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GLOBAL: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 475, 5 March 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

SOUTH AFRICA: Delayed drug registrations hard to swallow
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst
TANZANIA: Merging family planning and HIV services
UGANDA: Online protest keeps spotlight on anti-gay bill

EVENTS/RESOURCES
1. Call for Shadow Reports in 2010, AIDS Accountability International, 31 March
2. HIV and sex work: Future directions in policy and programming, PANOS

VACANCIES
1. Country Strategy Consultant, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for Southern Africa – Pretoria, South Africa
2. Clinical Advisor, International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programmes – Lesotho



SOUTH AFRICA: Delayed drug registrations hard to swallow

Delays in registering antiretroviral (ARV) medication may keep cheaper, more patient-friendly drugs out of reach as South Africa prepares to launch the world's largest tender for medicines.

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AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout

Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst

When a crisis strikes, access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be among the first casualties, particularly in countries where many people are on treatment.

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TANZANIA: Merging family planning and HIV services

A Tanzanian project is integrating family planning and HIV messages via community health workers who teach HIV-positive couples how to avoid unwanted pregnancies or infecting their unborn children.

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UGANDA: Online protest keeps spotlight on anti-gay bill

More than 450,000 people have signed an online petition urging Uganda's parliament to drop 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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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Call for Shadow Reports in 2010, AIDS Accountability International, 31 March

AIDS Accountability International, an independent rating organization that strives to hold leaders accountable to their commitments to respond to the HIV epidemic, is calling on organizations working in the area of vulnerable populations, gender and human rights to submit shadow or alternate UNGASS reports for 2010. Reports can be submitted to UNAIDS no later than 31 March.

For more information and county-specific guidance, go to www.aidsaccountability.org


2. HIV and sex work: Future directions in policy and programming, PANOS

This guide to recent research on the relationship between commercial sex and HIV touches upon some potential new directions in policy and programming, including new prevention technologies and approaches to the economic empowerment of sex workers.

To download the publication, www.eldis.org


VACANCIES

1. Country Strategy Consultant, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for Southern Africa – Pretoria, South Africa

Responsibilities:
  • Develop key objectives, deliverables, and tools that will assist in the development of country strategies
  • Assist coordinators and project officers with country responsibilities to prepare for the development of Migration Health Country Strategies
  • Organise and facilitate a five-day strategy meeting for country coordinators, regional officials and project officers in order to finalise country strategies and draft a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework
Qualifications:
  • Degree in a relevant field, preferably in health or development
  • More than three years experience with strategy development and M&E, preferably with an international development organization
  • Knowledge of migration dynamics, health and HIV in southern and East Africa
  • Effective management and communication skills -Computer literacy

Interested candidates should send their CV and one-page cover letter to Reiko Matsuyama as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


2. Clinical Advisor, International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programmes – Lesotho

Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical and programmatic support
  • Facilitate capacity-building and health system strengthening in national programme
  • Directly supervise clinical advisors while participating in a technical advisory team
  • Perform other duties as required
Qualifications:
  • Medical degree
  • Extensive clinical experience in care and treatment of TB, HIV and HIV/TB coinfection
  • At least three years experience in TB/HIV public health programmes at facility level
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Must be willing to travel 50 percent of the time throughout Lesotho

Application deadline: 30 Apr 2010

Please send cover letter and CV to and indicate that you are applying for position #CA - LS in the subject line of your email.


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