Swaziland : HIV Incidence Measurement Survey

UNAIDS congratulates Kingdom of Swaziland on achieving over 73% viral load suppression among adults living with HIV and a major reduction in HIV incidence between 2011 and 2016

UNAIDS congratulates the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini today in Mbabane, Swaziland that 73% of the adult population aged 15 years and older are virally suppressed—76% of adult women and 68% of adult men. The survey, part of the Public Health Impact Assessments (PHIA), was conducted with funding from United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“Swaziland has demonstrated to the world that shared responsibility and global solidarity produces results,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. “Working together with PEPFAR and partners, Swaziland is saving lives and on track to control the epidemic.”

SHIMS 2 findings on, viral load suppression among adults of 15 years and older of 73% affirms UNAIDS estimates of 68% [54%–77%]. Compared to the 2011 SHIMS1 survey which had a similar design, the survey results suggest that the rate of new HIV infections among adults (ages 18-49 years) has decreased by half from 2.5% in 2011 to 1.4% in 2016 (2.0% for adult women and 0.9% for adult men). This is similar to the decline in incidence among adult ages 15-49 as published by UNAIDS: from 2.5% [2.3%–2.6%] in 2011 to 1.7% [1.4%–2.0%] in 2016.

In 2016, UNAIDS estimated that 220 000 [200 000—230 000] people were living with HIV in Swaziland, and that new HIV infections were reduced from 12 000 [12 000—13 000] in 2011 to 8800 [7300—11 000] in 2016. Prevention of mother to child coverage in Swaziland has been between 90 and 100% since 2011 and was estimated to be 95% [81%–>95%] in 2016. As a result fewer than 1000 children became infected with HIV in Swaziland in 2016.

“UNAIDS welcomes the Swaziland PHIA results as further affirmation of the validity and accuracy of our modelling estimates.” said Mr Sidibé.

The data from the SHIMS2 are part of the PHIA, funded by PEPFAR and conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In addition to the Swaziland survey, similar data from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe were gathered through critical household surveys, in collaboration with local governmental and non-governmental partners in 2016.

UNAIDS congratulates PEPFAR for their unwavering commitment to the global AIDS response. PEPFAR works with more than 50 countries, to maintain access to life-saving treatment, provide services for orphans and vulnerable children, ensure that the most vulnerable and key populations have access to services to prevent and treat HIV and accelerate progress toward the end of the AIDS epidemic.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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South Africa : National campaign Against Violence Towards Women and Children

Minister Shabangu to participate at the Media Launch of the National campaign “Against Violence Towards Women and Children”

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Hon. Susan Shabangu invites media to the launch of a National campaign “Against Violence Towards Women and Children” which has been initiated by the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC), Rhema Family Churches (RFC), International Federation of Christian Churches (IFCC) in partnership with Civil Society formations like SAVE SA and Section27.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: 25 July 2017
Venue: The Palazzo Hotel in Fourways
Time: 11h00

RSVPs and Media Enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa on 082 611 8197 / peter.mbelengwa@women.gov.za.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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Pope Francis donates to FAO to assist drought and conflict-stricken populations in East Africa

Pope Francis donates to FAO to assist drought and conflict-stricken populations in East Africa

In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO’s efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis said the funds are “a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought.”

The pontiff’s remarks were contained in a letter written to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva by Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN food agencies in Rome.

Pope Francis’ gesture stemmed from a pledge he made in a message to FAO’s Conference on 3 July 2017 and was “inspired also by the desire to encourage Governments,” Monsignor Chica wrote in the letter.

Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February and while the situation has eased after a significant scaling up in the humanitarian response, some 6 million people in the country are still struggling to find enough food every day.

Meanwhile the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in five other East African countries – Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – is currently estimated at about 16 million, which marks an increase of about 30 percent since late 2016.

Pope Francis, who has made solidarity a major theme of his pontificate, is set to visit FAO’s headquarters on 16 October to mark
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South Africa : Launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation

President Zuma to Address the Launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 22 July 2017, address the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation whose aim is to support underprivileged children in various fields, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Foundation, which is named after its founder and Grand Patron, Mr Truman Magubane, will support underprivileged children particularly in the fields of education, leadership training, cultural activities and sports in uMsunduzi and surrounding areas in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mr Magubane, a former Chief Whip in uMsunduzi Local Municipality, is one of the most respected struggle stalwarts and a former Robben Island prisoner is well known for his noble and fearless leadership he displayed during the liberation struggle and has also made an enormous contribution in the development of the country since the dawn of democracy.

The event will take place as follows:
Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017
Time: 16h00
Venue: Pietermaritzburg City Hall, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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