A new scorecard from the Catch network shows that South Africa is making tentative headway in its efforts to protect children from HIV, but much more needs to be done to save lives. The Catch network is an alliance of organisations that work with children and HIV.
The scorecard measures progress towards the government’s targets for preventing infections and caring for children affected by HIV, which are detailed in its HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.
The director of the Children’s Rights Centre, Cati Vawda, questioned whether these targets are sufficiently bold, warning that progress towards the goals is no cause for complacency. Vawda argues that the figures masked the difficulties still facing many children.
In the same vein, South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) deputy chairperson, Mark Heywood, points out that, “When it comes to children and HIV, we are making some progress, but it is insufficient.”
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