HEARD 2018 PhD Scholarship Opportunity

HEARD is offering six PhD scholarships (full-time) which will be available to students conducting research in one of the following areas:  Health Systems Strengthening; Health Economics; Health Financing; Unsafe Abortions; Contraception; Universal Health Care Financing; Gender-based Violence.

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An additional six PDH scholarships on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights/Young Key Populations will be awarded to students undertaking research focusing on key populations in Africa. 

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Deadline for applications is extended to 23 August 2017. 


Turning Up The Volume On Children & Families Living With HIV And AIDS

An important component to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is ensuring that the voices of children and parents affected by the epidemic are heard. In the fight to end AIDS no arguments are more persuasive than those of the children and families affected by the disease. A blog by Florence Anam, of the International Community of Women Living with HIV, highlights several examples and steps to amplify young people voices in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

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African Union Press Statement on Ending child Marriages

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), dedicated its 692nd meeting held on 13 June 2017, to an Open Session on the theme: “Ending Child Marriages”.

During the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), concern was expressed over the fact that cases of child marriages and other forms of abuses to children, particularly young girls, have significantly been on the increase in a number of countries in Africa. Member states were urged to adopt the universal minimum marriage age of 18 years and the AU was requested to take the necessary steps to ensure enhanced awareness raising and civic education campaigns on ending abuse and exploitation of children, including child marriages. In the same context, Council stressed the importance of engaging traditional and religious leaders, with a view to raising their awareness of the need to urgently end harmful practices against children, particularly child marriages. In this respect, Council requested the Commission to dedicate more activities to Ending Child Marriages in Africa, with the active participation of traditional and religious leaders, as well as members of Parliament.

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Call for book chapters- Adolescence and HIV in Eastern And Southern Africa

HEARD, in partnership with UNAIDS, UNDP and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), proposed a new and engaging book 'Adolescence and HIV Prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa: Emerging Evidence and Intervention Strategies'. HEARD and partners are now seeking innovative contributions to this book project. 

This book will address current perspectives in HIV prevention with adolescent populations. The aim of the project is to bring together leading social scientists, public health experts, policy makers and the HIV affected community to translate recent momentous advances into action that will address HIV prevention gaps in adolescents in eastern and southern Africa. This project will welcome public health and social science based contributions offering new thinking, fresh approaches or evidence-based findings to enhance and accelerate HIV prevention. 

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Call for Youth Voices for #ActionAgainstPoverty on Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty

It has been widely acknowledged that poverty exposes children in poor developmental outcomes, emotional issues, higher risk of violence and higher risk of HIV infection. Family poverty significantly limits households’ capacity to protect children against the effects of HIV and AIDS. Once HIV enters the household, it pushes affected families deeper into poverty, with severe consequences for children’s wellbeing. Supporting children through their families requires making family poverty a central policy concern. Family poverty and gender inequality must be tackled to improve the outcomes for children affected by HIV and AIDS. (JLICA 2009.)

This International Nelson Mandela day we invite young people to join us on #YouthAction by posting or sending us a brief video blog, voice note, or written blog about what they are doing, or what they would like to do for Nelson Mandela International Day. The blogs can be posted on Facebook or twitter using the hashtag #YouthAction, #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty or sent it via email to Angelita on angelita.silva@repssi.org.

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Tanzania Bans Pregnant Pupils from Returning to School

President of Tanzania John Magufuli on Thursday said girls who got pregnant should stay away from school even after giving birth. He said by getting pregnant they had chosen parenting over schooling and thus they should stay home and cater for their children. Speaking at a public rally in Chalinze town, about 100km west of the capital, Dar es Salaam, the president added that men who impregnate the girls should also be given jail terms so that they can put their energies to good use while serving time. Click here to read the full news report

In a joint statement, on all Africa news, 29 women's groups said that any move to deny girls the opportunity to go back to school after giving birth would only punish them, their children - and the nation.

Taking away young girls education will have detrimental impact not only on the vulnerable girls, but on their children and the entire country. Calculations show that for each additional year of schooling, a girl in a low-income country will increase her future income by 10−20 per cent (Hanushek, EA et al., 2011). Access to education promotes health, has the potential to reduce poverty, reduces risk of violence, abuse, child marriage and HIV. Basic education empowers young girls, enables them to make better life choices and the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women establish it as a basic human right.

Congratulations to Prof Lucie Cluver for being awarded the ESRC 'Outstanding International Impact Award' 

Prof Lucie Cluver, Lecturer at Universities of Oxford and Cape Town, has been awarded the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 'Outstanding International Impact Award'. Professor Cluver's research on adolescents infected with HIV and AIDS in Africa showed that young people's risk of contracting the illness could be vastly reduced by providing poor families with social welfare payments, and also increasing the support they are given by their parents.

Programme Assistant Internship

REPSSI is inviting young, passionate and highly organized graduates to apply for a paid Programme Assistant Internship for the period July to December 2017. The internship will be hosted within REPSSI’s APSI (Africa Psychosocial Support Institute) Team and based at its Head Office in Randburg, South Africa. Closing date 12 July 2017

To apply please send the following to carmel.gaillard@repssi.org before 12 July 2017: (1) a motivational letter; (2) updated curriculum vitae listing 3 contactable references; and (3) Certified copy of national diploma/degree.

REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) is the leading African psychosocial support organisation. REPSSI’s vision is that all girls, boys and youth have the right to enjoy psychosocial and mental wellbeing. REPSSI has strong partnerships with governments (particularly the ministries responsible for social services, education and health), development partners, international organisations and NGOs in thirteen countries of East and Southern Africa.

FOCUS OF INTERNSHIP: § Administrative support to the Senior Technical Specialist: APSI. § Project planning and reporting. § Project document preparation, including contracts and PowerPoint presentations for Course, Development, Delivery & Accreditation and Research. § Electronic Project file/knowledge management for manual development and facilitator endorsement processes. § Learner database management. § Programme workshops and meetings coordination.

WORK STATION/WORKING HOURS: § The intern will work a standard 40-hour week and may be required to work extra hours at busy times. § The intern will be based at the Head Office in Randburg, South Africa, with approximately 20% travel nationally and within the East & Southern Africa region.

REMUNERATION: § R5 000 monthly allowance. REQUIRED EDUCATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: § A national diploma/degree in Project Management/Education/Social Sciences. § Proficiency in Microsoft Office. § Excellent ability to read, write and speak English. § No experience required.

APPLICATION PROCESS To apply please send the following to carmel.gaillard@repssi.org before 12 July 2017: (1) a motivational letter; (2) updated curriculum vitae listing 3 contactable references; and (3) Certified copy of national diploma/degree.

Consultancy Opportunity for Country Experts to Develop a Child Rights Barometer for Southern Africa

World Vision and CRNSA are preparing a Child Rights barometer to assess the current state
of children’s rights in Southern Africa. There is need for in-country experts for data collection, validation and reporting on the findings. Volunteers are also welcome.

Key responsibilities

  • Data collection and validation. Data collection will primarily be a desk study.
  • Data analysis and reporting of final findings
  • Contribute to the overall narrative
  • Contribute to the country report

Applications including 2 page CV and cover letter, must be submitted to musa.chibwana@crnsa.net and pamela.ngwira@gmail.com by the 30th of June 2017.

For more information click here.