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Campaign to test 500 000 public servants
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 01, 2011

Ahead of the official event, Motlanthe - who is the chairperson of the South African National Aids Council - accompanied by Motsoaledi and Kiviet, will this morning embark on a door-to-door visit to child and elderly persons-headed households in KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay.

 

The 2011 World Aids Day will be observed under the theme ‘Getting to Zero’, which echoes the UNAIDS’ vision of achieving ‘Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero Aids-related deaths’.

 

The theme seeks to encourage individuals and communities to have non-discriminatory and non-judgmental access to adequate HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and TB prevention, treatment, care and support.

 

In South Africa, the event will be marked under the sub-theme ‘South Africa is taking responsibility on a path to eliminating the TB and HIV epidemics’.

 

The emphasis will be on providing universal access to HIV, STI and TB prevention, treatment, care and support.

 

This is complementary to the global theme as South Africa will continuously strive to achieve zero HIV infections.

 

In Gauteng, Health and Social Development MEC Ntombi Mekgwe will lead an awareness and educational campaign at Johannesburg’s Park Station, where the people of Gauteng will be taught about preventative measures as well as services available for those infected and affected by the virus.

 

A team of 300 health workers will also be educating the community at the station about HIV and Aids.

 

In Durban, eThekwini Municipality Mayor James Nxumalo will commemorate the day at uMnini sports ground in uMgababa, where he is expected to highlight the municipality’s programme to stop the spread of HIV as well as its plan of working towards an HIV free generation.
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