A Victory for Civil Society Activism
Sipho Mathathi, Secretary General of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), victoriously holds up her fist at the National Civil Society HIV and AIDS Prevention and Treatment Congress, a watershed event marking a dramatic change in government’s outlook in dealing with the treatment of HIV and AIDS, after sustained civil society lobbying and advocacy.
Story from the Ground: Ntsweletsoku Village
South Africa is currently facing one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics worldwide, with almost 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day. Various factors have been blamed for the rapid rise of the epidemic, one of which relates to people’s overall ignorance about the disease, this is closely linked to people’s outlook on HIV testing.
This Friday, 7 April ’06, is World Health Day. The theme for this year is "Working together for Health.” The day is aimed at raising global awareness about the widespread shortage of health workers and the impact this has for people in need of healthcare.
All over the world, healthcare systems are finding it harder and harder to train and retain their health workers. With countries like South Africa emerging as critical battlegrounds for chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS and other related diseases, developing countries cannot afford to be short of competent health workers.
World Health Day: Focus on HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a major concern for developing countries worldwide. Lack of education, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, linked with extreme poverty, make people in the poorest countries most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
Budget Briefs, No. 155, 2005. Idasa.
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Funding of HIV and AIDS interventions has been increasing over the years, both in the public sector and in donor assistance. Donor funding for HIV and AIDS in South Africa is channelled through bilateral aid to government departments and direct funding to NGOs from international aid agencies. However, funding to NGOs is particularly difficult to track because there is no centralised reporting mechanism in place for all international aid to the NGO sector.
PreventAIDS South Africa (SA) is a media project that was established in 1999 to help lessen the public's stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS and to raise money for children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. The project achieves its vision by pairing the photographs of famous South Africans with people living with AIDS in an effort to personalise the disease, offer solidarity and hope, and decrease the stigmatisation.