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GLOBAL: IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 353, 21 September 2007

JOHANNESBURG, 21 September 2007 (PlusNews) - NEWS:

ZAMBIA: Government discards the elderly
NIGERIA: Treatment scale-up urgently needed
SWAZILAND: Two-thirds of women beaten and abused
SOUTHERN AFRICA: A winning recipe for PMTCT but few follow it
PAKISTAN: Roadside dentists pose HIV, hepatitis threat
KENYA: Muslim opposition to condoms limits distribution

Resources/Events
1. Engaging faith-based organisations in HIV prevention: A training manual for programme managers
2. Workshop: HIV/AIDS and Healthcare Safety

Vacancies
1. Programme Manager: Head of Health and HIV/AIDS Unit, Catholic Relief Services
2. HIV/AIDS Programme Advisor, World Vision





ZAMBIA: Government discards the elderly

Zambia's elderly population are faced with a double jeopardy: they are either shunned by communities as witchcraft practitioners or, with little or no understanding of the disease, are burdened with caring for HIV/AIDS orphans, says a non-governmental organisation concerned with their wellbeing.

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NIGERIA: Treatment scale-up urgently needed

Nigeria is lagging behind in the provision of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, and only one out of five people who need the drugs have access to them, according to a new study.

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SWAZILAND: Two-thirds of women beaten and abused

One in every three female Swazis has experienced some form of sexual violence before turning 18, and two out of three aged 18 to 24, according to the first national survey to chart the scope of sexual and other types of violence perpetrated against women and girls.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA: A winning recipe for PMTCT but few follow it

A success story, at last: Botswana has lowered the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to less than four percent, coming close to developed countries that have almost eliminated paediatric AIDS.

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PAKISTAN: Roadside dentists pose HIV, hepatitis threat

Holding a chunk of ice wrapped in a handkerchief firmly to his right cheek, Saleem Jawad, 34, looks rather pleased with himself. From time to time he turns away to spit out a stream of red blood, before sipping from a glass of cold water beside him.

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KENYA: Muslim opposition to condoms limits distribution

The strong anti-condom stance of religious leaders in northern Kenya means few people there are using them and traders are refusing to stock them, which AIDS activists warn is jeopardising the fight against the pandemic.

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Resources/Events

1. Engaging faith-based organisations in HIV prevention: A training manual for programme managers, United Nations Populations Fund

The manual explores how religious values and the power of religious leaders to mobilise communities can be used to design effective and sustainable community programmes to address HIV. It explains how to involve religious leaders in programmes to eliminate stigma and discrimination while outlining key HIV prevention messages that religious leaders can promote and the skills they need to deliver them effectively.

To download the document, go to: www.unfpa.org




2. Workshop: HIV/AIDS and Healthcare Safety: Capacity Building on Medical Waste Management, Action Family Foundation, 25 to 26 September, 2007, Lagos, Nigeria

Every year, an estimated 3 million healthcare providers worldwide are at risk of injury at work. Nigeria’s country-specific data on injection safety and medical waste showed 45 percent of health workers had at least one needle stick injury within the preceding year. In attempt to redress this critical aspect of health care safety, the West African College of Nursing - in collaboration with Action Family Foundation - is organizing a two-day capacity building workshop to empower practitioners and strengthen waste management in health facilities.

For further information, email or or phone on +234 803 474 5345




Vacancies

1. Programme Manager: Head of Health and HIV/AIDS Unit, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Abuja, Nigeria

Responsibilities


  • Maintain frequent communication with USAID and any donor agencies


  • Anticipate and fulfill donor information needs


  • Identify potential donors and develop CRS fundraising strategies and strategic alliances;


  • Represent the agency before relevant officials and different diplomatic missions


  • Promote effective collaboration between CRS and the local Church in close coordination with management team


  • Ensure that Health provide partners with appropriate support during the project cycle


  • Participate in strategic planning


  • Ensure that all Health projects include and follow the necessary monitoring and evaluation systems, allowing for the inclusion of best practices and lessons learned.


  • Take the lead in staff recruitment processes

Requirements


  • Masters degree in Public Health or social sciences or a MD.


  • Three years in a management position, supervising senior staff, with international or intercultural experience preferred


  • Two years experience managing CRS development projects, and with CRS proposal writing and project review process as well as some experience with USAID-funded projects


  • Excellent strategic planning skills


  • Computer proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook


  • Written and verbal proficiency in English; proficiency in French preferred; professional proficiency in French, Spanish or Portuguese required

Application deadline: Rolling

To apply for this position please go to the Catholic Relief Service's website at www.crs.org. Regrettably, email submissions are not accepted. In your cover letter, please include requisition number I07081, source code and salary requirements.




2. HIV/AIDS Programme Advisor, World Vision, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Responsibilities


  • Project manage the HIV & AIDS Outcome of World Vision’s Programme Partnership Agreement with DFID


  • Manage the HIV & AIDS Programme Officer


  • Lead the growth and development of HIV & AIDS programme portfolio, and strategy


  • Provide technical advice and support to programme officers on HIV & AIDS related components of WVUK funded development and humanitarian projects


  • Develop the capacity of other World Vision staff regarding HIV & AIDS Programming - Act as the contact point for all World Vision teams providing information on HIV & AIDS programming.

Requirements


  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant discipline preferably with a relevant Masters level degree (e.g. public health, development studies)


  • Significant experience of HIV & AIDS - related programme work (e.g., design, monitoring and evaluation) in a developing country and experience of working in an international NGO context

  • High level of understanding and strong commitment to the issue of HIV & AIDS with knowledge of related health, gender and social issues


  • Project Management experience


  • High level of verbal and written communication and negotiation skills, with strong conceptual and analytical skills.


  • Experience of living and working in other countries leading to a demonstrated understanding of the differences in cultures and their influences.


  • Confidence and ability to relate well with senior management in partner organisations and government officials in order to inform and influence policy and programming.

Application deadline: 12 October 2007
To download and application, go to www.worldvision.org.uk



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