Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, and chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), David Mabuza, convened the first SANAC plenary of 2018 on Friday 29 June.
The plenary, as the highest decision making body of SANAC, was briefed on key issues pertaining to the National Strategic Plan (NSP), 2017-2022 and the upcoming International AIDS Conference to be held from 23 – 27 July 2018, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The NSP is the strategic guide for the national response to HIV, TB and STIs in South Africa.
The meeting was presented with an overview of the first United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB) in September 2018. Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi noted that that “for the first time in history, something extraordinarily important will happen at the United Nations. Heads of state have been invited to discuss TB – the number one killer in infectious diseases globally.”
Every year, people get sick with TB, an entirely preventable and curable disease. Of those individuals, a large percentage do not even receive care – they are “missed” by health systems after failing to be diagnosed, treated or reported. A national target of missing TB patients to be found in 2018/19 is at least 80, 000 and at least 50, 000 of those need to be found by August 2018.06.29
The meeting endorsed South Africa’s participation at the High Level Meeting on TB, and committed to transform the country’s TB response to be equitable, rights-based and people-centred.
Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor noted that we would not be able to end TB if we did not accelerate the research and development of new tools.
There was consensus that efforts to strengthen Provincial Councils on AIDS must be intensified, in particular the participation of Premiers as Chairs of the Councils.
The SANAC Secretariat informed the meeting about South Africa’s funding application to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. South Africa currently receives over 3 billion Rands from the Global Fund and will be submitting a new request for funding on 6 August 2018.
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