DA WELCOMES WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL AIDS COUNCIL

Anroux Marais MPP

DA Western Cape spokesperson for Health in the Member of Western Cape Provincial Parliament

In a Standing Committee meeting on Health, held on 25 July 2012, the Department of Health presented the Western Cape Provincial AIDS Council (PAC) to the committee. The PAC serves as a multi-sector forum, driving co-ordination and the implementation of the National and Provincial Strategic Plans to reduce the burden of disease.

The PAC is driven by four strategic objectives. These include: addressing social and structural barriers to HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; preventing new HIV, STI and TB infections; sustain health and wellness and ensure the protection of human rights and increase access to justice.

The PAC is a transversal body, which will advise government on the management of HIV/AIDS, STI’s and TB. As spokesperson for the DA on health, I am encouraged by the PAC’s proposed long term vision of 20 years, which is characterised by three zeros: zero new infections from HIV and TB, zero deaths associated with HIV/AIDS and TB and zero discrimination.

The DA welcomes the PAC and looks forward to working “Better Together” in achieving their prescribed objectives. Co-operative governance ensures that the burden of disease will be reduced, especially in the Western Cape, who continues to be the national leader in healthcare.

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