SANAC Deputy Chair Calls for African civil society voices to be heard in GPC
In her capacity as chairperson of the SANAC Civil Society Forum, Steve Letsike emphasised the need to recognise voices of African civil society during the Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC) conference in Geneva earlier today. The conference has brought together world leaders in the health space to explore strategies to prevent and reduce HIV infections by 75% by the year 2020.
Letsike, who also serves as the SANAC Deputy Chairperson, made her presentation by granulating the demands of civil society as follows:
- For All:
A multisectoral approach beyond health departments now!
- For Governments:
Removal of punitive laws by 2018!
- For Governments and Donors:
Earmark clearly a figure for community led intervention now!
- For All Partners:
Meaningful involvement of community groups in all their diversity!
- Global Prevention Coalition:
A seat on the table, now!
4 for the African sub regions
2 reps (Youth and KP)
Letsike spoke passionately and concluded her presentation with the following strong statement which also demonstrates commitment from civil society, ‘African civil society demands: Action for prevention now!’.
Letsike is attending the conference alongside SANAC CEO, Dr Sandile Buthelezi; SANAC Trustee, Dr Yogan Pillay and the National Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the leadership of UNAIDS. Follow the conference proceedings on social platforms using the hash tag #GPC2020.