Inmates to work with Mlamleli to reduce Aids in Prisons
The Department of Correctional Services and it’s HIV infected inmates have been identified and as targeted vulnerable groups for TB/AIDS by Mangaung Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli.
Mlamleli outlined the plans of the HIV/AIDS council for her five-year term at a media briefing today at her office in Bloemfontein. Mlamleli said that the said department has been identified as inmates need awareness about HIV/AIDS as many of them are infected and know little about the disease.
One of the aims of this collaborative is to ensure that in addition to receiving nutritious meals in order to boost their immune systems, inmates also take their ARV and TB treatments consistently to meet the targets set by the HIV/AIDS council.
She also added that TB should be promoted with the same vigour HIV is promoted as it also remains South Africa’s number one killer. The goals are based on a 90/90/90 strategy as provided by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which were handed down to South Africa as a member of UNAIDS.
The worldwide campaign aims to by 2020, have 90% of all people living with HIV to know their status and for 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection to receive antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. Lastly, for 90% of all people receiving ARVs to have viral suppression.
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