Prevention is key to beating Aids

2009-12-01 13:37

PREVENTION of new HIV infections was one of government’s key

focuses in tackling the HIV/Aids pandemic, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe

said today.

“We need to take stock of how far we’ve come, what problems we have

encountered to ensure we create conditions so that there will be zero tolerance

for new infections,” he told an event in Pretoria commemorating the first

anniversary of World Aids Day.

“The goal of ensuring an Aids-free society is indeed in reach. That

is the wish for me.”

Also present was United States ambassador Donald Gips, who said his

country was excited to be a partner in fighting the disease.

“We are excited as South Africa takes a new step against


Earlier Motlanthe heard from various sectors including the youth,

women, men, the disabled and children. The general concern was how the

government would tackle Aids.

The national strategic plan on HIV/Aids is to halve the rate of new

infections by 2011 and ensure that 80% of people living with the disease are on

treatment by the same year.

The theme of the World Aid’s Day commemoration by the SA National

Aids Council is: “I am responsible, we are responsible, South Africa is taking


The gathering of around 2000 will be addressed by President Jacob

Zuma later today.

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