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, Former 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.”
South Africa Campaign
In 2014 the RFHA SA NPC was formally established as a subsidiary of RFHA Inc, and in 2018 was given autonomy to govern the Southern African countries. A decision was made to assist the RFHA Inc Strategic Alliance Countries with the SADC Countries (16 countries -Member states) bordering South Africa, for those wanting to host a Rotary Family Health Days Programme.
The 2020 Campaign in South Africa delayed to February 2021 - days to be confirmed
Julie Kydd, Site Coordinator D9350 Western Cape
I think this is one of the most rewarding Rotary events I have participated in and the most worthwhile
Rotarian Poynter, Site Coordinator
Being a Site-Co-Ordinator in a small Rotary Club (± 8 active Members) is VERY hard work but the hard work and sacrifice (of time) is well worth it in the end to see a Community being assisted and empowered
Bev Frieslich, Steering Committee Head D9350 Western Cape
The 2019 RFHD in D9350 was a most successful event thanks to the commitment of the Presidents of the Clubs involved and the Club Site RFHD Champions, which meant that all the participating Rotarians were swept along the wave of positivity, resulting in enthusiastic and dedicated teams that made the programme work...”