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NEHAWU Worlds Aids Day Clarion Call

29 November 2012

NEHAWU calls on all its members and South Africans to mark the coming World Aids day by participating in the planned nationwide events/activities and also by taking a conscious decision to get tested on the day. This year’s World Aids Day on the 1st of December 2012, will be commemorated under the global theme of “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS – related deaths “.

In the past few years this day has been a formal and sober occasion for good reason. Our country has been facing a crisis situation and the future looked bleak but the launch of the NSP 2012 – 2016 on World AIDS day 2011 has changed the situation dramatically. There has been a shift in the mood around the HIV response in South Africa largely due to the excitement around the massive HCT and Treatment Expansion campaign, which has seen 17 million people tested for HIV and a cumulative total of 2 million people accessing life-saving antiretroviral treatment.

At the 2012 International conference in Washington D.C. South Africa was singled out as having the best practice and embodied the conference theme of ‘Turning the Tide on AIDS’, thanks to honourable President, Jacob Zuma’s administration. Although the end of the HIV epidemic in South Africa may not yet be in sight , there is much progress to celebrate.

In line with the celebratory mood, since we will be hosting the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from the 19th January to 10th February 2013, World Aids Day 2012 is an exciting opportunity to leverage the energy and momentum of AFCON 2013 and mark the day with an event involving sports, this will be the promotion of the strategic objective 3: Sustaining Health and Wellness of the NSP 2012-2016.

Our union will support the World AIDS day national activity that will take place in the North West province at the Orlen Park Stadium Potchefstroom where the Minister Aaron Motswaledi will make the major announcement on New HIV and AIDS Treatment Regime under the theme “Are Dlale Safe for Zero Infections.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Office
For further information, please contact: Sizwe Pamla (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 011 833 2902 - 082 558 5962 or email: sizwep@nehawu.org.za