“Ubuntu Initiative” encourages S.A men to take care of their health

Jul 3, 2017 | News

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This is an article by Maluti Obuseng published on SABC News Online (02 July 2017), please see it here: bit.ly/2t90n1c

Men should take responsibility for their actions, health and behaviour and stop abusing women and children.

This is the message that the Health Department, the South African National Aids Council and Civil Society Forum say should be spread to every corner of the country, through their campaign “Ubuntu Initiative: Men Taking Responsibility.”

The initiative was launched on the side lines of SA-AIDS Conference in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, provides free health services including TB screening, HIV testing, medical male circumcision and blood pressure management.

This weekend the initiative was taken to Saulsville, near Atteridgeville in Pretoria west.

They took the message for a better lifestyle, respect and hope to the Amazing Christ-Centred Church in Saulsville.

It is hoped the church will ensure it is spread widely to impact the community positively.

The Ubuntu Initiative: Men Taking Responsibility has partnered with Faith Based Organisations as part of its countrywide rollout plan.

The aim is to get more men to join the movement as ambassadors of healthy lifestyles and protectors of women and children’s rights.

Phumlani Ximiya, an advocacy officer with the National TB Control Programme, says the initiative is intended to encourage men to take responsibility for their actions:

“We are actually kind off motivating men to take responsibility. You will notice that in the last few weeks or months there has been spates of violence against women and children, instead we will preach that men should not actually be conducting violence against women and children instead they should be protecting them so that’s responsibility, to love their wives, their sisters, their female colleagues and their children and protect them.”

The initiative also supports South Africa’s national strategic plan on HIV, TB and STIs.

This aims to reduce new infections, get more people on treatment and ensure that South Africans’  general health is improved.

The South African National Aids Council co-chairperson, Steve Letsike, says this initiative is part of the country’s bigger plan:

“Part of our goals is to reach the 2030 targets of no infections, of viral load suppression, of putting people on treatment in fact as its essence, but part of it is that we want to reduce stigma and discrimination. We want to mobilise all stakeholders, every South African should be counted, should be part of the national strategic plan.”

Meanwhile, stage and television actor Sello Maake ka Ncube, who supports the initiative, says men should take care of their health and refrain from abusing women and children:

“With this drive of men taking responsibility I think that just says all the male folk let’s gather together look at our environment and more importantly look at ourselves because our health is also important. I always say your health is the beginning of your wealth. Once you are not healthy you can’t even stand to go and gather wealth and we combining spiritual health with physical health and also with the drive for our moral health.”

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