Aside from the economic benefits, urgent decriminalisation is needed to ensure constitutional rights of the country’s estimated 153 000 sex workers
Sex education will help prevent new HIV infections, expert says
More men than women have tuberculosis and 82% are in the 15 to 24 age group
Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country’s response.
The Aids council’s programme is a "big step in the right direction", but abuse by police still needs to be tackled, says an HIV specialist.
The South African National Aids Council says it aims to have three million people receiving antiretroviral therapy by 2015.
A labour dispute is boiling at the South African National Aids Council, raising concerns over their ability to implement the national strategic plan.
President Jacob Zuma has presented a five-year plan to reduce new HIV and TB infections by 50%.
The South African National Aids Council’s strategic plan is far too broad to be effective.
HIV/Aids infection rates may increase during the Soccer World Cup, the South African National Aids Council said on Friday.
The government is looking into whether it would run out of funding for HIV/Aids drugs in this financial year, the health minister said on Friday.
When was the last time you heard from Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, Free State Premier Beatrice Marshoff, Northern Cape’s Dipuo Peters or even KwaZulu-Natal’s S’bu Ndebele? I reckon not lately. It may be true that some, such as Marshoff and Peters, have always had a low public profile anyway. But Shilowa and Ndebele?
Outside Luthuli House, yellow posters beg South Africans to save power. In the lobby of the African National Congress headquarters, a veteran of the struggle against apartheid is asking to see ”Baba”. The old man does not have electricity and would like to put his case to the party president. A receptionist shakes her head: ”He comes often.”
<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=ancconference_home"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/321750/Icon_ANCconference.gif" align=left border=0></a>President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday that he would not rule out calling early general elections if he failed to win the leadership of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party. "I have not thought about that one [early poll]. We haven’t got there yet. I don’t know. It’s possible, it’s possible, yes indeed," he said in an interview.
Statistics that indicated HIV/Aids numbers were lower than previously thought was cold comfort, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Friday. Speaking in Pretoria a day before World Aids Day, Tutu said that while the country might say things had improved, it was unacceptable that 600 people died of Aids everyday in South Africa.
The South African National Aids Council (Sanac) has adopted a strategic plan to respond to HIV/Aids challenges in the country, it said on Tuesday. This was announced at a Sanac conference in Johannesburg. Spokesperson Mark Heywood said the plan might not be perfect, but it was the best available as it had been endorsed by the Cabinet.
South Africa needs to review its crime-prevention strategy, the South African Human Rights Commission has recommended. ”In addition, policies and legislation should be revisited to improve integration, coordination and cooperation across the criminal justice system,” it said in a report on its crime conference in March.
South Africa still does not have a comprehensive national security policy, the South African Human Rights Commission said on Wednesday. It also had no policy to fight poverty, said SAHRC CEO Tselifo Thitanyane. ”The integrated justice system is not really working,” said commission chairperson Jody Kollapen.
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s statement concerning dual-therapy HIV treatment was a ”gross distortion of the truth”, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said on Tuesday. According to Tshabalala-Msimang, a 2001 court judgement limited her department to implementing only monotherapy nevirapine to HIV-positive pregnant mothers.
The South African National Aids Council is on track with its National Strategic Plan on HIV and Aids, which would see the halving of new infections by 2011, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said on Monday. She chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted council in Pretoria, which officially brings together the government and civil society in the fight against HIV/Aids.
The African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday it knew about Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s dismissal on theft charges from a Botswana hospital in 1976, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio news reported. The Sunday Times reported two weeks ago that Tshabalala-Msimang had been convicted of theft.
Embattled Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was accused by Aids activists on Wednesday of fuelling the country’s HIV crisis by obstructing efforts to combat the disease. A raft of NGOs, including the leading Aids lobby, said the recent sacking of the deputy health minister had raised fears that a widely praised Aids programme was being undermined.