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June 17, 2015

Basic Function of Position:

The HIV/AIDS Development Specialist serves as a key advisor on health issues, especially treatment provision, policies and other issues. The incumbent is expected to play a major leadership role within the health team and will have responsibility for guiding and expanding significant elements of the Mission’s Health Portfolio. The incumbent will have leadership and management responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of treatment activities supported by the Mission. This will entail monitoring and evaluating treatment activities, oversight of significant portions of the $100 million treatment portfolio, advising Mission leadership of shifts in program operations and other recommended actions, representing the USG at public events, and assisting in planning joint programming with the Department of Health, CDC and international cooperating agencies.

CHALLENGE

Helping young South Africans achieve their potential demands a greater investment in literacy skills of primary grade learners in a rural areas.  This challenge is being addressed through enhancing teachers’ skills and recruiting and training community members to serve as literacy volunteers.

The May‟khethele program was launched in October 2007 in the uMgungundlovu district of KwaZulu-Natal and aims to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through the provision of a comprehensive range of services. The programme operates at two levels. It provides school-based HIV education and HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT); and personalised, household level attention for OVCs who are identified and enrolled in the programme. The programme uses a consortium approach.

An evaluation of the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) project was conducted in South Africa between September 7th and October 26th to document the degree to which the USAID-funded palliative care interventions were successful, identify best practices, suggest improvements, and provide recommendations for follow-on interventions.

This evaluation of the Networks of Hope Program was conducted by Rural Outreach and Development Services (ROADS). ROADS was contracted by Pact on behalf of USAID to evaluate the World Vision’s Network of Hope (NOH) Program for addressing the needs of OVC in six Area Develop Projects (ADP) with the goal of improving their quality of life and resilience in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

CHALLENGE

Gender-based violence and sexual assault in South Africa is a widespread dilemma that leaves many women, children and other vulnerable people traumatized and helpless. In response, Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) work with survivors and providers alike to tackle this epidemic.

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Last updated: June 17, 2015

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