note the majority of programming will likely be in VBA, and involve automation of processes for the needs of government.

    The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding academic credentials and a strong computer programming record. The Programmer is required to work with government officials and implementing partners, and must have excellent communication and negotiation skills and a high degree of self-confidence. S/he must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence. S/he should also exhibit a number of important personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

    The Programmer will report directly to the Health Financing Manager for CHAI South Africa.

    Responsibilities:
    • Build databases/applications in relation to NHI resource tracking, costing and budgeting interventions, working closely with analysts on the team;
    • Make changes, additions, and edits to existing systems;
    • Create new applications as the need arises;
    • Ensure that all applications are compatible with multiple levels of implementation and are extremely user friendly and accessible in remote districts;
    • Work with the multiple teams to respond to needs and demands;
    • Provide technical assistance and training to the users of the system;
    • Work with the ministry of health to understand and build data-management needs, and maintain flexibility around ‘chipping in’ to multiple tasks;
    • Potentially significant ad hoc work, including database and website design and maintenance, but also non-IT related tasks including pitching in where needed;
    • Document all work thoroughly so products’ maintenance is sustainable.
    Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science/computer programming;
    • Minimum of two of years of professional experience;
    • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organisations;
    • Knowledge of public finance, the South African context, and/or health care;
    • Experience and knowledge in the following programming and development tools: VBA (in Excel and Access a must); SQL; JAVA; C; HTML or website development software advantageous;
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
    • Ability to set and meet time-lines and deadlines;
    • Comfortable working with government officials and people of varied cultures and background;
    • Fluent in English;
    • Willingness to travel at short notice if necessary.
    Apply online, click here.

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

    For more about the Clinton Health Access Initiative, refer to www.clintonhealthaccess.org.

    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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  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Adolescent / Research Nurse

    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    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. 

    DTHF seeks to appoint an Adolescent/Research Nurse, based at its Youth Centre in Masiphumelele, Sunnydale, Cape Town.

    Are you keen to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans? We are looking for an energetic clinical nurse practitioner with adolescent health experience or a keen desire to provide an adolescent health service including sexual and reproductive health in a youth centre in the South Peninsula. This wonderful opportunity for a broad minded, passionate nurse will also entail related research, education and counselling, working within a dynamic positive youth development team. If you think you have what it takes to shape and lead this service and want to make a difference in young lives then please apply today.

    DTHF invite applications from candidates for this one year- contract position with a possibility of renewal. 

    The person will provide SRH clinical care and general health education for all Youth Centre clients and assist in the conduct of adolescent research.

    Responsibilities: 

    Clinical
    • Providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all youth;
    • Running an adolescent-friendly health service including Sexual & Reproductive Health;
    • clinical care of all youth including study participants;
    • Performing HIV rapid testing, counselling and referring to appropriate services;
    • Issuing Family Planning and STI education
    • Facilitate adolescent referrals to other services where necessary;
    • Organisation and management of clinic including maintaining cold chain temperatures in phlebotomy and assisting in inventory, ordering and supply management;
    • Contribute to creating an adolescent-friendly research and service facility.
    Research
    • Obtain informed consent in keeping with GCP principles and assist with all study procedures under Study Coordinator’s supervision;
    • Performs the screening, eligibility assessment and enrolment of study participants;
    • Accurate and complete questionnaire and CRF administration;
    • Follow-up clinical care of all study participants;
    • Performing phlebotomy and ensuring rapid and efficient processing of samples to the designated laboratory;
    • Assisting with education and training as required;
    • Maintaining strict client confidentiality.

    Requirements:

    • Registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner;
    • Good clinical practice (GCP) training;
    • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and counselling;
    • Experience in performing phlebotomy
    • Previous clinical trial experience;
    • Adolescent experience or a keen interest to work with adolescents and youth;
    • Fluency in English and isiXhosa;
    • Own transport is advantageous;
    • Willingness to work irregular hours and some Saturdays;
    • Must be detail orientated and have an interest in research;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to maintain effectiveness during changing conditions;
    • Good verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Client Focus;
    • Non-judgemental attitude;
    • Planning and organising
    • Ability to work as a member of a team
    • Personal Effectiveness;
    • Continuous learning.
    This contract post is renewable subject to funding availability and acceptable work performance.
     
    If you meet the criteria as set out above and are interested in the position please send a covering.

    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two and motivation letter quoting the name of the position you are applying for and detailing your suitability for the position, 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.

    Enquiries: Thola Bennie, Tel: 021 785 5454
              
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve 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.

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

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

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  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Clinical Nurse Practitioner

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    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. 

    DTHF seeks to appoint a Clinical Nurse Practitioner, based at Youth Centre in Masiphumelele, Sunnydale, Cape Town.

    Are you keen to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans? The DTHF is looking for an energetic clinical nurse practitioner with adolescent health experience or a keen desire to provide an adolescent health service including sexual and reproductive health in a youth centre in the South Peninsula. This wonderful opportunity for a broad minded, passionate nurse will also entail related research, education and counselling, working within a dynamic positive youth development team. 

    We invite applications from candidates for this one year- contract position with a possibility of renewal, as an Adolescent /Research Nurse. 
     
    The person will provide SRH clinical care and general health education for all Youth Centre clients and assist in the conduct of adolescent research.

    Responsibilities: 

    Clinical
    • Providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all youth;
    • Running an adolescent-friendly health service including Sexual and Reproductive Health;
    • clinical care of all youth including study participants;
    • Performing HIV rapid testing, counselling and referring to appropriate services;
    • Issuing Family Planning and STI education;
    • Facilitate adolescent referrals to other services where necessary;
    • Organisation and management of clinic including maintaining cold chain temperatures in phlebotomy and assisting in inventory, ordering and supply management;
    • Contribute to creating an adolescent-friendly research and service facility.
    • Research
    • Obtain informed consent in keeping with GCP principles and assist with all study procedures under Study Coordinator’s supervision;
    • Performs the screening, eligibility assessment and enrolment of study participants;
    • Accurate and complete questionnaire and CRF administration;
    • Follow-up clinical care of all study participants;
    • Performing phlebotomy and ensuring rapid and efficient processing of samples to the designated laboratory;
    • Assisting with education and training as required;
    • Maintaining strict client confidentiality.
    Requirements:
    • Registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner;
    • Good clinical practice (GCP) training;
    • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and counselling;
    • Experience in performing phlebotomy;
    • Previous clinical trial experience;
    • Adolescent experience or a keen interest to work with adolescents and youth;
    • Fluency in English and isiXhosa;
    • Own transport is advantageous;
    • Willingness to work irregular hours and some Saturdays.
    • Must be detail orientated and have an interest in research;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to maintain effectiveness during changing conditions;
    • Good verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Client focus;
    • Non-judgemental attitude;
    • Planning and organising;
    • Ability to work as a member of a team;
    • Personal effectiveness;
    • Continuous learning.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two and motivation letter quoting the name of the position you are applying for and detailing your suitability for the position to the Human Resource Manager via email: jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182. 

    Enquiries: Thola Bennie, Tel: 021 785 5454

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
              
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve 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.

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

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

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