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HIV/AIDS Support Officer

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Canadian Society for International Health
Acronyme : CSIH
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : The Canadian Society for International Health, a national voluntary organization, facilitates and supports health and development activities around the world through the mobilization of Canadian and other resources. CSIH advocates for health policy and programming which contributes to global objectives of health for all, equity, and social justice and builds partnerships with Canadian and other institutions and organizations.
Adresse : One Nicholas Street, Suite 1105
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1N 7B7
FAX: (613) 241-3845
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Personne ressource : Ron Elliott
Courriel : yppp@csih.org
Pays : Lesotho
Ville : Leribe
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : OHAfrica provides a small team of Canadian healthcare professionals to Lesotho, which is working in direct partnership with local healthcare professionals to establish and build an effective and locally sustainable HIV/AIDS treatment program within the public healthcare system. OHAfrica team members are providing training support on HIV/AIDS care, and working with community-based primary health care centres and clinics to support the integration of HIV/AIDS testing and treatment into the local health care system.

OHAfrica collaborates with the Lesotho Government, local and national health care decision makers, and international organizations and partners such as the World Health Organization, the UN Theme Group for HIV/AIDS, UNDP Lesotho, and the Clinton Foundation, to help develop a sustainable plan for providing HIV/AIDS care in Lesotho. The OHAfrica project is based at the T epong Clinic, which was the first public ARV treatment centre opened in Lesotho serving over 5,500 registered HIV positive patients, and providing ARV drug treatment to over 1,550 patients.

In Canada
The intern will spend two weeks in Canada at The Change Foundation, Ontario Hospital Association in Toronto prior to leaving for Lesotho. They will receive briefings on the project and guidance on their responsibilities overseas. On their return to Canada, they will spend another two weeks at TCF sharing their experience of the project work on the ground and raising awareness of the project and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is being addressed in Africa among members of the Ontario Hospital Association, which serves 159 public hospitals in Canada.

Overseas
The intern will document and share information with key stakeholders and partners on OHAfrica's experience in working with the Lesotho Government to establishing an appropriate and sustainable HIV/AIDS healthcare strategy and antiretroviral treatment program. They will conduct an impact assessment of the OHAfrica program, within the context of the Lesotho National HIV/AIDS Strategy, on the effective delivery and roll-out of antiretroviral treatment to Basotho living with HIV/AIDS. They will also identify and document successful methods and tools to strengthen treatment literacy and antiretroviral drug adherence among HIV/AIDS patients enrolled in the program, which can be shared and replicated in other treatment centres in the region.
Organisation d'accueil : OHAfrica Lesotho Initiative for HIV/AIDS
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The OHAfrica Initiative came into being as a special project of The Change Foundation (TCF)and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in response to an appeal in 2003 by Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, challenging Ontario hospitals to play a leadership role in helping to treat and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mr. Lewis's talk at an OHA CEO forum resulted in the launch of OHAfrica on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2004. It is a joint initiative of TCF, the OHA and the Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The mandate of the OHAfrica Initiative is to support the Government of Lesotho's National HIV/AIDS Strategy through the delivery, strengthening, and roll-out of an antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment program for people living with HIV/AIDS in the District of Leribe. The District of Leribe is the most HIV-affected region in the country.