In collaboration with corporate and non-profit partners RB and UNAIDS, the Wits Business School and its Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), is inviting you to pitch an idea which could be used to launch a fully funded development project in South Africa to the value of £80 000 (approximately R1.5 million).
Your strategy may be selected among two others to receive full funding for incubation, trial, assessment and implementation. This is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss: one that will boost your career while you gain valuable experience and offer support to those who need it most in our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable we all are to these deadly viruses, indiscriminate and invisible leaving an impact that can be felt for generations, and while there is no clear evidence that people living with HIV are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, many sufferers have underlying health conditions, such as tuberculosis, making them even more susceptible to the corona virus.
COVID-19 has introduced extra strain and complication to an already difficult task, but we can not afford to wait for things to go back to ‘normal’ before we carry on the fight against HIV and Aids.
In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, UNAIDS and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) are joining forces to help protect people living with HIV across Africa.
UNAIDS leads and inspires global and local leadership, innovation and partnership to ultimately consign HIV to history. Read about what new challenges COVID-19 poses in the fight against HIV
The Director of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment shares a message about rising to the challenges and finding opportunities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Use this time to be mavericks, be disruptive, be creative and be innovative.
HIV infection remains a leading health crisis in Africa which disproportionately affects young women. Every week around 6000 young women become infected with HIV but more staggering still is that on our own continent four out of five new HIV infections occur among adolescent girls.
This means that AIDS-related illnesses are the biggest killers of young women in sub-Saharan Africa with debilitating effects on the economic welfare of African communities. What is needed are strategic solutions delivering an effective combination of HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health services to people at higher risk of HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancies.
The education and empowerment of women has been shown to be a key factor in upliftment and development and it is in this strategic area where you, as a student of the Wits Business School, could make a difference.
Please listen to this recording from the 7th of May Zoom briefing session that addresses updates to the competition in the face of COVID-19.
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Wits Business School (WBS): Competition exclusively open to WBS students and Wits University Postgraduates.
Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB), a consumer health company and the makers of Durex condoms: Project partner and competition funder.
Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), a Centre for excellence at WBS: Project facilitator.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS: Key project advice/advocacy partner.
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