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The Informer – be informed!

Posted by Rouvanne van den Berg on May 29, 2007

The InformerA few weeks ago I was introduced to The Informer, a newspaper format practical guide to HIV and AIDS, produced by Emphasis Media, after I had received a few complimentary copies by mail. We had just been in hectic planning stages to put together a concert series that will hopefully generate more awareness around HIV/AIDS.

We immediately subscribed to the paper, getting into contact with Lauren Rapson (, and it seems that we are probably going to strike up some kind of arrangement where they will in future add some interesting material to this blog.

It is an amazing publication – especially when I am at a stage where I am searching for information to educate myself better, and want to know what other people and organizations are doing to highlight and fight HIV/AIDS. It’s the kind of publication that all business’s should subscribe to (R81,60 for 12 issues… ja, peanuts); to have on waiting-room magazine tables; in staff canteens and smoking rooms; in doctors practices; in factories and coffee-shops.

It has such a wide variety of articles and news items, and even though I have only seen one edition so far, I am sure that this is one of the most relevant publications around.

Some of the headlines from Volume 5 include: Musicians make magic: Child-headed households to get support through money raised; HIV/AIDS & Human Rights; Let’s talk about… Female Condoms; Legal Issues on HIV/AIDS – Informed and health-wise: What you need to know about a medical aid scheme; Ask the Doc, and several other areas where you can write in and ask all those questions you’re normally too embarrassed to ask.

Awesome stuff. And well done to Emphasis Media for putting this much needed information together.


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Orphans today, leaders tomorrow?

Posted by Rouvanne van den Berg on May 28, 2007


HIV/AIDS is going to have huge economic repercussions in South Africa, and the rest of the continent, not only in battling the disease, but also looking after those that are infected. But what about those that are left behind; the orphans and other vulnerable children, of which there are some 1 200 000 (2005) in South Africa, whose lives have been torn apart.

These children have to carry on some way or another, and while we will hear of some success stories, others will surely break your heart. So I started looking at what is being done about taking care of these children, and which organizations are involved?

A Sister & TwinsSince my wife, Lenny, moved to South Africa in 1995, her grandmother in the Netherlands would knit children’s clothing, pack it all up into a box and mail it off to us to donate to the Nazareth House, in Vredehoek. Nazareth House gives orphans some light in their lives, as most of the children that end up there haven’t that long to go, or have been abandoned. It’s received major coverage, especially when the late Lady Di high-lighted the homes cause, and having been there so many times, I can say that the Sisters there do a special job!

NoahI read recently about Noah (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), an organization that set up a model that focuses on empowering communities to create sustainable networks of care for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

They set up Arks, where, through community representation and volunteers, they are able to use the volunteers as the eye’s and ears of government and Noah, and actually make a difference on ground-level where it’s really needed. It sounds like a good model, with a hands-on approach, as opposed to endless meetings to discuss what the next meeting will be about…

“The future of South Africa depends on what kind of citizens our orphans of AIDS grow up to be. Today they live in our world. Tomorrow we will live in theirs” Noah

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