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George Municipality HIV and TB summit with other stakeholders

Sep 7, 2017
George Municipality HIV and TB summit with other stakeholders

George Municipality's Community Development department hosted a two-day HIV and TB Summit this week to discuss the impact of HIV and TB across the region and to get the ball rolling to establish a Local AIDS Council.

The summit took place on 4 and 5 September 2017 and addressed the challenges the health sector and community face. Mr Shanold Marillac, Senior Manager: Community Development, opened the summit and gave a warm welcome to all the delegates from different Departments, NGO's and community members.

According to Ms Leachia Lee, HIV/Aids Co-ordinator in the Community Development unit, the burden of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) is spread unevenly across South Africa.

The National Strategic Plan 2017 -2022 (NSP) has identified 27 districts with the highest rates of HIV and 19 districts with the highest incidence of TB. These two sets of districts overlap. The Eden District is identified as one of the highly burdened districts for TB.

The relevant role players were invited to present their core functions, programmes and projects they roll out to fight the HIV pandemic.

The purpose of this summit was to establish a Local AIDS Council to address HIV and TB matters. George Municipality invited all of the relevant district role players as the success of a Local AIDS Council is dependent on the involvement of all stakeholders in order to collectively plan in line with the National Strategic Plan.

The department of Health addressed the impact of HIV and TB in the George district. PASA (People Against Substance Abuse) and SANCA addressed the connection between substance abuse and HIV. Thuthuzela Care centre addressed the rights and the legal implications concerning the HIV and Aids situation. George Connect addressed the role of the Church in general.

The department of Education, Police (Peer Educators team), SASSA, department of Correctional Services NACOSA (National AIDS Council of South Africa) addressed and explained the National Strategic Plan (NSP) and where each department and organisation link.

Cllr Micheal Daniels, Ward Councillor for Ward 24 and Cllr Nosicelo Bungani attended the summit and gave valuable input from the George Council's side. Cllr Elizabeth Stroebel did a word of thanks at the end of the summit.

Lee confirmed that a Task team has been elected to establish the Local AIDS Council and they will meet in two weeks' time to plan the way forward.

Image: HIV Summit: Stakeholders and representatives at the summit are front from left, Leachia Lee (HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator: George Municipality), Nomfundo Sasa (Disability Management Unit: SASSA), Unit Appels (Hast Coordinator: Department of Health), Sylvia Tabata (FAMSA), Johanna Africa (Nurse Co-ordinator: Ithemba Labomi) and Sophia Trout (PASA). At the back are Roger Jacobs (Head of Specialised Education and Support: Department of Education), Heinrich Smith (HIV/AIDS and Wellness Coordinator: MD Civils), Choice Somagaca (Peer Educators: South African Police Service) and Queen Baliso (Senior Manager: Lovelife).