June 13, 2017

The battle against HIV/Aids can be won

Written by Katleho Morapela, OFM News

This post originally appeared on OFM.

Bloemfontein – Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and advocacy groups for people living with HIV/Aids are calling on the government to join hands in combating the challenges still faced by HIV-infected people in the country.

This comes amidst the 8th Southern African Aids Conference starting in Durban today. The Positive Action Campaign’s Sello Mokhalipi says the time has come for the government to ensure that its policies are implemented and that people at grassroots level are afforded quality health care services. He says there is an urgent need for the government to collaborate with NGOs in ensuring that the battle against the spread of HIV/Aids is won.

“We can talk about all these things, have several Imbizo’s and all these other events, but there are people who we still can’t reach, especially when it comes to addressing the issue of TB, STI, and HIV. The only way in which the Department of Health can win this battle is by utilising the NGOs that are available and vocal. We do not want to be the enemy of the Department of Health. We basically just want to be part of the solution to the existing challenges.”

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