SANAC welcomes new Chairperson, Deputy President David Mabuza

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DD Mabuza and Ramaphosa

The South African National AIDS Council would like to welcome the new Chairperson of SANAC, Deputy President David Mabuza and thank President Ramaphosa for his invaluable contribution to the development of our institution during his tenure as Chairperson of SANAC.

We will be engaging with Deputy President Mabuza soon for a seamless transition to ensure that we do not lose momentum in our goal to achieve an HIV-free generation by 2030. South Africa has made significant progress, but we cannot afford to be complacent. Too many people—especially those who are the most marginalized and most affected by HIV—still face challenges in accessing the health and social services they urgently need.

Under the leadership of President Ramaphosa, SANAC has become a national institution around which all South Africans have rallied to respond to HIV, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections. President Ramaphosa has left SANAC in good standing, with a functional Board of Trustees which has ensured good governance as evidenced by 4 successive clean audits

SANAC was established as a Trust of the government and a Secretariat was built up to deepen coordination, improve monitoring and evaluation and supporting government departments and civil society with implementation of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs. This has led to national policies and programmes targeting key populations such as young women, sex workers, LGBTI communities, People Who Inject Drugs and inmates in correctional facilities.

Over the last five years SANAC transformed the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to make it one of the most representative in the world, one that is truly representative of all sectors including marginalised populations.

DD in Group PhotoOver two proposal cycles, Global Fund investments, under the direction of the CCM and SANAC, were reprogrammed to address young women and key populations; whilst continuing to fund innovation in antiretroviral treatment and tuberculosis. The Global Fund portfolio of grants now includes eight principal recipients, finances a national sex worker programme and large scale programmes targeting men who have sex with men, transgender women, people who inject drugs, adolescent girls and young women and their partners and prison inmates.

South Africa is a democratic country, we remain resolute to the commitment by government that the response to HIV, TB and STIs is led in the highest office at all levels.

SANAC leaves no one behind and focuses on the commitment made to communities. We wish him well in the new task, and we will forge relations to ensure the goals in the NSP are reached. SANAC is multisectoral and will remain in that order for the benefit of all partners involved.

This has all been possible with the highest level of political support from President Ramaphosa, which we hope he will still offer as the 1st Citizen of the country, to sustain the momentum of leadership at all levels.

Steve Letsike
Deputy Chairperson, SANAC


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