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Eastern Cape Aids Council to launch HIV & AIDS campaign in Uitenhage

Nov 6, 2018
Eastern Cape Aids Council to launch HIV & AIDS campaign in Uitenhage

Eastern Cape Aids Council Acting Chairperson, Dr Pumza Dyantyi, accompanied by the Eastern Cape MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape, Helen Sauls-August, will on Wednesday launch an HIV & AIDS treatment and testing campaign at Uitenhage City Hall.

According to the Eastern Cape Aids Council's Vuyisa Dayile, the launch is part of a build up towards the annual commemoration of World Aids day on the 1st December.

"The campaign, which comes as right after the heels of the national Launch by the President on the 19th of October 2018,  is aimed at reducing new HIV & AIDS infections and as well as to welcome back  patients that have defaulted on treatment in the Province," he described.

"The WAD 2018 campaign targets key sectors for HIV & AIDS and TB prevention such as the taxi industry, adolescent girls and young women, men, sex workers and the LGBTQI. 

"The programme is intended to accelerate the implementation of the 90-90-90 UNAIDS strategy that was adopted in 2014 as a partnership between government and partners."

90-90-90 strategy is to diagnose 90% of people living with HIV

"The aim of the 90-90-90 strategy is to diagnose 90% of people living with HIV through testing, 90% of the HIV tested people to be initiated on anti-retroviral treatment and lastly, 90% of those initiated on treatment to achieve viral load suppression."

Dayile said that the Nelson Mandela Metro has been identified to host the activities based on the poor performance of health indicators, such as health screening, testing and treatment services up take is very low; high rate of lost patients on treatment and high rate of drug resistant TB’s (MDR& XDR).

"The campaign will assist to trace about 43 831 of lost patients on treatment across the province. Of these 43 831 lost patients, the Nelson Mandela Metro accounts for 8 912 which is the highest in the province."

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