The uMfolozi Municipality officially launched the Local Aids Council and Operation Sukuma Sakhe Local Task Team. The launch was held on Monday 19 December 2016 at the uMfolozi Municipal Hall.
UMfolozi Municipality is committed to achieving an HIV free generation as well as offering quality support to all residents that are affected or infected with HIV/AIDS. Under the umbrella of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, the Aids Council will conduct campaigns that will educate the community on ways to prevent the spread of HIV and TB. South Africa still has a high infection rate of HIV/Aids and government is now seeking to work with municipalities’ in order to lower the number of people being infected with the virus.
The Aids Council will address the following:
- Addressing social and structural barriers to HIV, STIs and TB prevention, care and impact.
- Preventing new HIV, STI and TB infections.
- Sustaining health and wellness of citizens.
- Increasing the protection of human rights and improving access to justice to people affected or infected with HIV/Aids or TB.
The Local Aids Council’s will assist the uMfolozi Municipality to better understand the challenges fced by people that are affected and infected with the virus. The Council’s will also be responsible for collect ward-level data on HIV that will help inform not only provincial councils, but also the South African National AIDS Council.
Director of Corporate Service Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlela, Member of Parliament Ms Nocawu Mafu, Deputy Director of Corporate Services Mr Thami Xulu and Pastor S. Sithole with the members of the newly formed Local Aids Councils
uMfolozi Deputy Mayor Cllr, Smangele Thabethe, Director of Corporate Service Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlela, Member of Parliament Ms Nocawu Mafu, Deputy Director of Corporate Services Mr Thami Xulu and Pastor S. Sithole with other stakeholders at the launch of the uMfolozi Local Aids Council.