HIV/Aids

31 October 2008

Pandor adopts HIV/Aids policy

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has adopted a Policy Framework on HIV and Aids for Higher Education, the education department said.

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Education Minister Naledi Pandor has adopted a Policy Framework on HIV and Aids for Higher Education, the education department said.

The document, which was adopted in conjunction with 23 higher education institutions, recognises the importance of such institutions in preventing new HIV infections, providing access to treatment, and care and support for staff and students infected and affected by the pandemic.

Also, it is aimed at guiding and informing higher education institutions as they develop and operationalise their institutional strategies to mitigate the impact of HIV and Aids in the higher education sector.

Plan to include adequate guidelines for institutions
"We will soon have the prevalence figures available that will help us appreciate the size of the challenge within our campus communities. This will help us comprehend the financial implications of developing a comprehensive response that is sustainable and geared to the real size of the problem we face," Pandor said.

The Policy Framework, which followed months of research, also acknowledged the existing prevention treatment, care, support and research activities that are taking place across the sector.

"It also provides a road map with adequate guidelines for the institutions that starting to consider and operationalise sustained HIV and AIDS programmes," said Dr Shaidah Asmall. Asmall is the programme director of Higher HEAIDS, the HIV and Aids programme of the higher education sector. – (Sapa, October 2008)

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