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TB, is the world’s top infectious disease killer, claiming 5 000 lives each day. The heaviest burden is carried by communities already facing socio-economic challenges such as  migrants, refugees, prisoners, ethnic minorities, miners and others working and living in risk-prone settings, and marginalized women, children and older people (WHO: 2017).

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Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Chiawa leading the way for the SAfAIDS Rock Leaders 90 programme in Kafue District, Zambia

KAFUE, 26 October 2016 - Chieftainess HRH Chiawa of Kafue District in Zambia has gone against the odds by committing  her team of 39 headmen to embrace the SAfAIDS rock leadership programme that seeks to strengthen the capacity of community leadership to champion and lead HIV community responses to achieve the UNAIDS fast track targets by 2020 and end AIDS by 2030.

Village-to-village outreach strengthens Demand for HIV testing

Seke Rural Home Based Care, with support from SAfAIDS, conducted a Village-to-Village (V2V) Demand Creation Community Dialogue on the 18th of October 2016, at Nyakurwi Primary School in Marondera rural district, which reached 136 people, including five traditional leaders, Chief Svosve’s representative and the Ward Councillor.

Infamous beer halls in Norton scooping all: Young people, men and women

The community gathered at Ndaiziva Community Development Trust

 

SAfAIDS partner, Ndaiziva Community Development Trust, organised an intergenerational dialogue in Norton, facilitated by SAfAIDS, and attended by stakeholders including the police victim friendly unit, the hospital, local schools, village health workers, behaviour change facilitators, the National AIDS council, community leaders, Norton councillors, church leaders and parents.The dialogue aimed to address the negative views and practices towards women and girls that fuel gender-based violence and enhance the capacity of men, women and young people to champion positive gender patterns and practices and reduce HIV and GBV.Norton is a multi-cultural society with citizens of Malawian, Zambian and Zimbabwean descent and an estimated population of 80–100,000 people.

Commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, 10 October 2016

SAfAIDS media desk, 11 October 2016 (SAfAIDS) - The Government of Zimbabwe joined the world in the commemoration of the International Day of the girl child. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Goals Progress = Girls’ progress”. SAfAIDS, as one of the stakeholders, took part in the commemoration which was held at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development. Girl representatives from Herentials College and Trust Academy gathered to be addressed by the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Nyasha E Chikwinya and her deputy,Abigal Damasani.  The purpose of the commemoration was to reaffirm national commitment to realising the potential of the girl child.

SAfAIDS Statement on the International Day of the Girl Child

SAfAIDS Media desk, 11 October 2016 (SAfAIDS) - SAfAIDS joins countries worldwide in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated by the UN on 11 October each year. UN Women works to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocating for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage and mobilising communities against the practice.

Rapid Response Fund launched for LGBT and MSM groups

SAfAIDS Media Desk, 05 September 2016 (SAfAIDS) - Same-sex relations are illegal in 36 of Africa's 55 countries according to Amnesty International (2014). Despite national policies that emphasise equity and social justice and forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation, sub Saharan Africa still has many reported cases of physical and sexual violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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