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HIV/AIDS: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 505, 1 October 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 1 October 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

HIV/AIDS: Patent pool gets first license but drug companies still not on board
HIV/AIDS: New ways to bridge the AIDS funding gap
EAST AFRICA: Community radio reaches refugees with HIV messages
HIV/AIDS: Value for money central to achieving universal access
SWAZILAND: A dialogue to defeat AIDS
KENYA: Infant male circumcision for HIV prevention "promising"
HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Mitchell Warren, executive director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Towards Universal Access report - WHO/UNAIDS
2. Third Botswana International HIV Conference, 13-16 October 2010 - Gaborone, Botswana

VACANCIES

1. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Zimbabwe Country Programme), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - Washington DC
2. HIV GBV Programme Officer, American Refugee Committee International (ARC) - Magwi, Sudan



HIV/AIDS: Patent pool gets first license but drug companies still not on board

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has become the first patent holder to join the recently created Medicines Patent Pool, but unless other patent holders follow suit, the NIH's move will not increase access to HIV treatment.

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HIV/AIDS: New ways to bridge the AIDS funding gap

Money, or the lack of it, is likely to be the deciding factor in meeting global health targets. This was one of the main messages to emerge from both the recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) summit in New York, and the latest report by UNAIDS on progress towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care.

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EAST AFRICA: Community radio reaches refugees with HIV messages

An FM radio station broadcasting from the western Tanzanian town of Ngara is bringing vital HIV prevention information to thousands of Burundian and Rwandan refugees living in the region.

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HIV/AIDS: Value for money central to achieving universal access

A global shortage of funds for the fight against HIV means universal access to prevention, treatment and care is unlikely unless HIV programmes get better value for their investments, says a new report by UNAIDS, the UN Children's Fund and the UN World Health Organization.

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SWAZILAND: A dialogue to defeat AIDS

Communities in Swaziland are coming together as never before to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has so deeply affected them.

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KENYA: Infant male circumcision for HIV prevention "promising"

Circumcising infant boys could become part of Kenya's voluntary male circumcision programme, at present restricted to over-15s, if an ongoing pilot project in the western province of Nyanza recommends it.

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HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Mitchell Warren, executive director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition

There have been unprecedented developments in HIV vaccine research recently, but the field is threatened by the global downturn in funding for HIV/AIDS.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Towards Universal Access report - WHO/UNAIDS

The Towards Universal Access report assessed HIV/AIDS progress in 144 low- and middle-income countries in 2009 for progress towards achieving the 2010 target of universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care.

To download, go to: www.who.int



2. Third Botswana International HIV Conference, 13-16 October 2010 - Gaborone, Botswana

Hosted by the Botswana HIV Clinicians Society, the theme of this year's conference is "Let's make a Change!". Topics covered will include prevention, sustainability of ARVs in Africa, resistance to ARVs and the challenge with adolescents and ARVs.

For more information, go to: www.botshiv.org.bw



VACANCIES

1. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Zimbabwe Country Programme), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - Washington DC

Responsibilities:

  • Support Zimbabwe in new business development and the design of M&E frameworks and systems as well as the development of key performance indicators and targets for new business projects
  • Provide high-level technical guidance and leadership to the country in development of national M&E systems including the development of Electronic Medical Record systems and databases for use from site to national level
  • Design high quality M&E capacity building plans and continuously capacity develop the country M&E and Operations Research staff to international standards
  • Provide high quality technical guidance on and support the design of operations research studies to be conducted in the country
  • Develop and provide international standard normative monitoring and evaluation guidelines for the country in key areas of monitoring and evaluation including data quality assessment and control and maintenance of high quality population-based baseline data
  • Provide high quality technical guidance to the country in programme data analysis, interpretation and utilization in decision-making about resource allocation, policy review/development and strategy development
  • Support the country M&E staff with the designing and maintenance of customized Glaser database system containing well-defined international, national and project specific key performance indicators
  • Support the country in the collection and storage of high quality data through routine data validation in Glaser and providing timeous feedback to the country on data quality
  • Support the country in developing strategic plans and setting targets for strategic frameworks

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise working within multi-cultural teams in developing countries, including with Ministries of Health and National Planning and Statistics Bureaus preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing electronic databases, designing data quality assessment tools and conducting data quality assessments, developing M&E plans and systems, developing results-based strategic and operational plans, producing M&E documentation including best practice papers and abstracts, policy briefings, advocacy materials, etc. in the context of public health
  • Experience managing and/or using quantitative methods for in-depth analyses of large indicator data sets using advanced statistical packages like SPSS, STATA Epi Info
  • Strong and demonstrable proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and advanced Statistical Packages
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel to Zimbabwe approximately 30 percent of the time
  • Proven ability to work effectively as member of dynamic team in fast-paced environment

Application deadline: 30 November

To apply, visit the careers page at: www.pedaids.org



2. HIV GBV Programme Officer, American Refugee Committee International (ARC) - Magwi, Sudan

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical guidance, accountability and ensure timely implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all HIV/GBV activities in Magwi
  • Provide oversight and guidance to partner NGOs or CBOs to ensure community participation component in all project activities
  • Collect and analyze relevant data and assist the Magwi Health Coordinator to collate and prepare data driven reports and programming
  • Visit the HIV/GBV programme sites on a regular basis and provide technical guidance to make improvements to programmes and services
  • Organize data collection efforts, including KAP surveys and other assessments and provide input and feedback on final research reports
  • Supervise BCC, HIV/GBV, VCT and HBC staff.
  • Identify training needs of HIV/GBV staff and develop capacity building programme to strengthen personnel base and implementation of programmes
  • In conjunction with the Area Coordinator and HIV/GBV Sector Manager, recruit and conduct interviews for available local hire programme positions
  • Coordinate and chair monthly HIV/GBV taskforce meetings with relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Maintain strong working relationships with County AIDS Commission and County Health Department throughout programme cycle and devise appropriate capacity building strategies to ensure development and sustainability of all HIV/GBV programme activities

Requirements:

  • Professional health degree required, MPH preferred
  • At least two years experience in implementation and management of HIV and GBV programmes and conducting trainings and assessments required. Knowledge of BCC strategy development and implementation a necessity
  • Excellent proposal and report writing skills
  • Solid M&E skills, including conducting assessments, KAP surveys and/or PRA
  • Good management skills with emphasis on motivating team and building capacity of team members
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Experience managing/supervising and training staff, individually or in groups
  • Excellent computer, writing and communication skills, including proven report writing skills
  • Ability to live and productively work in insecure, unstable and/or harsh environments

Application deadline: 24 October

For more information and to apply, go to: www.arcrelief.org


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