World Cup was Aids lesson – Motlanthe

2010-07-19 07:59

The Fifa World Cup has provided lessons on how to deal with the HIV/Aids pandemic, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

He was speaking at the 18th International Aids conference in Vienna, Austria, yesterday. “I want to believe this sporting tournament has provided all of us with lessons we can apply in our collective approach to deal with the HIV and Aids pandemic,” .

He added: “One of those lessons is the importance of teamwork even in the battle against HIV and Aids.”

Another lesson was the setting of targets, milestones, roles and responsibilities to achieve goals.

Motlanthe said the World Cup had emphasised the importance of inter-dependence and cooperation.

He told delegates that South Africa had embarked on a huge HIV testing and counselling campaign to get the population to know their HIV status and act accordingly.

Motlanthe said South Africa had made progress in key aspects of national response with programmes such as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
The conference heard that anti-retroviral treatment was provided to more than 80% of diagnosed mothers.

“We need renewed commitment for consistent, sustained and predictable financing mechanisms. I would argue that now is not the time to disinvest in health. We are pleased that the Global Fund has invested 10.5 trillion dollars (about R79.8?trillion) into the response thus far,” he said.

He said the most important lesson was that “our response needs to be united”.

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