Gauteng reduce Aids deaths by a fifth and aims to put more on antiretroviral therapy
25 Jul 2012
The Gauteng Strategic plan for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections has been tabled at the Gauteng Aids Council by MEC for Health Hope Papo. The plan noted that Gauteng has made significant progress in the past years to reduce infections, provide treatment and the prolong the lives of people on treatment.
HIV infection among pregnant mothers have stabilised around 30% and TB incidence rates have dropped from 424 people per 100 000 in 2006 to 239 per 100 000 in 2010. Currently there were 500 000 people on antiretroviral therapy in the province and the number of people dying from HIV and Aids complications have dropped by 20%.
The TB cure rate has shown a significant improvement from 64.4% in 2005 to 79.4% in 2010. The new plan seeks to build on these successes by reducing the number of new TB infections further and cutting the number of TB deaths by 50% by 2016.
The new plan seeks to reduce new HIV infections by 50% and ensure that people on treatment and alive five years after starting treatment is kept at 70%
The province plans to massively step up its HIV counselling and testing campaign in the next four years to ensure that 3 million are testing every year. The campaign will be taken to education institutions, hostels, informal settlement and workplaces.
From this month to September, the campaign will focus on saving the lives of mothers and babies and providing support to orphans and vulnerable children. Women and the children sector will lead this campaign that will involve the youth, women, schools, the faith based sector and traditional sector in prevention and testing activities.
From October to December the campaign will focus on safe sex for men and high risk groups. The sports, entertainment and men’s sector will lead this campaign which is expected to also reach men in hostels.
From January to March the campaign will focus on the unemployed youth and youth in education institutions. From April to June the focus of the campaign will be on treatment and testing and families will be targeted with message driven by people living with HIV and AIDS, the faith sector and people caring for the HIV infected.
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Issued by: Gauteng Health
25 Jul 2012
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