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AFRICA: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 470, 29 January 2010

NAIROBI, 29 January 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

RWANDA: New campaign to boost condom use
KENYA: New strategy targets most at-risk populations
SOUTH AFRICA: Foreigners fare better on HIV treatment than citizens
UGANDA: Museveni distances himself from "cruel" anti-gay bill
ZIMBABWE: Raising more money for HIV/AIDS
ZIMBABWE: Gov't to double number of people on HIV treatment
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
KENYA: Gung-ho grannies learn self-defence
SOUTH AFRICA: Military gets new HIV policy
SUDAN: Vulnerable girls risk sexual exploitation on Juba's streets

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 9th International Conference on New Trends in Immunosuppression and Immunotherapy, 4-6 February 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland
2. Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector: Tool to improve responsiveness to women's needs - United Nations World Health Organization

VACANCIES

1. HIV and AIDS Trainer, Progressio - Al-Hodeidah, Yemen
2. Associate Programme Manager, West and Central Africa, Population Services International (PSI) - Washington DC, the United States of America



RWANDA: New campaign to boost condom use

A campaign by the Rwandan government aims to significantly increase the use of both male and female condoms in the country, where it is estimated that sexually active people use an average of just three condoms per year.

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KENYA: New strategy targets most at-risk populations

Kenya has launched an ambitious strategy to fight HIV/AIDS that aims to reduce new infections by at least 50 percent over the next four years and focus more on most at-risk populations (MARPs).

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SOUTH AFRICA: Foreigners fare better on HIV treatment than citizens

A study finding that foreigners are about half as likely to fail antiretroviral (ARV) treatment as South African citizens attending the same Johannesburg clinic has challenged widely held assumptions about migrants' ability to adhere to HIV/AIDS drug regimens.

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UGANDA: Museveni distances himself from "cruel" anti-gay bill

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has indicated he will not back a bill that would impose the death sentence for the crime of "aggravated homosexuality" - when an HIV-positive person has sex with anyone who is disabled or under the age of 18.

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ZIMBABWE: Raising more money for HIV/AIDS

A plan to expand the three percent AIDS levy to include those in the informal sector could have a negative impact on the lives of Zimbabweans, analysts have warned.

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ZIMBABWE: Gov't to double number of people on HIV treatment

An ambitious state plan that will almost double the number of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment by the end of 2010 has drawn mixed reactions from AIDS activists, but increased donor funding has made the government quietly confident.

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AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer

More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.

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KENYA: Gung-ho grannies learn self-defence

In a community hall in Korogocho, a slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, an instructor takes his students through their paces, but unlike the usual fitness fanatics, today's class is a group of elderly women learning self-defence techniques.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Military gets new HIV policy

The announcement in late 2009 that the government had approved a new HIV/AIDS policy in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was widely welcomed by AIDS and human rights lobbyists as long overdue.

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SUDAN: Vulnerable girls risk sexual exploitation on Juba's streets

In a large market in Juba, the regional capital of Southern Sudan, young women spend long afternoons lounging on beds in sweltering iron sheet rooms, waiting for men.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 9th International Conference on New Trends in Immunosuppression and Immunotherapy, 4-6 February 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland

This biennial meeting highlights the latest developments in the field of Immunosuppression, Immunomodulation and Immunotherapy.

For further information, visit: www2.kenes.com



2. Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector: Tool to improve responsiveness to women's needs - United Nations World Health Organization

Field-tested in five countries - Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania - this tool helps programme managers and health-care providers in the public and private sectors integrate gender into HIV/AIDS programmes they wish to set up, implement and evaluate so they are more responsive to women's needs.

To download the tool, visit: www.who.int



VACANCIES

1. HIV and AIDS Trainer, Progressio- Al-Hodeidah, Yemen

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in initiating and developing interventions mainly with local civil society groups in Al-Hodeidah;
  • Feed experiences into a national response to HIV and AIDS in Yemen.


Qualifications:

  • Degree in social sciences and/or public health qualification or training;
  • Inter->disciplinary knowledge of the management and control of HIV and AIDS;
  • A minimum of three years' experience in HIV and AIDS programmes in a policy/management or design capacity at community and national levels;
  • Experience of effective strategies to respond to HIV and AIDS with Muslim communities;
  • Experience in working with governmental and non-governmental organisations, people living with HIV and AIDS, and in the formation of support groups;
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training events on HIV and AIDS, and of training others in home based care;
  • Understanding of capacity building techniques and methods, and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge through formal or informal training and skill-sharing.

Application deadline: 14 February 2010

For further information and an application form visit www.progressio.org.uk



2. Associate Programme Manager, West and Central Africa, Population Services International (PSI) - Washington DC, the United States of America

Responsibilities:

  • Managing communications with overseas staff and acting as the liaison between overseas staff and PSI technical and functional departments (e.g. procurement, contracts, technical services);
  • Providing financial oversight through the review of annual operating budgets and monthly sales reports, conducting non
  • suspense reclassifications, and reviewing cost
  • share reports;
  • Monitoring contract compliance, close
  • outs and pending issues;
  • Preparing, reviewing and tracking budgets and business plans from the programmatic perspective;
  • Reviewing procurement requests and monitoring procurement pipelines;
  • Maintaining programme quality through the review of: quarterly performance assessments, minimum standards and research implementation.

Requirements:

  • Master's degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience;
  • At least two years work experience in a developing country preferred;
  • Fluency in French;
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet software and data analysis;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.

Application deadline: 27 March 2010

To apply, visit: www.psi.org


Theme(s): (PLUSNEWS) Children, (PLUSNEWS) Gender Issues, (PLUSNEWS) Prevention - PlusNews, (PLUSNEWS) Stigma/Human Rights/Law - PlusNews

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