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27 Jan 2015 - 15:40

Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 January 2015—Today, the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions) announced that four leaders are joining their distinguished ranks.

The new Champions are: Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa; Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi; Alpha Oumar Konaré, former President of Mali; and Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria.“We are thrilled to welcome these respected leaders, who have championed the AIDS response in their countries and on the continent,” said Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Champions. “Now, more than ever, Africa must Fast-Track the AIDS response if we are to end the epidemic by 2030.” Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation was first launched in 2008 by Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana. The Champions programme works to ensure that all children are born free from HIV in Africa and that all people have access to quality HIV prevention and treatment services.

15 Jan 2015 - 19:55

Trust Govere
National AIDS Council

The SADC Member States and partners in the national response to HIV and AIDS have been urged not to shift HIV and AIDS resources to other areas as the pandemic is still far from over.  Speaking at the official opening of the ongoing joint meeting of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and  AIDS in Victoria Falls on the 14th of January 2015, SADC Chairperson Health Ministers, Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said that HIV and AIDS remains one of the ‘triple diseases burden alongside TB and Malaria.

14 Jan 2015 - 19:11

A JOINT meeting of Sadc Health ministers and ministers responsible for HIV and Aids is being held in Victoria Falls to discuss matters of concern in the health sector like Ebola, HIV and Aids and tuberculosis (TB).

Ruth Ngwenya
Southern Eye. Own Correspondent

Health and Child Care permanent secretary Brigadier-General Gerald Gwinji said all 15 Sadc member states are expected to attend so as to establish a regional approach to healthcare services.“The thrust of this meeting is to have a regional approach, but with a local frame,” he said.
“We want to develop similar health standards across the region, which will mean that if you go to Mozambique you will get more or less the same type of TB treatment that you would get in Zimbabwe or Malawi.”

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