Our Work - JPS Africa
HIV/ AIDS, Family Planning, VMMC, MDR-TB, Malaria, HIV preventative care, HIV NGO, HIV symptoms, NGO in Africa, tuberculosis
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Our Work

HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) interferes with the body’s ability to fight diseases and infections, and leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS); which is when the immune system is so compromised that it is unable to fight off most infections and diseases.

 

In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 1.2 million deaths caused by HIV related causes and 36.9 million HIV-positive people. Globally the Sub-Saharan African region has the highest population of HIV-positive people.

 

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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision [VMMC]

The World Health Organization (WHO), in conjunction with UNAIDS, recommended Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) as an HIV prevention strategy. This is based on scientific evidence that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV and STIs, and protects women from cervical cancer. Thus, JPS Africa NPC, in conjunction with the NDoH, incorporated Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) into their HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and programmes.

 

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Family Planning & Reproductive Health

Dr. Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, said “In 2 years we would like to see a reduction in teenage pregnancy, unwanted pregnancies and in abortions” at the launch of the National Family Planning Campaign in South Africa in April 2014.

 

The JPS Africa NPC family planning project has played a key role in supporting the launch of the National Family Planning Campaign. This year-long campaign, led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), aims to reduce the high number of maternal deaths in the country by promoting family planning, addressing teenage pregnancy and overall women’s health.

 

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MDR TB, Programming & Research

Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (TB) is a severe form of TB, where the bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotic drugs which makes it difficult, but not impossible, to treat. It is estimated the 5% of Tuberculosis (TB) cases are MDR. JPS Africa supports the NDoH to improve access for MDR-TB patients by decentralizing treatment initiation across South Africa.

 

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Infection Prevention & Control

Infection prevention and control forms part of every programme that JPS Africa NPC offers. By integrating infection control policy and protection, JPS Africa NPC can reduce the spread of hospital acquired infection, diseases, promote effective waste management, reduce environmental pollution and reduce the perceived and actual risk of infection for health care providers.

 

With increased strategic and effective implementation of infection control policy, South Arica and JPS Africa NPC can boast a steady movement toward the decline of hospital acquired infection and an increase in infection control.

Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 800 fatalities daily due to pregnancy and childbirth related causes of which 99% of these occur in developing countries. With such a high maternal mortality rate, approximately three quarters of all newborn deaths occur in the first week of life. In developing countries, approximately 50% of all mothers and newborns are not currently receiving skilled maternal and newborn healthcare during and after birth. The World Health Organization states that maternal and newborn deaths are preventable with skilled care during and after pregnancy and childbirth.

 

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Malaria Prevention & Treatment

Despite substantial global efforts and considerate improvement, globally 214 million new cases of malaria have been estimated in 2015; with approximately 438,000 deaths.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 89% of global malaria cases and 91% of malaria-related deaths. With increased availability of information regarding Malaria symptoms, treatment, vaccines and antimalarial tablets there has been progress since 2000 as the global incidence rate has decreased by 37% and mortality rates have decreased by 60%.

 

Malaria is 100% preventable and treatable through information dissemination on preventative measures and infection protocols and through increased access to medical treatment.

Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Cervical cancer is caused by two types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Globally, it is the fourth most frequent cancer in women. 85% of cervical cancer deaths occur in less developed countries, where it is the second most common cancer. Sufficient early symptom screening and treatment can prevent cervical cancer deaths, however there is limited access to effective screening methods in developing countries. Cervical cancer screening methods include papsmears, visual inspections with acetic acid (vinegar) and cryotherapy. JPS Africa NPC implemented the process of improving access to early screening to help reduce cervical cancer deaths.

 

With increased in accessible quality education and content, global communities are able to develop their knowledge about the various HPV virus’ and cervical cancer systems.

Good clinical practice, ethics and research training

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training and certification is a compulsory requirement by Research Ethics Committees and the Medicines Control Council (MCC) for all staff working on a clinical trial, before commencing clinical research, and additionally for all other staff involved in research studies.

 

JPS Africa provides both Basic GCP and Refresher Training Courses for investigative sites, as well as private individuals acknowledged by Ethics Committees and Medicines Control Council in South Africa.

 

After successful completion of good clinical practice training, candidates will receive a Certificate of Attendance which is valid for three years, after which the GCP Refresher/Update Course should be attended. Participants receive 12 CPD points for completion of the Good Clinical Practice Course (GCP), and 6 points for completion of the Ethics Course.

 

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