Department of Health embarks on a national study on the health of older persons

South Africa has been selected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to participate in a ground-breaking household Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), the first of its kind to be conducted in this country.


Many people are calling urgently for laws and policies to curtail or prevent HIV/AIDS stigma. This is a call for changes in structures. It is also a useless exercise, until such time as we examine the roots of stigma, and understand its very nature. Then we can build structures to support the understandings and mechanisms that alleviate stigma.

Heterosexuality: Fuelling or Fighting the HIV/AIDS Pandemic?

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African Regional Sexuality Resource Centre
A presentation made at the 2006 Understanding Human Sexuality Seminar.

This paper explores issues relating to heterosexist notions of masculinity, femininity and sexuality within the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic currently being experienced in South Africa. In reviewing relevant literature and making reference to two research projects, it argues that the interests of women, as well as intervention strategies aimed at curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS are not being served by institutionalized heterosexuality. As such, it takes the position that heterosexuality is fuelling rather than fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Cultural obstacles to abstinence and being faithful present challenges for PEPFAR HIV programmes

Certain cultural factors in resource limited settings pose significant challenges to prevention efforts and must be addressed to make it possible for people (especially youth) to adopt behaviours such as abstinence, being faithful, and correct and consistent condom use (ABC) according to several presentations at the 2006 PEPFAR Implementers Meeting held mid-June in Durban, South Africa. Some PEPFAR-funded prevention programmes are attempting to change cultural norms around polygamy, cross-generational sex, male attitudes towards women, sexual coercion and violence, taboos surrounding discussing sex, economic pressures and social expectations to have sex. Failure to confront these challenges could lead to the failure of prevention programmes, and could also have extremely negative unintended consequences including, potentially, the rape of girls known to be abstinent.

Scoping study of the supply of and demand for services to People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) specifically non-progressive neurological disabilities

Deadline for applications: 1 August 2006

St. Marys Home, Bronkhorstspruit, is currently recruiting for students (post graduate students of public health, psychology & other associated fields of study) who wish to gain valuable work experience. Students will be receive a small fee for the work and will gain a wealth of experience in conducting a mapping study.