Strategic Aids plan widely welcomed
Johannesburg - Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers have joined the Treatment Action Campaign in welcoming the expected launch of a new strategic plan to fight HIV on Thursday.
President Jacob Zuma was expected to launch the five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) at a national World Aids Day event in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
"It is a bold plan. South Africa is showing leadership at a time when many other parts of the world are retreating from their commitments on HIV," the TAC said.
Union federation the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it wanted to see a clear implementation programme and budget for the NSP's objectives.
"Will government and the department of health achieve its target to have 2.6m people on ARVs within 2013 and 2014?" HIV and Aids policy co-ordinator Jacqueline Bodibe asked.
Cosatu said if nurses did not receive adequate training, the goal to cut the number of new infections in half would not be reached. It was concerned by the number of people dying of Aids because they had tuberculosis as well.
Meanwhile, mineworkers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers would gather at the Eskom College in Midrand to commemorate World Aids day.
"HIV/Aids is the greatest threat ever facing mineworkers in particular and construction and energy workers in general," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.
"The Num fully backs the minister of health's comprehensive response to the pandemic and appeals to all organs of society to rally behind government in the fight against the pandemic."
He said mineworkers were encouraged to get tested and know their status.