New Aids plan will also focus on TB

2011-12-02 07:02

Johannesburg - The new National Strategic Plan (NSP) against HIV and Aids will focus on TB as well, said President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

Zuma presented the five-year plan at a national World Aids day event in Port Elizabeth.

"This was done because the co-infection between HIV and TB in our country is very high... We cannot afford to deal with HIV and TB separately," he said.

Zuma said the main goals for the next five years included reducing new HIV and TB infections by at least 50%.

Putting in place a legal framework to support the introduction of the NSP, having 80% of eligible patients on antiretroviral treatment were other objectives.

The aim was to have 70% of these patients alive five years later.

Three zeros

"We have also adopted the three zeros agreed to at the United Nations High Level Meeting in New York, in June this year, as our vision for the next 20 years," Zuma said.

These were: zero new HIV and TB infections, zero new mother to child infections and zero preventable deaths associated with child transmission.

The president said he had added a fourth zero, relating to discrimination associated with HIV and TB.

Zuma said government had learnt a lot from the previous plan and it now understood which methods worked and which did not.

Tremendous progress had been made in all areas of the previous plan, he said.

After launching the national HIV counselling and testing campaign in April 2010, more than 13 million people were tested for HIV and more than eight million were screened for TB.

Between January 2010 and September 2011, the number of public health facilities initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment increased from 495 to 2 948.

Zuma said the number of nurses accredited to initiate and provide treatment had increased from 290 a few years ago to 10 542.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe praised the SA National Aids Council (Sanac) for contributing to the new plan.

"Our civil society sectors worked hard to ensure that the people's voices are captured and reflected in this new plan," he said.

  • mmakgaboe - 2011-12-02 07:39

    His promises must be archived somewhere as every year the headlines read almost the same. Same intentions TO DO... never really results on what has ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED!

      Sean - 2011-12-02 08:36

      Thats because the cANCer have achieved NOTHING. The only thing that they can do well is steal. Please explain how black folk have benefitted by having the cANCer in charge? Don't give me that crap about being able to walk in the streets or open a business or buy a car. You would have been able to do that with any party in charge. I want to know how the cANCer have made the black mans lives better than what would have happened in an ordinary cause of events. Please list them for me. They have taken the black man backwards, a lot of black people are worse off today under a cANCer govt than what they were before the cANCer were voted into power

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-02 07:52

    On the surface this seems like an excellent plan. Now put your money where your mouth is and do it properly.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-02 19:42

    You can't help those who don't have brains! And in any case being safe and taking aids seriously is against their cultural beliefs.

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  • markus.botha - 2012-02-21 13:40

    Zuma can't even launch sugar over his pap. Millions will die.

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