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South Africa’s New HIV/Aids plan unveiled

President Jacob Zuma has unveiled the brand new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and Aids 2012 – 2016, which experts claim promises to do a great deal more to tackle TB and concerns of violence against women.

The NSP proposes to take care of HIV, sexually transmitted infections along with tuberculosis by implementing a holistic approach consisting of preventative and therapeutic steps.

It is able to combine five succinct goals and four aims, whose consolidated objective is to quash new HIV infections.


President Jacob Zuma



The five goals are:


  • Decrease new HIV infections by a minimum of 50% simply by using a mixture of prevention strategies;
  • Initiate at the very least 80% of suitable patients on antiretroviral treatment with 70% living and on treatment five years after initiation;
  • Decrease the volume of new TB infections in addition to deaths from TB by 50%;
  • Make sure that there is an empowering and accessible legal framework which will safeguard and boost human rights in an effort to support the implementation of the NSP, and
  • Decrease self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by at least 50%.


The NSP is further strengthened by its four goals, which are:


  • Deal with social and structural barriers to HIV, STI and TB prevention, care and impact;
  • Prevent new HIV, STI and TB infections;
  • Sustain health and wellness, and
  • Increase the protection of human rights and improve access to justice.


Launching the master plan at the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele, Zuma pointed out the fact that the country had also adopted the ‘three zeros’ endorsed at the United Nations high level meeting in New York this June as a vision for the next 20 years.

“In addition, we incorporated as a country, a fourth zero, which intends to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child.

“The four zeros are ‘zero new HIV and TB infection; zero new infections as a result of mother to child transmission; zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB, and zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB,” Zuma spelled out.

The President was satisfied of the fact that the issue of violence against women was reflected in the new NSP.

Recently available research in South Africa indicated that the country could quite possibly avoid HIV infections in young women as long as they were not afflicted by violence or intimidation by their partners.

“Government is prioritising the fight against the abuse of women and children by way of law enforcement along with education and awareness.

“All of us also need to greatly enhance our socio-economic interventions to cope with poverty, unemployment, food insecurity and inequality… these either give rise to the spread of HIV or worsen the impact of the epidemic,” said Zuma.




The new plan is going to be executed in the coming year in April.

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet pointed out for the process to work, absolutely everyone needed to get on board.

“Let’s make certain that these endeavours within the NSP don’t go to waste but take us forward… We hope that the information shared today will make a difference to the youth and allow us to achieve the triple zeros accordingly,” said Kiviet.

Welcoming the unveiling of the new plan, Prudence Mabela, who has been living with HIV for 22 years, stated that everyone had to walk the talk when it came to implementing the plan.

She encouraged other infected people to take treatment and individuals who have not tested to go find out their status.

“You can trust the public hospitals, I am making use of them and they are helping… Together with the treatment you can live longer. I’ve taken TB treatment for six months and it’s effective, including the ARVs,” said Mabela.

Source: BuaNews


South African Universities take lead in AIDS research

South Africa’s educational institutions have most certainly been at the cutting edge of HIV research during the past 10 years additionally , the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) holds the leading position country wide when it comes to providing scientific research concerning the pandemic, research carried out not too long ago suggested. This in turn positioned South Africa eighth internationally when it comes to HIV-Aids publication.

“Scientometrics of a Pandemic: HIV-Aids research in South Africa and the World”, a scientific study completed by Anthipi Pouris and Anastassios Pouris, was written and published in the Journal Scientometrics last year. The published research discussed the time frame between 2006 and 2010.

Wits put together 473 papers, or 20.42% of a countrywide total of 2,316 publications dedicated to HIV-Aids within the time period. The vast majority of have been written and published within the South African Medical Journal. It was closely followed by the University of Cape Town, which published 19.17% of papers, as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal with 18.3%.

The University of Stellenbosch put together 196 expert articles, the University of Pretoria 97 as well as the University of the Western Cape with 71. An additional seven organizations – two science councils, three research institutes and two hospitals – collectively published the remaining portion of the more or less 30% of total publications associated with HIV-Aids.

“It is actually unexpected the reaction of the scientific community. South Africa is known for a pluralistic system of development and as a result seriously isn’t responsive to direction provision,” said Professor Anastassios Pouris, one of several researchers and director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at the University of Pretoria.

He continued to explain that it was evident of the fact that the scientific community had settled upon its very own to come up with a contribution towards the country’s most significant challenge, combined with individual research workers transferring towards the discipline.

The UNAIDS Global Report 2008 exposed the fact that there are approximately 33 million individuals were living with HIV throughout the world, with close to 22 million of these individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa possesses the largest volume of HIV infections globally, with an estimated 5.6 million men and women in 2009. Additionally, it is estimated that approximately 310,000 South Africans died of Aids in 2009.

Pouris talked about the fact that the endeavours by the Department of Science and Technology to link the scientific community along with the European Union’s programmes could quite possibly have added to somewhat of a increase in HIV-Aids scientific studies during the time period, despite the fact that this specific fact required additional research and further investigation.

The research discovered that South Africa is constantly generating progressively more HIV-Aids applicable publications, despite the fact that the USA when it comes to the 19,542 publications between 2005 and 2007 maintains the world record followed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada and Germany. South Africa is listed eighth in the world.

Pouris also explained that South African researchers for the most part focused entirely on immunology, public health, virology and pediatrics when it comes to HIV-Aids, and in addition they collaborated predominantly with professionals in the US, England, Canada and France.

Clinical medicine has been the predominant area of study in South Africa as well as the world, Pouris suggested, adding that comparison revealed South Africa underemphasized molecular biology and genetics biology and biochemistry, pharmacology and pharmacy whilst at the same time overemphasizing challenges associated with social sciences.

A fundamental and crucial weak point in South Africa is definitely the constrained resources allotted within the nations educational institutions, both for research along with other activities Pouris proclaimed. A deficiency of resources has produced sub-critical research groups. In his personal opinion he believes the government ought to raise significantly the financial commitment within the nation’s educational institutions exactly as what is occurring throughout OECD nations around the world he emphasized.

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4.6-million South Africans tested for HIV

4.6-million South Africans have already taken an HIV test since the launch of the government’s HIV counselling and testing campaign in April, at the same time 5.5-million have received counselling for HIV, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said during a World Aids Day this year in the province of  Mpumalanga.

While address to local Driefontein residents, Motlanthe said that about 2.5-million of those tested ended up also being screened for tuberculosis (TB), of whom 412 000 ended up being referred for further diagnostic assessments for TB.

The HIV counselling and testing campaign, launched by President Jacob Zuma, advised all South Africans to know their own HIV status and be screened for TB. The campaign intends to test 15-million men and women by June 2011.

It also is focused on screening for a range of other health conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

HIV, TB co-infection

Motlanthe pointed out that South Africa carries a high burden of HIV and TB, accompanied by a co-infection rate of 73 percent.

“All public health and wellness centres will provide prophylaxis in order to avoid TB when it comes to those with HIV infection, because this is definitely the foremost reason behind death amongst those people who are HIV-positive. These deaths are unquestionably avoidable, and that we can reduce this mortality.”

Driefontein resident Beauty Grootboom, who is living with HIV, said that a number of people were still in denial. “We must admit it, be brave and be strong,” she said.

Nkululeko Nxesi, from the National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids, said: “It begins with being aware of your status in order to obtain help and support, in addition to access to treatment. The campaign has received a positive response from the public, as more people are coming forward and getting tested.

“We will work with authorities to ensure that we achieve the target in the coming year,” Nxesi said.

One-million taking antiretrovirals

Close 1-million South Africans are at this moment on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Motlanthe said that more than 200 000 new men and women have been started on ARVs ever since April, with more than 3 126 nurses having been trained to administer treatment methods.

“Between April and September, 20 000 pregnant women were on ARV treatment, when compared to 15 000 during the same time period last year. This represents a 28 percent improvement in 2010 compared to 2009.

“All of us need to therefore strongly encourage pregnant women within our communities to seek care early while being pregnant, in order that they and their children have the ability to make use of the programmes that government offers,” Motlanthe said, adding that this would most likely help reduce the number of babies born with HIV.

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Bill Gates – Strengthen HIV and AIDS management

Improved healthcare, especially relating to HIV and AIDS topped the agenda of a meeting between President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates.

The Presidency on Wednesday said Zuma and Gates discussed the need to scale up the prevention of HIV and AIDS particularly following on the policy change made by the President on World AIDS Day.

Speaking at the commemoration of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, the President announced bold and life-changing policies. He said that as of April 2010, HIV positive people, with a CD4 count of 350 or less, would now receive anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.

Zuma also said pregnant HIV positive women with a CD4 count of 350 or with symptoms, regardless of their CD4 count, will now have access to treatment. Pregnant women, not falling in this category but who are HIV positive, will be put on treatment at 14 weeks to protect the baby.

“Amongst the issues discussed was the importance of the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTC) of the HI virus (HIV) as well as the need to look at male circumcision as a means of prevention,” said the Presidency.

President Zuma noted that the issue was being looked into but highlighted that it needed to be communicated carefully to avoid giving an impression that circumcised males are immune to HIV.

Gates informed Zuma about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, a new initiative which proposes to test everyone and start all those that are diagnosed with the virus on ARV’s regardless of their CD4 count.

The two also discussed strengthening the management of HIV programmes, especially the use of global funds and introducing management/business approaches to HIV prevention programmes like the Gates Foundation run programmes in India.

Gates also met with Motlanthe in his capacity as chairperson of the SA National Aids Council (Sanac), to discuss specific matters related to South Africa’s HIV and Aids programme.

Source: BuaNews