SA’s ARV pro­gramme on track

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Brian Sokutu

With more than 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple on an­tiretro­vi­rals (ARVs), South Africa’s HIV/Aids treat­ment pro­gramme is the big­gest in the world, Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza said yes­ter­day.

Govern­ment con­trib­uted 80% of the re­sources, he told a gath­er­ing mark­ing World Aids Day in the North West, and the ARV treat­ment pro­gramme had in­creased life ex­pectancy and low­ered mother-to-child HIV trans­mis­sion. “Mil­lions who pre­vi­ously had no hope of sus­tained qual­ity of life now live longer.”

He added that com­mu­nity ac­tion was “an im­por­tant pil­lar in mak­ing change hap­pen”.

“If any of us doubted the power of com­mu­nity ac­tion, look no fur­ther than Eshowe in KwaZulu-Na­tal. This com­mu­nity was able to achieve what no other com­mu­nity in South Africa or on the African con­ti­nent has achieved so far in our fight against the epi­demic.

“In Eshowe, 94% of peo­ple di­ag­nosed are on ARV treat­ment and 95% of those are vi­rally sup­pressed, which greatly de­creases trans­mis­sion. Eshowe ex­ceeded the 90-90-90 tar­get set in 2014 by the UN pro­gramme. Most of our dis­tricts have reached the first 90 of the UN’s 90-90-90 tar­get.”

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