DoSD Deputy Director General to chair satellite session on Children and AIDS
Durban, 4 June 2007… UNICEF has announced that Ms. Vuyelwa Nhlapo, Deputy Director General for Integrated Development in the Department of Social Development and Dr. Nomonde Xundu, Cluster Manager HIV and AIDS and STI in the Department of Health, will serve as co-chairs the satellite session on Children and AIDS at the National AIDS conference in Durban 5-8 June.
The session, entitled “Solving Operational Bottlenecks to achieve the NSP targets for Children Infected and Affected by HIV and AIDS”, is scheduled to take place in Hall 2B on 5 June from 8h30 to 12h30.
The children’s agency, has called for redoubled efforts to expand access to life-saving services for children and their parents, and care givers, through an integrated family approach in which prevention and treatment go hand in hand to improve children’s survival, growth and development.
This will be the focus of the session, says Macharia Kamau, UNICEF Country Representative and Chair of the United Nations Theme Group on HIV and AIDS, who will open the session and outline the objectives.
Panellists will review the evidence and programmatic experiences of delivering services for reducing HIV transmission and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on children. This session is expected to identify practical solutions to achieving the NSP targets for children, UNICEF says.