HPP Attends the international AIDS conference 2016 in Durban
The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), themed Access Equity Rights Now, took place on the 18th-22nd July 2016 in Durban, South Africa and HPP had an opportunity to attend in partnership with the Ministry of Health. The AIDS Conference was the premier meeting where science, leadership and community meet for advancing all facets of collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV. The conference demonstrated, how much progress countries have made in implementing and funding evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions. This brought together people to share best practices, learn from one another’s experience and develop new strategies and collaborations.
Gathering in Durban, HPP from different countries showed the huge results from the countries on prevention, home HIV testing, Taking Control of TB and Gender Based Violence in partnership with USAID according to the 90-90-90 UNAIDS strategy.
Among the delegates attending the conference, was the Bamaletes’ Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, a co-presenter with HPP Country Director Mr. Moses Juma Zulu on the CATCH (Communities Acting Together to Control HIV/AIDS) approach which is taking place in South East district in Botswana. Mr. Moses Juma Zulu highlighted during the presentation that this is a community driven approach as a response to HIV and health. The communities of the concerned villages are the ones running the activities. This is to show and remind all to build on peoples’ power and believing in it as a weapon to control the epidemic. The approach is hosted by and highly supported by the local authorities, being the chiefs and village development committees.
The HPP display stall at the 2016 AIDS Conference, Country Director Mr. Moses Juma Zulu, with some delegates from Ministry of Health and NACA.
Some demonstrators at the AIDS conference in Durban protesting on the price of ARVs charged by pharmaceuticals. It emerged that some pharmaceuticals charge high prices for the ARVs, which most patients cannot afford, hence destructing the goal of reduce HIV/AIDS related deaths.