UKZN Continues the Fight Against HIV and AIDSGeneral

UKZN - a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.UKZN - a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

UKZN’s Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), HIV and AIDS programme is at the forefront of the fight against the spread of the disease, continuously introducing game changing efforts to support a more co-ordinated response to address the issues within the University community.

This year, the programme has aligned its strategic plan to the UNAIDS global 90 90 90 strategy which aims to end the pandemic by 2030. However, among its other goals for the UKZN community are that by 2020:

•           90% of all people living with HIV should know their status

•          90% of all those who are diagnosed HIV positive should be on sustained antiretroviral treatment (ART)

•           90% of those on ART should have viral suppression.

Vital to effectively align to this strategy are high prioritisation and allocation of resources, monitoring and constant evaluation, targeted action research, and intensive and sustainable collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

The response is in line with Global and National guidelines:

•           National HIV Testing Services (HTS) policy 2016

•           National Universal Test and Treat (UTT)  ART SOP 2016

•           Pre- and Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP)  - National guidelines 2016

•           Global 90 90 90 UNAIDS 2020 ambitious targets.

Ms Nomonde Magantolo, who serves as the UKZN HRH, HIV and AIDS Co-ordinator, challenged the UKZN leadership during the World AIDS Day lecture on the Westville campus last year to commit in leading the drive, saying ‘we cannot do business as usual’.

This was after Professor Salim Abdool Karim of CAPRISA revealed statistics which show that people in the 15 -25 year age group were the most vulnerable. 

The proposed vision of UKZN’s 2017 HIV and AIDS Programme Strategic Plan is to be the leading provider of HIV and AIDS and related services in Higher Education in Africa.

Thembani Khumalo