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