7.5 Million people are living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa
As the HIV epidemic is growing and there exists a quadruple burden of disease in our communities, the South African National Department of Health has developed a strategic plan through 2022 to address the issues. (National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022) Our efforts are working in support of the identified objectives of the National Government, as the needs continue to grow.
Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health of South Africa, summed up the problem so well in his response to the National Strategic Plan for South Africa. He called on all sectors of society to respond to the crippling quadruple burden of disease affecting the health of his country:
“We have to ensure that coverage of our services for prevention as well as treatment, care and support, together with their quality, improves in every corner of our country. Key will be to improve the involvement of communities in planning and implementation of solutions. These actions, for which we each have to take individual and collective responsibility, will ensure that we can stop HIV and TB being public health threats by 2022 or earlier.”
The South African Program launched in 2012 in partnership with the National Department of Health.
In 2014 the RFHA SA NPC was formally established as a wholly owned subsidiary of RFHA Inc, and in 2018 was given autonomy to govern the Southern African countries. A decision was made to work hand in hand with the SADC Countries (16 countries -Member states) bordering South Africa, for those wanting to host a Rotary Family Health Days Programme.
The 2019 Campaign in South Africa is scheduled for 2-4 October 2019.
The Lesotho Program is being launched in November 2019 in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Lesotho and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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