The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts
The 8th South African AIDS Conference 2017 will be held from 13-15 June in Durban, South Africa. Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA) will be part of the 8th Southern African AIDS Conference. The conference is a gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the epidemic.
The Conference theme: The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts provides a unique opportunity to ignite everyone’s energy around HIV prevention relating to structural changes required for HIV/AIDS prevention in Southern Africa. This time around, the conference is designed to mainly bring back the human perspective hence the clarion call - every voice counts.
According to Dr Sue Goldstein, Conference Chairperson, Southern Africa is in its strongest position yet when it comes to control of the AIDS epidemic, however there are a number of major gaps that still need to be addressed and plugged. She further says prevention has always been the poor relative of the epidemic.
With the aim to assist in reducing the high number of new HIV infections in South Africa and linking high incident communities and key populations to HIV and TB prevention, care and support services, Humana People to People initiated an intervention called a Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). TCE program does not only help to reduce the number of new HIV infections but also equips individuals with the tools they need to take control of the epidemic, break down the stigma that still surrounds the epidemics as well as to stop the spread of HIV.
Founded on the ethos that “Only the people can liberate themselves from HIV”, TCE is currently the largest mobile HIV home testing and counselling unique approach in South Africa that runs in 5 provinces empowering communities to fight the challenges of HIV/AIDS and TB. The program reaches every single person in its operational area through door-to-door campaigns, individual counselling, and community mobilisation.
TCE recruits and employ community members to create development, train them as TCE Field Officers, Peer Educators and Counsellors that are responsible for carrying out campaigns of community sensitization about, and mobilization against HIV and AIDS. In the 8th Southern African Conference you can find the latest advances in basic sciences alongside an emphasis on how to be part of lasting change to prevent new infections.
Humana People to People an organization to which Humana People to People South Africa is a member has been actively involved with addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic since the turn of the new millennium. The TCE concept is now adapted to the demands of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets of Ending AIDS by 2030. The TCE thrust in South Africa as it is mostly in Southern Africa is to get many people diagnosed against HIV infection, get the ones infected enrolled on treatment and engage the people on treatment to adhere ARV drugs uptake until HIV viral load is suppressed in their body system. Over 30 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and China have been impacted by the TCE program over the past almost 2 decades.
The TCE concept form part of how Humana People to People is contributing to the implementation and subsequent of achievement of the UN declared Sustainable Development Goals 3 of “Ensure healthy lives & promote well-being for all at all ages”.
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