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HIV/AIDS: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 508, 22 October 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 22 October 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

SOUTH AFRICA: Research shows World Cup did not fuel sex work or HIV
HIV/AIDS: Concurrency debate heats up
HIV/AIDS: Tracing the multiple concurrent partner debate
AFRICA: Study highlights need for better post-rape care in conflict
SOUTH AFRICA: Business to boost funding, monitoring of national VCT campaign
KENYA: Sex workers care for HIV-affected peers
KENYA: Male clinics boost men's participation in PMTCT

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. HIV-Related Knowledge and Self-Reported Sexual Behaviour of Secondary School Students in Southern Malawi, University of Malawi
2. HIV Care & Support: A Roadmap to Universal Access by 2010, 9-10 November 2010 – London, UK

VACANCIES

1. Social Worker, Wits Institute - Johannesburg, South Africa
2. HIV GBV Programme Officer, American Refugee Committee International (ARC) – Nimule, Sudan



SOUTH AFRICA: Research shows World Cup did not fuel sex work or HIV

The South African sex work industry has released a new report that has shown the country's recent soccer World Cup did not fuel a rise in sex work - and that thousands of dollars may have been wasted on ill-tailored HIV prevention campaigns.

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HIV/AIDS: Concurrency debate heats up

An academic dispute about whether concurrent sexual partnerships are really a major factor behind high rates of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa could affect the future of prevention programmes.

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HIV/AIDS: Tracing the multiple concurrent partner debate

As the debate heats up about whether or not multiple concurrent partnerships (MCPs) are major drivers of Africa’s HIV epidemics, IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at the evolution of the theory behind MCPs.

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AFRICA: Study highlights need for better post-rape care in conflict

Recent research into the effect of mass rape on HIV in conflict situations has highlighted the need for better post-rape care services for affected women and girls.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Business to boost funding, monitoring of national VCT campaign

South African business leaders have banded together to introduce new ways to finance and monitor the world’s most ambitious national HIV testing campaign.

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KENYA: Sex workers care for HIV-affected peers

Shunned by mainstream society, sex workers with HIV-related illnesses in Nairobi are unlikely to receive help from concerned neighbours. Instead, some of them are being cared for by fellow sex workers.

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KENYA: Male clinics boost men's participation in PMTCT

An initiative that encourages men to visit exclusively male clinics is gaining popularity in western Kenya and increasing male participation in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programmes.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. HIV-Related Knowledge and Self-Reported Sexual Behaviour of Secondary School Students in Southern Malawi, University of Malawi

The general aim of this study is to assess levels of HIV-related knowledge and risk behaviour among secondary school students in southern Malawi. A survey of 1,400 students revealed that while students had basic knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention, misconceptions about the virus remained. The authors advocate for the strengthening of HIV education and service provision among high school students.

To download the study, go to www.eldis.org



2. HIV Care & Support: A Roadmap to Universal Access by 2010, 9-10 November 2010 – London, UK

The goal of this conference is to highlight why HIV care and support and caregivers are critical to achieving Universal Access and key goals in broader health and development agendas and to make concrete recommendations for the scale up of care and support to 2015, with a particular focus on Africa.

For more information, go to: www.aidsconsortium.org.uk



VACANCIES

1. Social Worker, Wits Institute - Johannesburg, South Africa

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the provision of a wide range of counselling services to clients, especially those related to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, including adherence counselling and support groups
  • Develop communications materials in collaboration with project staff
  • Debrief personnel regularly
  • Support the development of effective clinical systems to support ARV roll-out and HIV management
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with the national department of health
  • Strengthen information collection through the implementation of data management techniques
  • Provide training to various types of healthcare workers in counselling and social aspects of HIV care

Requirements:

  • Degree in social work
  • At least five years of counselling experience, with at least two years experience in administration
  • Demonstrated understanding of HIV and ARVs
  • Ability to speak at least three South African languages fluently
  • Computer literacy in MS Word, email, internet and fax
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Driver's licence advantageous

Application deadline: 29 October

Please send your CV and letter of application to Carmen Slinger -



2. HIV Gender-based Violence (GBV) Programme Officer, American Refugee Committee International (ARC) - Nimule, Sudan

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical guidance to ensure the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of all HIV/GBV activities
  • Oversee and guide partnering NGOs and community-based organizations to guarantee project’s community participation component
  • Collect and analyze relevant data, and assist in the preparation of data-driven reports
  • Ensure quality services are in place at the field level through collaboration with local NGO partners, clinic staff, and county AIDS commission and health department
  • Participate in the development of curriculum for training materials and components and identify staff training needs
  • Account for field-level programme expenditures, developing monthly budget forecasts and reconciling budgeted
  • Represent ARC at coordination meetings and other official forums

Requirements:

  • Professional health degree required, masters in Public Health preferred
  • At least two years experience in implementation and management of HIV and GBV
  • Solid M&E skills
  • Experience managing, supervising and training staff, individually or in groups
  • Excellent computer, writing and communication skills, including proven report writing skills
  • Experience with basic budget management procedures
  • Experience planning/collaborating with government officials, other health profession staff and organizations

Application deadline: 24 October

For full job description and the online application form, go to: www.arcrelief.org and click on Careers.


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

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