• TAC Says FS Hit By Medical Shortages

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that the Free State is hardest hit by medicine shortages for HIV and tuberculosis.

    TAC national chairperson, Anele Yawa, is urging the premier to end what she calls the chronic shortage of medicines in the Free State health system.

    On 20 March 2014, several members of the TAC marched to Free State Premier, Ace Magashule’s office in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum urging him to intervene in Free State health matters.

    To read the article titled, “FState hardest hit by medicine shortages - TAC,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • 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
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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: 
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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

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

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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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: 
    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.

    • 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.
    • 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.

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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: 
    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.


    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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.

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