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HIV/AIDS: IRIN/PlusNews weekly news and analysis round-up Issue 517 for 24 December 2010

NAIROBI, 24 December 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender halves drug prices
HIV/AIDS: Disability, HIV find common ground
UGANDA: Strong turnout as male circumcision kicks off in the north
ETHIOPIA: Five-year plan to halve new HIV infections

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 27 Feb 2011-02 March 2011 - Boston, US
2. A Year in Review - UNAIDS

VACANCIES

1. Senior Technical Advisor: HIV Prevention, Management Sciences for Health - Pretoria, South Africa



SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender halves drug prices

South Africa’s newly announced tender for antiretrovirals (ARVs) has halved the price the government will pay for the life-saving drugs; however, fixed dose combinations, which would decrease the pill burden, are still largely absent from the deal.

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HIV/AIDS: Disability, HIV find common ground

People living with disabilities are known to be just as, if not more, at risk of contracting HIV as non-disabled people, but there is little specific data or programming that reflects this reality on a global scale.

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UGANDA: Strong turnout as male circumcision kicks off in the north

After years of hearing about the protective effects of medical male circumcision against HIV, many men in northern Uganda are taking advantage of a government move to provide the procedure free of charge.

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ETHIOPIA: Five-year plan to halve new HIV infections

Ethiopia's government has come up with an ambitious plan to halve new HIV infections, quadruple its annual condom distribution and put 85 percent of people who need life-prolonging HIV medication on treatment within five years.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 27 Feb 2011-02 March 2011 - Boston, US

The 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is a scientifically focused meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications. The goal of CROI is to provide a forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic.

For more information, visit: www.retroconference.org



2. A Year in Review - UNAIDS

UNAIDS reviews developments, trends and discoveries in the world of HIV in 2010. Notable evets inlude the first clinical evidence of the effectiveness of a microbicide and the first evidence of the effectiveness of HIV treatmet as prevention.

To download the review, visit: http://unaidstoday.org



VACANCIES

1. Senior Technical Advisor: HIV Prevention, Management Sciences for Health - Pretoria, South Africa

Responsibilities:

  • Assist partners in building technical skills in HIV prevention and build their capacity and ability to deliver better quality, efficient and effective services
  • Develop the capacity of organizations to evaluate prevention strategies and create strategic plans to implement evidence-based practices with a particular emphasis at the community level
  • Coordinate with donors, governments, international agencies and CSOs at conferences and workshops to develop evidence-based HIV prevention strategies. Facilitate workshops, forums, conferences as well as e-learning modules as appropriate
  • Liaise with universities and other research foundations in the region to promote emerging strategies for HIV prevention
  • Facilitate the development of national policies that promote the delivery of community-based prevention activities throughout the region


Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Medicine or related field, or a Bachelors Degree with at least five years' experience working with HIV-related issues in the field

  • A dynamic and motivated individual with significant knowledge and understanding HIV/AIDS in the Southern Africa region

  • Demonstrated interest in HIV/AIDS prevention issues and related subject area (demonstrated by published articles, presentations, development of materials or training courses relevant to the geographic area and issues)

  • Demonstrated experience in community-based programme implementation

  • Demonstrated understanding of the epidemiological risk patterns of HIV and the underlying socio-cultural and behavioral profiles and existing HIV prevention interventions

  • Knowledge of gender-related issues

  • Excellent communications and public relations skills

  • Fluency in English required


To apply, visit the Employment Opportunities section at: www.msh.org


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