Zuma launches new HIV plan

2011-12-01 12:52

For the next five years, government will focus on reducing the number of new HIV infections and ensure that people who start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment do not default or die within this period, according to a new plan unveiled today.

The new five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and Aids, STIs and TB was announced by President Jacob Zuma at a World Aids Day event in Port Elizabeth.

The plan has similar goals to the previous one, which comes to an end on December 31. But the new plan emphasises the integration of HIV and TB, as well as mental and other non-communicable diseases.

Zuma said: “While government will have to lead the effort and play a significant role in both providing resources and implementation, the National Strategic Plan belongs to all South Africans and all sectors.”

He urged all sectors of society to commit to its full implementation.

Five goals of the NSP 2012-2016 are to:

» Reduce new HIV infections by at least 50%;

» Put at least 80% of eligible people on the ARV treatment programme, with 70% of them alive and on treatment five years after they started taking the drugs;

» Reduce the number of new TB infections as well as deaths due to TB by 50%;

» Protect and promote human rights in order to support implementation of the NSP; and

» Reduce self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by at least 50%.

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