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GLOBAL: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 487, 28 May 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 28 May 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

AFRICA: Eliminate bottlenecks to end mother-to-child HIV transmission
KENYA: Putting HIV-positive people at the centre of prevention
AFRICA: Lost funding means lost lives
MALAWI: Malawi moves to adopt WHO guidelines
AFRICA: New research backs "treatment as prevention"
GLOBAL: ARVs for prevention? Proceed with caution, say researchers
GLOBAL: Pregnancy increases men's HIV risk

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. My Living Positively Handbook - Children's Rights Centre
2. Sixth International HIV and Hepatitis Co-Infection Workshop, May 31 - June 2 - Tel Aviv, Israel

VACANCIES

1. AIDS Relief Programme Manager, Catholic Relief Services - Rusizi, Rwanda
2. Technical Adviser on HIV/AIDS and Humanitarian Response, UNFPA - New York



AFRICA: Eliminate bottlenecks to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

Making services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) available without addressing the factors that keep mothers from accessing these services was an exercise in futility, experts told a press briefing in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

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KENYA: Putting HIV-positive people at the centre of prevention

People living with HIV must take their place at the forefront of HIV prevention efforts in Kenya if they are to be truly successful, senior government officials said at the launch of a set of national guidelines for rolling out "Prevention with Positives" in the capital, Nairobi.

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AFRICA: Lost funding means lost lives

As donors retreat from funding HIV and AIDS programmes, years of progress in HIV treatment are under threat and the lives of HIV-positive people are increasingly on the line, according to a new report by the international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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MALAWI: Malawi moves to adopt WHO guidelines

Developing countries like Malawi are calculating the cost of adhering to new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines that recommend starting HIV-positive people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) sooner.

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AFRICA: New research backs "treatment as prevention"

Targeting antiretroviral treatment (ART) programmes to prioritize people with low immunity and a high viral load could be an effective HIV prevention strategy, say the authors of a new study published in The Lancet.

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GLOBAL: ARVs for prevention? Proceed with caution, say researchers

Two new studies have confirmed fears that the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to prevent HIV could lead to drug resistance if inadvertently used by people who were already infected.

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GLOBAL: Pregnancy increases men's HIV risk

Findings from a new study reveal that a man's risk of contracting HIV from an infected female partner doubles during pregnancy. Other studies have indicated that women are more susceptible to HIV infection during pregnancy, but this is the first to show that men are also at greater risk.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. My Living Positively Handbook - Children's Rights Centre

My Living Positively Handbook is a full-colour picture handbook for children living with HIV that encourages children to live positively and to participate actively in the medical and health management of their illness.

To download, go to: www.childrensrightscentre.co.za



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

The annual international HIV-hepatitis co-infection workshop is recognized as a unique and important scientific and medical conference. 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.

For more information, go to: www.virology-education.com



VACANCIES

1. AIDS Relief Programme Manager, Catholic Relief Services - Rusizi, Rwanda

Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervisory and programme management support to the AIDSRelief consortium and its local partner treatment facilities (LPTF)
  • Lead the process of overseeing capacity assessment and institutional strengthening of LPTF and transferring their oversight to the Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Work with multiple CRS and AIDSRelief staff to coordinate health system strengthening and transition activity planning, implementation and monitoring
  • Develop strong working knowledge of the interdependent roles and relationships within the AIDSRelief consortium
  • Monitor programme implementation
  • Maintain relationships with project partners and key stakeholders
  • Take the lead on development of annual programme planning and budget submission
  • Review and approve LPTF budgets and support development of strategic plans and monthly/quarterly/annual reports

Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, Social Sciences or related field
  • Minimum two to three years prior programme management experience in a development context, with specific experience in capacity building of local institutions and partners; strong preference for health systems strengthening experience
  • At least two years experience in HIV/AIDS programme implementation at the field level
  • Experience providing technical assistance to partner organisations highly desirable
  • Experience building capacity of and developing strong working relationships with senior national staff
  • Excellent information collecting, processing, analysis and information-sharing skills
  • Capacity to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through adult learning strategies
  • Cultural sensitivity and solid track record as a team-builder and team-player; strong inter-personal and public relations skills
  • Professional oral and written proficiency in both English and French

Application deadline: 20 July

To apply, go to: www.crs.org



2. Technical Adviser on HIV/AIDS and Humanitarian Response, UNFPA - New York

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision for the overall integration of HIV into humanitarian response especially in the context of sexual and reproductive health(SRH), sexual and gender based violence, and sex work
  • Provide technical and related programme leadership, management advice and strategic support and guidance in HIV and humanitarian response, including for emergency preparedness, humanitarian assistance, recovery and transition in collaboration with the Humanitarian Response Branch and relevant Regional and Country offices and other partners
  • Identify and provide evidence based advice on HIV and humanitarian response especially in the context of SRH, and on UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution
  • Provide technical support and policy guidance for the increasing role of UNFPA in HIV programming among uniformed services and demobilized personnel in collaboration with the UNFPA Humanitarian Response Branch and relevant partners

Requirements:

  • Master's degree in public health, medicine, sociology, or other field directly related to the substantive area identified in the title of the post
  • Ten years of experience on International Development with at least five years of experience in HIV and humanitarian response and uniformed services and in monitoring and evaluation
  • Extensive network within the academic and development community
  • Excellent knowledge of programme and technical expertise
  • Excellent command of English; excellent writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of either French or Spanish desirable

Application deadline: 3 June

To apply, go to: www.unfpa.org


Theme(s): (PLUSNEWS) HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

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