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HIV/AIDS: IRIN/PlusNews weekly news and analysis round-up Issue 513 for 26 November 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV
HIV/AIDS: AIDS epidemic changing course
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV prevalence among farm workers hits 40 percent
ZAMBIA: Ephraim Banda, “The third-line drugs we don’t have”
UGANDA: Ssenga Bernadette Nabatanzi, "We used to put premature babies in underground holes"
HAITI: HIV-positive people especially vulnerable to cholera
SOUTH AFRICA: MSM left out of media, prevention programmes

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010
2. 5th SA AIDS Conference, 7 – 10 June 2011, Durban, South Africa

VACANCIES:

1. HIV Project Manager, Handicap International - Hergeisa Town, Somalia
2. Deputy Chief of Party, HIV Prevention, Pact - Nepal



HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV

Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact.

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HIV/AIDS: AIDS epidemic changing course

A new UNAIDS report claims the world has finally “turned the corner” on the AIDS epidemic, citing a downward trend in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths over the past decade and stabilization of the number of people living with HIV globally.

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SOUTH AFRICA: HIV prevalence among farm workers hits 40 percent

The HIV prevalence rate among farm workers in South Africa is about 40 percent, the highest ever recorded in southern Africa, according to a new study.

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ZAMBIA: Ephraim Banda, “The third-line drugs we don’t have”

Before Zambia’s public health sector started providing free antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to people living with HIV, Ephraim Banda bought his own medication. But his supply was often interrupted and the available drugs changed frequently and he is now one of a growing number of HIV-positive Zambians who have developed resistance to both first- and second-line ARV drug regimens.

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UGANDA: Ssenga Bernadette Nabatanzi, "We used to put premature babies in underground holes"

Ssenga Bernadette Nabatanzi, 70, has been a herbalist and traditional birth attendant for over 30 years, a skill passed down by her grandmother. Nabatanzi still practises her craft, but today she is also a trainer with Uganda's Traditional and modern Health practitioners Together against AIDS and other diseases (THETA), teaching other traditional healers about HIV/AIDS.

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HAITI: HIV-positive people especially vulnerable to cholera

As the death toll from the cholera epidemic sweeping through Haiti surpasses 1,000, with more than 19,000 confirmed cases, health officials say people living with HIV are especially vulnerable.

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SOUTH AFRICA: MSM left out of media, prevention programmes

Men who have sex with men (MSM) do not make headlines in South African media and HIV experts have warned that a lack of accurate coverage prevents targeted HIV prevention and care for these men.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010

The 2010 edition of the UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic includes new country by country scorecards on key issues facing the AIDS response. Based on the latest data from 182 countries, this global reference book provides comprehensive analysis on the AIDS epidemic and response.

To download the report, go to: www.unaids.org



2. 5th SA AIDS Conference, 7 – 10 June 2011, Durban, South Africa

The conference programme is science-based with a strong social science and community focus. The usual emphasis on human rights and ethics, which has been a dominant recurring characteristic of the SA AIDS Conference series, will once again create a platform for robust debate on patients’ rights to access treatment and care.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 28 January 2011.

To read the guidelines, go to: www.dirasengwe.org



VACANCIES:

1. HIV Project Manager, Handicap International - Hergeisa Town, Somalia

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic implementation of the HIV & AIDS project in Somaliland and Puntland including building the capacity of the local Project Officers
  • Travel to Puntland as the security situation permits to supervise and monitor all staff, partners and activities there
  • Continuously assess needs and identify gaps in services, and translate these into new programme initiatives
  • Formulate and disseminate project strategy
  • Organise and supervise trainings for the targeted beneficiaries
  • Prepare and execute partnerships with the local partners’ and serve as the primary link between the project and counterparts
  • Represent Handicap International at country level HIV and AIDS coordination and working group meetings in Hargeisa and Garowe
  • Prepare and submit quarterly financial and narrative reports to UNICEF/Global fund
  • Initiate documentation and capitalisation of the best practices and experiences of the project throughout the project implementation period
  • Be an active part of the senior management team for the Somali programme

Requirements:

  • Degree in Public Health or Social Sciences or equivalent and a minimum of three years post-qualification experience in the HIV and AIDS field
  • Significant experience in project management with at least two years of administrative or managerial responsibilities
  • Proven experience in capacity building and transfer of competencies
  • Proven ability to manage team at field level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to live and work in conditions of limited comfort and leisure activities
  • Knowledge of the Horn of Africa/Somalia or Somaliland is an added advantage
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Application deadline: 21 December

To apply, email resume and covering letter with the reference SHIVPM to: or go to www.handicap-international.fr



2. Deputy Chief of Party, HIV Prevention, Pact - Nepal

Responsibilities:

  • Rapid roll-out and supervision of field office activities including working with the Chief of Party to manage field staff, subcontractors and consultants
  • Oversight of financial management and procurement
  • Supervision of programme monitoring, evaluating, and reporting
  • Oversight of design and implementation of capacity-building activities with civil society organizations and other stakeholders
  • Oversight of management, delivery and monitoring of sub-grants
  • Serve as Pact liaison to USAID and partners in the field, including Village Development Committees (VDCs), government officials and community leaders
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, monitoring, and implementation
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Perform all work safely and maintain a safe working environment

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • Seven to 10 years of progressive experience in activities related to HIV prevention
  • Demonstrated experience in project implementation and senior management
  • Strong English language skills; preference for candidates with Nepali or other South Asian language skills
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation best practices preferred
  • Previous exposure to a diversity of health, HIV, at-risk populations, prevention activities and community programmes
  • Sub-grant management experience
  • Experience working on HIV prevention activities in Nepal and South Asia

Application deadline: 31 December

To apply, go to www.pactworld.org and complete an online application


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