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GLOBAL: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 482, 23 April 2010

NAIROBI, 23 April 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS

MALAWI: Clinics dispel male circumcision myths
MALAWI: Lazzar Phiri,* "It's a thing that we needed to discuss"
ZIMBABWE: Worrying rise in STIs among young people
SOMALIA: HIV education goes to school
KENYA: Bisexual male sex workers run big risks
COTE D'IVOIRE: A dollar or less per trick
ZIMBABWE: "I shout; I speak out on issues concerning women living with HIV"
ETHIOPIA: Feeding family unity

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Sixth International HIV and Hepatitis Co-Infection Workshop, 31 May-2 June 2010 - Tel Aviv, Israel
2. Identifying Appropriate Livelihood Options for Adolescent Girls: A Programme Design Tool - USAID Health Policy Initiative

VACANCIES

1. Associate Director/ROADS Country Manager, Family Health International (FHI) - Maputo, Mozambique
2. HIV Technical Coordinator, Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) - Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo



MALAWI: Clinics dispel male circumcision myths

Male circumcision (MC), which can reduce HIV among men by up to 60 percent, is controversial in Malawi and government has yet to implement mass male circumcision. But a chain of private clinics has rolled out the measure with some surprising results.

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MALAWI: Lazzar Phiri,* "It's a thing that we needed to discuss"

Lazzar Phiri*, a health worker in Malawian capital, Lilongwe, doesn't only preach the benefits of male circumcision - he knows them first hand. Almost a year ago he went for the minor operation at a clinic run by the family planning organization, Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) - Future Family in the Chichewa language. In a country where "the cut" remains controversial, Phiri sat down with IRIN/PlusNews to talk about it.

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ZIMBABWE: Worrying rise in STIs among young people

A new report by Zimbabwe's National AIDS Council (NAC), showing a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15 to 24 in the capital, Harare, has health experts worried that the country's success in reducing HIV could be unravelling.

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SOMALIA: HIV education goes to school

A new programme is targeting about 800 primary and junior high school students in northwestern Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland with HIV/AIDS messages for the first time.

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KENYA: Bisexual male sex workers run big risks

At a nightclub in Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, Tito Bakari* a local man, and Leonard Smithberger, a tourist, make out in a dark corner before the bouncer asks them to leave. Hand in hand they walk to another bar nearby, where they party through the night.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: A dollar or less per trick

A small group of nervous looking girls hang about in the bustling bus station in Adjamé, a working-class neighbourhood of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire's commercial hub, carefully watched by their 'vieux pères' – their protectors or pimps – who hold machetes or knives. A trick is often negotiated for barely a dollar, and generally without a condom.

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ZIMBABWE: "I shout; I speak out on issues concerning women living with HIV"

Evelyn Mashamba is one of Zimbabwe's most outspoken gender and AIDS activists and has being living with HIV for the past 10 years. She told IRIN/PlusNews how being HIV-positive propelled her into the movement to fight for the rights of women living with the virus.

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ETHIOPIA: Feeding family unity

Grandmother Anchilalo Ejigu was distraught when her daughter died from an HIV-related illness two years ago, leaving behind two children under five; the family’s other relatives refused to take in the children, so at the age of 50, Anchilalo became a parent all over again.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Sixth International HIV and Hepatitis Co-Infection Workshop, 31 May-2 June 2010 - Tel Aviv, Israel

The workshop brings together clinicians and scientists involved in the many challenges related to the care of individuals living with both HIV and hepatitis infections. This next edition will continue to focus on developments in basic science, emerging therapies, and clinical management. It will emphasize translational research and best practices in the clinical management of hepatitis and HIV co-infection.

For more information, visit: www.virology-education.com



2. Identifying Appropriate Livelihood Options for Adolescent Girls: A Programme Design Tool - Health Policy Initiative

This tool guides users through a series of diagnostic steps to understand how particular groups of adolescent girls are put at risk of HIV infection by their lack of access to and control over social, natural, human, physical, and financial capital. It offers a menu of livelihood strategies that may contribute to overcoming the identified socioeconomic constraints or utilizing the identified opportunities to strengthen adolescent girls' power to make and act on decisions that protect them from HIV infection.

To download the agenda, visit: www.healthpolicyinitiative.com



VACANCIES

1. Associate Director/ROADS Country Manager, Family Health International (FHI) - Maputo, Mozambique

Responsibilities:
  • Act as a liaison with relevant private and public agencies, organizations, National AIDS Control Programme, the US Agency for International Development, and other donors regarding Mozambique programmes and activities;
  • Manage the development of country plans, their periodic review and revision;
  • Manage the design of sub-project activities;
  • Manage country office staffing levels and supervise country office staff;
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring of sub-projects;
  • Ensure production of timely and accurate financial and substantive reports to FHI, USAID and other donors as required.

Qualifications:
  • Masters level degree in social science, public health or related field;
  • At least five years experience managing large international development projects;
  • Overseas field experience required;
  • Good cross-cultural skills;
  • English and Portuguese language skills required.

Application deadline: 21 May 2010

To apply, visit: www.fhi.org



2. HIV Technical Coordinator, Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) - Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Responsibilities:
  • Ensure project activities are implemented according to plan and set objectives;
  • Work with the Deputy Country Health Director to design and monitor all Merlin's Global Fund and others HIV Programme interventions in DR Congo;
  • Provide technical support to the medical team in all health zones, including participation in evaluation and impact analysis of current HIV projects;
  • Quality control of medical logistics within the HIV project;
  • Ensure constant assessment of the medical needs of the community and guiding of project activities to respond to their needs under guidance of the deputy country health director;
  • Prepare monthly HIV activities reports including data analysis, for inclusion in the monthly situation report;
  • Technical supervision and training of Merlin national medical staff on HIV activities
  • Identify and implement requisite training in HIV for all medical staff to ensure the maximum use and development of their skills under the supervision of the deputy country health director
  • Technical representation at the zone, district, provincial and national level to ensure all project activities are carried out with their agreement and, as far as possible, their participation, in conjunction with deputy country health director and country health director;
  • Provide coverage for other posts when needed and carry out any other responsibilities as requested by the deputy country health director.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified doctor or nurse with extensive post qualification experience;
  • Qualification in tropical medicine, public health, HIV/AIDS or equivalent
  • Significant previous overseas experience in the management of HIV/AIDS programmes in similar contexts;
  • Familiarity with Global Fund HIV programmes;
  • Experience of communicating and representation with a range of people, organizations and cultures;
  • Experience in epidemiological analysis;
  • Competency in designing and critically apprising BCC material and strategies;
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of and ability to work within both relief and development NGO contexts;
  • Excellent management and personnel skills to enable the motivation, encouragement and participation of Congolese counterparts and Merlin national staff.

Application deadline: 20 June 2010 To apply, visit: www.merlin.org.uk


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