South America

Life saving cancer vaccine will be difficult to implement

While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.

South Africa will become the first African country to pay for cervical cancer vaccines – one of the most expensive immunisations in the world – for schoolgirls in February next year. But experts warn that the health department will face daunting challenges, much bigger than the exorbitant cost of the vaccine.

Cervical cancer, which is caused by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV), kills more South African women than any other cancer, according to the Medical Research Council. Every year about 6000 women, many of whom are HIV positive, are diagnosed with HPV, and at least half die. 

Against Her Will: Forced Coerced Sterilization of Women Worldwide

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Women worldwide have been forced or coerced by medical personnel to submit to permanent and irreversible sterilization procedures. Despite condemnation from the United Nations, cases of forced and coerced sterilization have been reported in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Women who are poor or stigmatized are most likely to be deemed “unworthy” of reproduction. Perpetrators are seldomly held accountable and victims rarely obtain justice for this violent abuse of their rights.

Co-ordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance

Are you committed to equity in health and health care? Do you believe in the importance of translating research into action for greater equity? Would you like to work with skilled and committed individuals in developing countries around the world? Are you willing to travel?

SA guidelines go international

Guidelines developed in South Africa for companies and other organisations to report on their HIV/AIDS policies and practices are set to become the international standard for such reporting. The guidelines have already e been tested by 16 South African organisations and will soon be made available in other regions affected by AIDS, such as India, China, South America and the rest of Africa. They were developed by the local office of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an Amsterdam- based non-governmental organisation that seeks to encourage companies and other organisations to elevate their reporting on sustainability issues to the same level as their financial reporting, The World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation, as well as several multinationals, other companies, trade unions, advocacy groups, accounting bodies, investor organisations and others, contributed to their development. The King Report on corporate governance last year suggested that every organisation should provide targets for a strategy and policies to address and manage the impact of HIV/AIDS. It also recommended that organisations should monitor the performance of their policies and report to stakeholders regularly. The Johannesburg Securities Exchange is also promoting a more formalised approach to HIV/AIDS reporting. It said last year it was investigating a requirement that all companies on the exchange should report on HIV AIDS. The widespread acceptance and use of the guidelines will elevate the credibility of HIV/AIDS reporting, since they provide a reputable reporting benchmark to measure or compare the HIV/AIDS performance of various organisations. However, many organisations are not aware of the existence of policies and programmes that will assist a response, or of the effectiveness of various interventions. The guidelines will help organisations to identify best practices on HIV/AIDS, so strengthening management decisions. They can be used to report on HIV/AIDS in the context of a document such as an annual report, a health, safety and environment report or a sustainability report. (Source: Sowetan, 27 October 2003) LINK //\// Contact GRI on 011-643-3179. website: http://www.global-reporting.org

Assistant Co-ordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance

This is an exciting opportunity for a committed, enthusiastic, and hard working public health professional to develop international experience through working with world-renowned researchers, advocates and policy-makers. This job gives you the opportunity to travel, to be exposed to cutting-edge public health work, and to develop marketable skills. It also provides a stepping-stone to an international career for the right person.The Global Equity Gauge Alliance (GEGA) focuses on fairness in health and access to health care. GEGA’s 12 country-based Equity Gauge projects, located in South America, Africa, and Asia, monitor inequalities and injustices in the distribution of health and health care resources, and aim to ensure that countries and communities can use this information to make a difference to those with the poorest health and the greatest need. More information on GEGA can be found at www.gega.org.za. We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person who can assist the GEGA Coordinator in supporting and promoting the work of the Gauges and the GEGA Secretariat. Responsibilities * Supporting capacity development initiatives, including development of curricula * Tracking and documenting the activities of the Equity Gauges * Responding to information requests * Preparing and editing reports and documents * Identifying new partners and networking with other groups * Planning international meetings * Updating materials for the webpage and preparing the monthly newsletter Requirements * Appropriate university degree or equivalent with a background in public health or public policy * Good understanding of health equity issues, health systems issues, and public health * A high level of professionalism * Strong writing and communication skills as well as organisational skills * Research skills, including strong internet research skills * Ability to work independently as well as part of a team * A commitment to health equity, community empowerment, and improvement of health systems Remuneration. A salary package commensurate with experience and qualifications and in line with HST’s Job grading.This is a one-year contract position, and will be extended depending on the incumbent’s performance and GEGA’s need for the position. The post will be based in Durban, and the incumbent should be prepared to travel internationally. Applications/ Enquiries A letter of motivation together with a detailed CV with names and contact details of at least two references should be sent to Dawn McDonald, Durban Head Office, PO Box 808, Durban- 4000. Fax: 031-3040775 e-mail: dawn@hst.org.za. Closing date for applications: 12 March 2003. THE HEALTH SYSTEMS TRUST SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

Asst. Co-ordinator required for the Global Equity Gauge Alliance

Global Equity Gauge Alliance: Assistant Co-ordinator The Global Equity Gauge Alliance (GEGA) focuses on fairness in health and access to health care. GEGA’s 12 country-based Equity Gauge projects, located in South America, Africa, and Asia, monitor inequalities and injustices in the distribution of health and health care resources, and aim to ensure that countries and communities can use this information to make a difference to those with the poorest health and the greatest need. We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person who can assist the GEGA Coordinator in supporting and promoting the work of the Gauges and the GEGA Secretariat. Responsibilities: - Supporting capacity development initiatives, including curriculum development - Tracking the activities of the Gauges - Responding to information requests from the Gauges - Preparing and editing reports and documents - Identifying new partners and networking with other groups - Planning for the GEGA Organisational Meeting - Updating materials for the webpage - Preparing the monthly newsletter Requirements: - Appropriate university degree or equivalent with a background in public health or public policy - Good understanding of health equity issues, health systems issues, and public health - Strong writing and communication skills - Research skills, including internet research - A commitment to health equity, community empowerment, and Improvement of health systems - Ability to work independently as well as part of a team Remuneration: A salary package commensurate with experience and qualifications and in line with HST’s Job grading. This is a one-year contract position, and will be extended depending on the incumbent’s performance and GEGA’s need for the position. The post will be based in Durban, and the incumbent should be prepared to travel internationally. Applications/ Enquiries: A letter of motivation together with a detailed CV with names and contact details of at least two references should be sent to Dawn McDonald, Durban Head Office, PO Box 808, Durban- 4000. Fax: 031-3040775 e-mail: dawn@hst.org.za. Closing date for applications: 18 October 2002 THE HEALTH SYSTEMS TRUST SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

African HIV/AIDS response scaled up, but more needs to be done

African countries have scaled up their HIV/AIDS response, but more needs to be done, according to UN Under Secretary-General and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, KY Amoako. Amoako said that the key to tackling most of the continent's health problems was to strengthen economies. He was optimistic that the Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS in April 2001 would be implemented. He also discussed the impact of the Global Fund in Africa and the role of women in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. With respect to the Abuja Declaration and the consensus reached at ADF 2000 on HIV/AIDS, efforts are underway to translate these commitments into reality. We at the ECA have established a health unit in the Economic and Social Policy Division to enable us provide assistance to member states in their efforts to follow through on these commitments. ECA and OAU, with assistance from UNAIDS and WHO are preparing an annual report on HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria which will report and serve as a monitor of the implementation of the commitments made. It is hoped that this report will be presented to African heads of state during their summit meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, later this year. (The full text of this interview raises a number of interesting topical issues on the HIV/AIDS debate - please read the full text online, or contact editor@hst.org.za if you do not have web access)

Job Vacancy: GEGA Co-ordinator

The Global Equity Gauge Alliance (GEGA) is dedicated to the promotion of equity in health and health care through effective advocacy and community action, based upon reliable monitoring information. There are currently 11 Equity Gauges in countries in Africa, Asia and South America and GEGA is committed to providing support and technical assistance to these Gauges as well as becoming an international force for promoting equity in health. GEGA is temporarily housed in the Health Systems Trust, a South African NGO based in Durban. GEGA wishes to appoint a co-ordinator for a period of two years. The main tasks of the co-ordinator will include supporting individual Gauges, and helping to develop the further institutional establishment of GEGA. This is an exciting and challenging job for any person with an interest in international health and the promotion of equity. It will include the opportunity to travel and work closely with projects on the ground as well as with major international agencies in the field of health and development. The two-year consultancy post will be based in South Africa, preferably in Durban. The consultancy fee will reflect local practice and be commensurate with the skills and experience of the person appointed. More information about GEGA and the co-ordinator's post can be found on www.hst.org.za/hlink/equity Please send your C.V., together with a letter of motivation highlighting why you feel you would be suitable for this post, and the names of three referees to : Dawn McDonald: Fax 031 304 0775 email: dawn@hst.org.za Closing date is December 14th. Interviews will be held during the third week of January 2002.