6 November 2013 The University of Cape Town has teamed up with US Ivy League school Brown University to develop a new cadre of HIV social scientists who can provide sustainable, interdisciplinary solutions to HIV/Aids in South Africa, where one in six adults has HIV. Around 6.2-million South Africans live with the disease – the world’s largest HIV-positive population. The project, named “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa”, will see the social sciences playing a greater role in the response to HIV. It will be run in UCT and Brown’s public health schools, and will be funded by the National Institute of Health at a cost of US$1.9-million over five years. The co-principal investigator from UCT is senior researcher Dr Christopher Colvin, an anthropologist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Colvin’s work integrates social science perspectives into public health research on HIV/Aids, gender, community health workers and health activism. “The social science and public health responses to HIV have both been tremendously important, and many at UCT are at the forefront of this research,” says Colvin. “However, these responses have often developed in parallel, rather than in close collaboration. This grant aims to integrate the social sciences into the core of our public health teaching and research on HIV in the school.” Brown’s participation will be led by South African-born Professor Mark Lurie, who has studied sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV epidemic for more than a decade.Opportunity “The new grant is a wonderful opportunity for Brown to contribute to training the next generation of South African social scientists, whose work is aimed at better understanding and preventing HIV infection in the country with the most severe epidemic,” says Lurie. The partnership will contribute to curricular development, training and professional development through collaborations with HIV-focused social and behavioural scientists at Brown. Outside of the classroom, it will also create opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research in HIV social science, particularly at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.
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Singer Papon has landed in trouble after a complaint was filed against him for allegedly harassing a minor contestant of a reality TV show. However, the child’s father termed the incident “a moment of affection” saying the singer is a “father figure” to his daughter. A video has gone viral in which Papon is seen celebrating Holi with the contestants of “Voice India Kids” and planting a kiss on the girl’s face. Papon is one of the judges on the show along with fellow singers Shaan and Himmesh Reshammiya. Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan filed the complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights against Papon under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. Papon could not be immediately reached for a reaction but his lawyer, Gaurang Kanth told a news channel, “If my client had any objection or intention, then he would not be putting something against him and uploading it in public domain. Once it has been uploaded in public domain, the information is there. A lawyer has decided to lodge a complaint. It has been done, unfortunately, without doing any homework. “This sort of complaint also puts the family, the girl in lot of trauma. This is something that could have easily been avoided.” Kanth said one cannot level such charges without “corroborative evidence or verified the source.” The channel &TV issued a statement saying it will extend full support to all affected parties. “We as a channel have always been focused on the safety, security and well-being of the contestants participating in our shows. We have always adhered to the NCPCR guidelines and our production house, Essel Vision Productions Limited has taken all precautionary measures required under NCPCR and other laws. We believe in nurturing talent with utmost sensitivity and care while we provide them the platform to showcase their aptitude. “As a responsible channel, we are extending complete support to all parties who are impacted by this incident and will stand by them to help them through this situation,” the statement read. The girl’s father also issued a statement what was seen in the video was not intentional. “It was just a moment of affection that is being portrayed otherwise. I would request and urge the media to not pursue this further,” he said. He further said that Papon is a mentor and a father figure to his daughter and has always encouraged her to pursue her dreams. “He doesn’t differentiate among the children who are here and gives them equal guidance on pursuing their dreams,” he said. “What you saw in the video is not intentional,” the concerned contestant’s father said in a statement. The complaint has been filed by Supreme Court lawyer, Runa Bhuyan saying that the singer has “committed sexual assault”.
The Bombay High Court on Monday extended protection from arrest of activist Gautam Navlakha till April 26, 2019 in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the FIR registered against him by Pune police. Advocate Yug Chaudhary appearing for Mr. Navlakha told the court that the Delhi High Court had quashed the arrest, but the Maharashtra government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against it. However, another Bench at the Bombay HC stayed the arrest and it remains quashed as of now.He went on to list the credentials of Mr. Navlakha and said that he has written books on conflict zones and has written for esteemed publications on extremists and naxalites. He mentioned that Mr. Navlakha has written for Economic Political Weekly and is a member of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights. Mr. Chaudhary also said that Mr. Navlakha was always chosen by the government and the naxals as a “mediator” to communicate with each other. But now he is being attacked by both sides (government and Naxal organisations) as they think he is being biased towards the other.The advocate said, “He is a peace activist, how can this attract provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.” The matter has been adjourned for final hearing on April 26.
While preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.Bid to woo votersIn the run-up to the Assembly by-polls in Punjab, slated for October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. By-polls are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” Week-long celebrationsThe Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.