A message from Government on World AIDS Day 2014

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We call on all South Africans to join our campaign for World Aids Day 2014: Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination.

World AIDS Day is commemorated on the 1st of December annually and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and the remember those who have died.

HIV AND AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV, AIDS, and TB epidemics around. There are notable achievements to celebrate. A review of our efforts in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic over the past 20 years, paints a mixed picture:
-Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment;
-We have a much better understanding of the virus;
-More people are receiving antiretroviral treatment, which means HIV infection rates are decreasing;
-There is a scientific optimism around the benefit of treatment as prevention and progress towards a cure and vaccine

However, despite these advances stigma and discrimination remains a reality for many people living with, or affected by HIV. World AIDS Day 2014 provides an opportunity for all South Africans to remind themselves that HIV is still a reality and that it is incumbent on all of us to continue fighting prejudice, stigma and discrimination.

What are you doing?

Sab distributes more than 19-million condoms to sa taverns

Johannesburg. 1 December 2014. The South African Breweries (SAB) has distributed a total of 19.3-million condoms to more than 11 800 local taverns across South Africa since the launch of the programme three years.
Project Promote, the condom distribution programme uses SAB’s infrastructure, delivery trucks and extensive distribution network to deliver condoms to taverns each month.

The 19.3-million condoms already distributed by SAB means that more than 38 500 new HIV/Aids infections have been averted. This is according to a calculation by a John Stover (founder and president of Futures Institute, USA) study, which claims that for every 500 condoms distributed, at least one infection is averted.

Project Promote is a public private partnership between the National Department of Health, the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (SABCOHA) and the Society of Family Health. The company was approached to become a core strategic partner by SABCOHA after government increased its condom distribution targets as a method to decrease HIV/Aids infections.

SAB is able to extend distribution reach to non-traditional outlets, namely taverns.

“SAB’s commitment to helping bring social change in South African communities is aligned to government’s aim to reduce the impact that HIV/Aids is having on the country. It therefore makes perfect sense that we contribute to the work being done to achieve this aim,” says Mpho Sadiki, SAB Head Sustainability and Transformation.

Taverns each receive 400 condoms per month which are made available to customers. Positive feedback has been received by tavern owners with many requesting additional stock from SAB during scheduled deliveries.

In order to test the feasibility of SAB distributing condoms to customers, a three-month pilot was undertaken at three of its depots in Gauteng from August to October 2010. More than 6-million condoms were distributed to taverns in parts of the province.

Following the success of the pilot, 39 of SAB’s 40 depots across South Africa were registered at Primary Distribution Sites (PDS).

Mec scott and a fight against the deadly virus at umgungundlovu district

(2014 World Aids Day)

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance, Ms Belinda Scott who is also a champion MEC for uMgungundlovu District in partnership with Mkhambathini Municipality Mayor Cllr T. Maphumulo is today hosting the district World Aids Day.

MEC Scott will lead the district in this important day in the district calendar under Operation Sukuma Sakhe in a bid of uniting people in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Speaking before the big day, one of the millions of people who are living with HIV and AIDS in the country, Ms Promise Makhanya from France in Pietermaritzburg said that she was diagnosed 13 years ago and has been living positively ever since.

“I would like to remind my fellow South Africans that HIV and AIDS is still here. It is very important to know your status so that you can start your treatment as early as possible where necessary. I have been positive for 13 years but I am not taking treatment because I am living positively. I also have a three year old child which tested negatively and is healthy and strong as ever. Having HIV is no longer a curse there is life after discovering it. But it is important for us to work together in a bid of turning a tide against new infections” said Makhanya.

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Speaking before the World Aids Day, one of the millions of people who are living with HIV and AIDS in the country, the HIV and Aids activist, Ms Promise Makhanya from France in Pietermaritzburg said that she was diagnosed 13 years ago and has been living positively ever since.

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