- A UN report has revealed that South Africa is making strides in the fight against HIV
- The global organisation has cautioned that this is only the first step
- Deputy President David Mabuza has congratulated the people of Mzansi for the progress
SA is making huge advances in the fight against the HIV/Aids epidemic. This is according to UNAids, which launched its global Aids update report in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.
South Africa has successfully reduced new HIV infections by more than 40% and Aids-related deaths by around 40% since 2010. The UN has warned that this is only the beginning and there is still a long way to go.
The report, launched by UNAids executive director Gunilla Carlson together with deputy president David Mabuza, contains details of local community programmes that can quicken the pace of the response to HIV.
Eshowe was chosen for the launch of the global report because it surpassed UNAids targets before the 2020 global deadline thanks to a community project run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Briefly.co.za previously reported that South Africa finally has some good news regarding the battle against HIV. Eshowe - an area in which one in four people are living with HIV - has reached the UNAids goals‚ known as 90-90-90. This means that 90% of people living with HIV in the area know their status‚ 90% of HIV-positive people are on antiretroviral treatment‚ and 90% of these have suppressed the virus in their blood.
The deputy president told the large gathering at the King Dinuzulu stadium that the country takes the fight against HIV very seriously.
"Our country has the world’s largest epidemic, with an estimated 20% of people living with HIV globally resident in SA, therefore we have a challenge that we must confront."
He added that statistics show tha poor people are at the highest risk. He also praised the people of Eshowe for opening their homes to the doctors for treatment and testing.
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