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The battle against HIV-AIDS in South Africa: UNICEF highlights successes

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General at the national Department of Health highlights the “Last Mile” report at the SA National AIDS Conference in Durban.

Durban, June 2017: South Africa’s success in reducing the transmission of HIV-AIDS from mother to child as well as advances in youth engagement was the focus of two satellite sessions hosted by UNICEF at the South African National AIDS Conference in Durban.

Attended by over 3000 delegates, the conference is a bi-annual gathering of civil society, government and academia from throughout the country and UNICEF was an active presence for its duration.

Titled “The Last Mile: Towards the Elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in South Africa”, the focus of the first satellite session was on how the national Department of Health (NDOH) and UNICEF, along with NGO and research partners, has accelerated the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Addressing over 100 PMTCT specialists, the Deputy Director-General at the NDOH, Dr Yogan Pillay, highlighted the innovative, and ongoing, measures that has brought about this positive development.

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
A participant in the dialogue at the #Real Talk satellite session hosted by UNICEF at the SA National AIDS Conference

With South Africa commemorating Youth Day on the 16th of June, it was fitting that UNICEF hosted a Dialogue titled “#RealTalk: Ending AIDS in South Africa - What will it take?” Comprising a panel of five young people and moderated by UNICEF, the interactive discussion, attended by over 150 conference delegates, highlighted both existing and planned ways of tackling the social and structural drivers of HIV-AIDS.

The conference reminded delegates, and the country at large, that South Africa is home to the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world. While the battle against HIV-AIDS continues UNICEF was pleased to provide a platform to highlight the notable progress has been, and continues to be made.

 

 
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