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  • Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, KwaZulu Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla and Ms Mandisa Dlamini visited Gugu Dlamini Park to signal their commitment to combating stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

  • Activist Musa Njoko welcomes SANAC Chair Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Community Village

  • "We now know that the fight against HIV and AIDS can be won" SANAC Chair Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the opening ceremony of the South African AIDS Conference.

  • "People continue to face harassment, prejudice and violence. Sometimes the discrimination is not overt, it is silent and secret. It could be a glance, a whisper or a social snub."

  • Mandisa Dlamini was 13 when her mother Gugu Dlamini was beaten to death after disclosing her HIV status. She told the audience that after her mother's death, she was labelled a seed of HIV.

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SANAC pledges action to eliminate stigma attached to HIV & TB

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) has announced concrete measures to tackle persistent forms of stigma and discrimination that continue to affect large numbers of people infected with HIV and/or TB. These measures include a legal advice and litigation service offered through the nationwide network of Justice Centres run by Legal Aid South Africa.
 
SANAC Chair Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla launched the campaign on Tuesday 9 June in Durban at the release of nationwide research commissioned by SANAC to establish a Stigma Index. The Index provides details of the nature, extent and depth of stigma affecting people with HIV and TB.
 
The Stigma Index survey gathered information from 10 473 people living with HIV (PLHIV) and was undertaken by the Human Sciences Research Council on behalf of SANAC. Key partners in the survey were the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA), the Positive Women’s Network, and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Download the report: icon The People Living With HIV Stigma Index: South Africa 2014 - Summary Report (586.37 kB)

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SANAC at the 7th SA AIDS Conference 

SANAC will be participating in a number of events during the SA AIDS Conference, the country’s largest gathering of HIV researchers, policymakers, activists and people living with HIV. The conference is on in Durban, South Africa, from 9 to12 June. Take a peek at what SANAC is doing at the conference.

Visit SANAC at booth 68 in the exhibition hall

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Launch of National HIV and TB Stigma Campaign
 
In his capacity as chair of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch the national HIV and TB stigma reduction interventions in Durban on 9 June, as delegates gather in the city for the 7th SA AIDS Conference.
 
The results of South Africa’s first National Stigma Index Survey will also be released at this event.
SANAC undertook the study – which involved 10 000 respondents and is the largest of its kind in the world – in partnership with people living with HIV.
 
The stigma reduction programmes rest on strategic partnerships involving South African and international organisations in the state and civil society sectors.
 
In addition to the Stigma Index, key interventions are:

  • A nationwide legal service for people with HIV and TB who experience stigma and infringements of their human rights.
  • A community-based stigma reduction programme that is being developed and tested in the Eastern Cape and will eventually be extended to all provinces.
  • Communication campaigns to raise public awareness of stigma and help build a more supportive society. 

Time: Tuesday 9 June
Date: 14h00 15h30
Venue: Hall 5 Durban International Convention Centre

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NSP Implementation: Where are we now?

South Africa’s third National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2017. We are more than halfway through the implementation of the NSP, and the time has come to review the progress made over this period at all levels.

This satellite session will discuss:
• Key findings of the NSP progress report
• PMTCT evaluation
• Where are we with the Mid Term Review?

Date: Wednesday 10 June
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Venue: Hall 8B Durban International Convention Centre

Panelists:
Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim, CAPRISA and Chair of SANAC Prevention Technical Task Team, Dr Ameena Goga, Medical Research Council and Dr Saul Johnson, SANAC Mid Term Review Support. The session will be chaired by South African National AIDS Council CEO, Dr Fareed Abdullah.

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Realising the “DREAMS” of young women

Teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are up to 8 times more likely to be infected with HIV than their male peers. SANAC in partnership with key stakeholders is developing a strategy and approach towards an AIDS Free generation for young women and girls. This satellite session will share initiatives undertaken by various partners; and explore new innovative approaches to reduce the impact of the epidemic on young women and girls.

Date : Wednesday 10 June
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: Hall 8B Durban International Convention Centre

Panelists: Prof Lucie Cluver, Petro Rousseau, Dr Connie Kganakga and Lebo Ramafoko

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Stigma Index Survey: Research into Action

Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment. There are now laws to protect people living with HIV and we have a much better understanding of the virus and the underlying factors that place people at risk of HIV infection. Despite these advances, stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with or affected by HIV.

SANAC undertook South Africa’s first National Stigma Index Survey, interviewing more than 10 000 HIV-positive people in 18 districts, the largest survey of its kind in the world. The survey was an initiative driven by people with HIV, for people with HIV. This report provides an objective view that will serve as a baseline for future comparisons.

This session will release the results of the survey, and look at the ground-breaking campaign that will address the levels of stigma and discrimination in South Africa. Panelists include Ms Prudence Mabele, from Positive Women’s Network, Mr Anele Yawa from Treatment Action Campaign, Mr Mluleki Zazini from National Association for People Living with HIV, Prof Leickness Simbayi from the Human Science Research Council and Dr Fareed Abdullah, CEO of the South African National AIDS Council.

Date : Wednesday 10 June
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Venue: Hall 8B Durban International Convention Centre

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The Global Fund Grant

South Africa’s current Global Fund grant runs from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016. The 6 Principal Recipients for this grant are: The National Department of Health, the Western Cape Department of Health, Soul City, Networking AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), The National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD) and Right to Care (RTC). From April 2014 to 31 December 2014, the Global Fund has disbursed 89.7 million USD in total amongst the 6 Principal Recipients.

This session will discuss the impact of the funds.

  • A word on the Global Fund and its work with South Africa Dr. Maxim Berdnikov, SA GF Fund Portfolio Manager
  • Information on the Global Fund Country Co-ordinating Mechanism (GFCCM) Dr Fareed Abdullah, Chairperson of the GF CCM
  • Overview of the SA Global Fund Grant Portfolio Dr Nevilene Slingers, SANAC Manager Donor Coordination
  • Experience of a Principal Recipient

Date : Thursday 11 June
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: Hall 8B Durban International Convention Centre

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