URC Participates in 6th South African AIDS Conference

URC participated in the 6th South African AIDS Conference last week in Durban, South Africa, sharing knowledge to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The conference convened experts; professionals; those with extensive knowledge in the HIV/AIDS field, including policy makers, researchers, activists, and people living with HIV/AIDS; and others committed to ending the pandemic.  The event aimed to engage sub-Saharan Africa in an active dialogue on how to successfully advance efforts to combat the pandemic. This year’s theme was “Building on Successes: Integrating Systems.”  

 

Our Commitment to HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa

URC is committed to finding and implementing innovative, evidence-based solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including expanding access to HIV services and improving the quality of those services. Our Increasing Access to HIV Testing and Counseling project, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, worked with the national and provincial Departments of Health in South Africa to expand access to and the use of provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling (PICT). In an effort to combat the dual epidemic of TB and HIV co-infections, our USAID-funded Tuberculosis (TB) Program South Africa works closely with the South African National Department of Health, provinces, districts, and other stakeholders to develop and implement strategic interventions that address the threats of TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB.

The conference gave URC an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned from these and previous projects. Below is a list of our presentations.

SATELLITE SESSION

Is PICT feasible at primary healthcare facilities? Results from Project Status: A randomized control trial of HCT models (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)
Discussion by Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Project Director, Increasing Access to HIV Testing and Counseling project
Date: Wednesday, June 19

POSTER PRESENTATION

Quality improvement in care and treatment for TB/HIV co-infected patients in Ventersdorp [Municipality], Dr Kenneth Kaunda [District], North West Province: The USAID TB Program experience.
By Mpho Ratshikana-Moloko, Project Director, TB Program South Africa
Date: Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday June 19

PARALLEL SESSION 4, TRACK 5: Role of social media in HIV and AIDS response

Advocacy and social mobilization, strategies to improve early presentation of TB? [Care for] HIV-infected patients in Sedibeng District, Gauteng
By Mpho Ratshikana-Moloko
Date: Thursday, June 20

About the Conference

The first South African AIDS Conference occurred in Durban in 2003.  Since then, the South African research community has made contributions to and is a recognized key player in the global search for solutions to the pandemic. According to Conference Chairperson Professor Koleka Mlisana, one of the major milestones the conference organizers have accomplished is preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, with 98% of women being tested for HIV during pregnancy and almost 92% of HIV-positive mothers receiving ARV treatment or prophylaxis.

Date 
June 24, 2013
Authors 
Fridah Wanjiku, Communications Intern, URC
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