Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is making great efforts at tackling the upsurge of HIV infections among young women as he will on Friday at the Pietermaritzburg’s Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, launch a campaign focusing “on HIV infections‚ unwanted pregnancies‚ school drop-out‚ sexual and gender-based violence‚ unemployment and a shortage of economic opportunities among girls and young women”.
As the chair of the South African National Aids Council‚ Ramaphosa will kick off the National HIV Prevention Campaign for Girls and Young Women. The programme that focuses on HIV infections among young women and girls constitutes a part of the build-up to the 21st International Aids Conference which will be held in Durban between July 18 and 22.
The Presidency described the National HIV Prevention Campaign as “a multi-sectoral programme which seeks to decrease HIV infections in girls and young women and keep girls in school”.
“The launch will be attended by youths from different high schools‚ communities from all sub-districts of Umgungundlovu and representatives from all nine provinces‚” the statement pointed out.
Other dignitaries joining Ramaphosa at the launch will include “Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi‚ premiers‚ MECs for health and mayors‚ as well as civil society leaders and representatives of South Africa’s international partners in the fight against HIV‚ Aids and TB”.
“This will be the second time South Africa hosts the International Aids Conference. South Africa first hosted this event in the year 2000.
“The conference is an opportunity for South Africa to reflect on its journey since the conference of the year 2000 to push back HIV‚ TB and Aids in the country‚ and to explore ways to overcome challenges that remain.”
There has been a call for the upcoming International Aids Conference that will take place in Durban to be used as a platform to further strengthen efforts made towards fighting HIV and Aids in the country.