The UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme engaged stakeholders in support of the 90-90-90 strategy set by the United Nations, during a briefing session on the Westville campus.
The 90-90-90 strategy aims to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will be in receipt of sustained ART, and 90% of those receiving ART will have viral suppression.
The aim of the session was to thank stakeholders for partnering with UKZN in order to ensure that HIV and AIDS-related services are provided to students, and are in sync with what KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa are trying to do.
UKZN’s Executive Director: Student Services, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu commended the stakeholders for partnering with the University and reminded them that collaboration with UKZN was not taken lightly as it was the only way to achieve a positive outcome.
HIV and AIDS Programme Co-Ordinator, Ms Nomonde Magantolo gave background on the success of the University’s recent 90-90-90 strategy launch and fun run attended by more than 500 guests of whom 350 were students.
However, she said UKZN was still far from achieving the strategy’s first goal and more buy in was still needed from internal and external stakeholders.
Chalufu said there were still challenges around the epidemic. He said men were still using women as proxy by knowing their status through their female partners.
Chalufu said it is not impossible to have an HIV free generation.
Stakeholders in attendance included the eThekwini Municipality, the Office of the Premier, the KZN Department of Health and non-profit organisations.