A star-studded line-up will honour unsung heroes and salute individuals and organisations in Cape Town tonight during a World AIDS Day gala concert.
The first United Nations AIDS Special Goodwill Ambassador to South Africa and international recording artist, Jimmie Earl Perry, is the director of the gala event at the Convention Centre.
It is being presented by the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch in collaboration with the provincial Health Department.
AIDS lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has welcomed the expected launch of a new strategic plan to fight HIV.
In a press statement, the TAC has described the plan as ‘bold’, adding that, “South Africa is showing leadership at a time when many other parts of the world are retreating from their commitments on HIV."
The organisation, which states that already there are over a million people on treatment, warns that by the time the plan is complete that number must be three million.
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that women need access to family planning and contraception services if HIV/AIDS among pregnant women is to be reduced.
Catherine Tomlinson, a senior researcher at TAC, points out that it is crucial to address the need for family planning and contraception services.
“We need to expand services for women to become pregnant safely without risking becoming HIV-positive. To do this, women should be given the knowledge and services to plan their pregnancies,” she explains.
The Joint United Nations Programme (UNAIDS) says the incidence of AIDS in Africa is declining.
Its new report ‘UNAIDS Report World AIDS Day Report 2011’ shows that this year has been a ‘game changer’ as the world reached a critical turning point in the response to the global HIV epidemic.
The Global Fund has denied Uganda US$270 million needed to put over 100 000 more people on lifesaving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) because the country's policies are deemed harsh on sexual minorities.
Minister of Health, Zainab Akol, points out that by the time the department is through with one group's rights, Uganda will be having 130 000 new infections.
To help focus the world’s attention on the global cancer burden, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) collected more than 25 000 signatures towards the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) World Cancer Declaration, was a campaign aimed at collecting a million signatures which were presented to the United Nations at its Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases in September 2011.
The Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) eight mobile health clinics travel to remote rural areas throughout South Africa to provide free Pap smears and clinical breast examinations to women who would otherwise not have the opportunity to get screened for cervical and breast cancer.
Regular cancer screening (for cervical, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers) is also done at CANSA’s more than 50 Care Centres countrywide.
For each person diagnosed, cancer is a unique experience. How people cope when diagnosed, during or after treatment (or even when in remission), is different for each individual. No two people will travel the same journey during and after a cancer treatment. However, one common thread in all people with cancer is the need for a good support system.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) provides holistic care and support to cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis through all phases of need, including survivorship.
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Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights has described the Botswana government’s insistence that it will not provide foreign inmates with life-saving antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs because of the cost implications is hypocritical and regrettable.
The organisation’s spokesperson, Thuto Galeitsewe, points out that government cannot claim to support the Vision 2016 ideal of a 'just, compassionate and caring nation' while it remains insensitive to foreign inmates.