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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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HIV/AIDS in the classroom

Posted by Rouvanne van den Berg on May 17, 2007

The Shuttleworth FoundationThe Minister of Education recently launched the Higher Education HIV & AIDS (HEAIDS) programme. The challenge faced by the higher education sector with regard to HIV/AIDS is succinctly captured in the following statement from the Association of African Universities: ‘To a greater degree than ever before, African universities must renew their commitment to help Africa find effective solutions to its perennial problems of hunger, poverty and disease. In particular, the HIV/AIDS crisis poses a serious threat to African societies within which universities are situated. We need to recognise that the solution to this problem might well lie in Africa. African universities must, in any event, be in the forefront of research, education and action in this matter.’

As a nationally coordinated effort in the fight against HIV/AIDS, HEAIDS seeks to strengthen the capacity, systems and structures of all higher education institutions in managing and mitigating the causes, challenges and consequences of HIV/AIDS in the sector and to strengthen the leadership role that can and should be played by the higher education sector.

According to the minister, one of the first activities of the HEAIDS programme will be a national survey involving a sample of 25 000 staff and students, to establish HIV prevalence on the campuses and to understand the beliefs and behaviour of students as they relate to HIV/AIDS.

A second area of activity that will take shape soon is the focus on equipping student teachers to deal more effectively with the challenges they will face as they enter the classroom. More detailed content on HIV and AIDS in the teaching curriculum will be developed and more time will be spent on developing the skills that teachers need to respond to learners living with the virus or affected by its impact on their families.

The Shuttleworth Foundation Newsletter – May 2007

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Positive kids projects @ Groote Schuur

Posted by Rouvanne van den Berg on May 16, 2007

This morning I found this video of a project that is happening at Groote Schuur Hospital called the Kids + Positive Project, and wanted to get it onto the HIVe.

After quite abit of struggle, Rowan from MyVideo came to the rescue, and managed to get the vid into this post, and looking a little more funky than it was before! For your ease of viewing!



And hopefully for you to see that projects are running all over the country – projects that make a difference – no matter how small.

Perhaps we should all be looking for a local project to support, one that brings you into contact with the local community initiatives that make a difference on the ground. People are always quick to send away fund-raisers and charity telemarketers, but these organisations need our help – so go out there and find one that you’d like to support.

It’s the right thing to do.

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