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HIV/AIDS: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 507, 15 October 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 15 October 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

KENYA: HIV prevention for married adolescents
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap
HEALTH: New global plan aims to wipe out TB
AFRICA/US: Standing up for HIV-positive immigrants
SUDAN: Stigma continues to hold back Darfur's HIV fight
MOZAMBIQUE: HIV patients team up to make treatment cheaper

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Designing and Managing HIV and AIDS Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, 18 – 27 October - Monrovia, Liberia
2. Communications Handbook for Clinical Trials, Global Campaign for Microbicides

VACANCIES

1. Training and Development Manager, Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication – Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Portfolio Manager HIV/AIDS, UNITAID International drug purchase facility, World Health Organization (WHO) - Geneva Switzerland



KENYA: HIV prevention for married adolescents

Doris Chebet has never had a say in her life; married off at 14, she has always taken orders, first from her own family, and now from her husband's.

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HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap

With its coffers running at least US$1 billion short, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap.

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HEALTH: New global plan aims to wipe out TB

A new roadmap for curbing the global epidemic of tuberculosis aims to save five million lives between 2011 and 2015 and eliminate TB as a public health problem by 2050 but comes with a price tag of US$47 billion, nearly half of which must still be found.

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AFRICA/US: Standing up for HIV-positive immigrants

A new campaign aims to beat stigma and discrimination against HIV-positive Africans in New York by urging the wider population to show solidarity with them.

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SUDAN: Stigma continues to hold back Darfur's HIV fight

There are nine voluntary counselling and testing centres in the Sudanese state of South Darfur, but rather than risk being recognized at one of them, many people travel to a different state to seek HIV testing or treatment.

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MOZAMBIQUE: HIV patients team up to make treatment cheaper

For HIV patients in Africa, monthly trips to refill antiretroviral (ARV) prescriptions cost time and money that may be in short supply. But a new strategy being pioneered in Mozambique is easing the burden of monthly refills for patients and the health system.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. Designing and Managing HIV and AIDS Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, 18 – 27 October - Monrovia, Liberia

Hosted by Regional Capacity Building Partners, the course is designed to provide programme managers with a basic understanding of areas such as community-based information systems, human resource management and reporting.

For more information, go to www.recabip.com



2. Communications Handbook for Clinical Trials, Global Campaign for Microbicides

A how-to guide penned by members of the Microbicides Media and Communications Initiative, this handbook aims to strengthen communication skills among public health professionals, especially those involved in research.

To download the guide, go to www.mmci-communications.org



VACANCIES

1. Training and Development Manager, Soul City: Institute for Health & Development Communication – Johannesburg, South Africa

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the writing, development, design, and publishing of print materials for Soul City Institute in South Africa and within the southern African region to support all the campaigns and projects
  • In consultation with the social mobilisation executive, develop a training strategy to support Soul City Institute’s objectives, campaigns and interventions
  • Manage the development, implementation and review of social mobilisation, social change, research, advocacy and edutainment training
  • Identify training opportunities and develop training programmes
  • Participate in various educational forums and committees to further skills development in the health and development sector
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders

Requirements:

  • Post-graduate degree or an equivalent qualification in communications, education, health, public health, social science or social work
  • At least five years experience in the health, including HIV/AIDS, or development sectors
  • At least three years experience in financial management of budgets more than R1 million (US$150,000) annually, developing training materials and in management
  • Extensive experience in writing donor reports and proposals
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate in an additional South African language would be an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel
  • Valid South African driver’s license and own transport are essential

Application deadline: 22 October

For more information, go to: www.ngopulse.org



2. Portfolio Manager HIV/AIDS, UNITAID International drug purchase facility, World Health Organization (WHO) - Geneva Switzerland

Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities for new projects and steer the project development process in coordination with partners
  • Within approved policies and procedures, negotiate specific terms and conditions of agreements in collaboration with others such as UNITAID legal, supply and financial managers
  • Monitor existing project and establish assessment mechanisms to produce verifiable quantitative and qualitative results
  • Coordinate the review of partner reporting and report on the on progress to partners, and UNITAID management and board members among others
  • Proactively promote an exchange of information among a wide range of partners to ensure the development of cross sector or agency linkages
  • Proactively participate in the development of UNITAID's strategic plan and workplans, including formulations of budgets and financial requirements
  • Coach and supervise the technical officer
  • Represent UNITAID in technical meetings and committees
  • Performs other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in project management, public health, health management, public administration or relevant field; an additional degree in social sciences is desirable
  • At least 10 years' of progressive experience in project and partnership management at the international level, with substantial experience in international public health
  • Good understanding and experience with monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Demonstrated negotiating and diplomatic skills, strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven track record in the development and implementation of strategies and policies
  • Experience in the UN system or other international financing and public health institution including NGOs is desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French desirable

Application deadline: 20 October

For more information and to apply, visit: https://erecruit.who.int/


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

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