HIV/Aids was a global
challenge, and possibly one of
"We have come
together therefore to join hands so that we can turn difficulties into
opportunities and intensify our campaign of hope, and refuse to be defeated by
this epidemic," Chikane said on behalf of Deputy President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma, the chairperson
of the SA National Aids Council, could not attend the ceremony in
Chikane said that in
terms of resources, the budget for home-based care and community-based care
increased from R25m in 2001 to R138m in 2004/2005.
"Let me also
remind you that government's special HIV/AIDS budget has also been increased
from R350-million in 2001/2002 to R1-billion in 2002/2003, and will expand
further to R1,8-billion in 2004/2005.
R1.8 billion has been allocated to South Africa through the Global Fund to fight
Aids, TB and Malaria, and SANAC (SA National Aids Council) has now endorsed a
second round of submissions to the Global Fund," he said.
Nelson Mandela told traditional leaders in
People should stop
blaming and criticising government for the research, he said.
government) are right in conducting the research," Mandela said.
New National Party
leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the capacity for rapid response was possibly
the most important element in the national fight against HIV/Aids.
"In much the same
way as any successful war is waged, the war on HIV/Aids requires a number of
vital elements to be in place if we are to achieve victory. "Perhaps the
single most important of these elements is to create the capacity for rapid
response," he said at a ceremony on
Van Schalkwyk said
that for 21 years the world had been living and dealing with Aids, and
ever-growing numbers of HIV-positive individuals.
after 1981, an entire generation, have never known a world without Aids,"
He was speaking during
a visit to a paediatric ward at
Labour movements said
that workers should have access to the best possible treatment for HIV/Aids,
including antiretroviral drugs where required.
The federations said
all South Africans had a right to, among others, accurate and understandable
information on HIV/Aids.
In Musina, people
gathered at the Nancefield stadium to listen to provincial health MEC Sello
Moloto outline his plans to roll out the province's nevirapine programme at
Health Minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang lit her candle at the Absa Stadium to mark the day. She was
accompanied by senior government officials and musicians who entertained the
Two of the
government's "Khomanani campaigns" - the circles of support campaign
and the youth campaign - have formed a major part of the national HIV/Aids
The youth campaign
directly targets children by promoting safer sex and encouraging them to delay
sex by at least a few years.
The circles of support campaign was formed to improve care and support, reduce stigmatisation and increase community support for orphans and vulnerable children affected by the pandemic.