SA cities sign up to meet 90-90-90 targets
Fast Track Cities South Africa
Public and Social
2015 - 2016
The 90-90-90 targets assist countries to control the HIV epidemic by setting ambitious targets to get people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and ensure they are virally suppressed. Since cities around the world contain a high percentage of people living with HIV, an initiative was launched in Paris in 2015 to fast track cities’ response to HIV.
South Africa decided, as a response to this initiative, to host a country meeting, with the aim of supporting South African municipalities to formulate their own plans to meet the 90:90:90 targets. UNAIDS contracted Genesis Analytics to support this meeting, through providing background support and facilitation at the meeting.
Nineteen municipalities were invited to the meeting, which cover almost 50% of the people living with HIV in South Africa. These included Buffalo city, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Kimberley, Mafikeng, Mbombela, Mogale, Msundunzi, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Ulundi and Umhlathuze.
Genesis used its expertise to create informative and useful municipal data sheets and a subsequent meeting report. This was done through rigorous research into each city, providing an overview of the HIV epidemic, with a focus on the response taken by the city and what the city has done to fast track the 90-90-90 targets.
Genesis was also responsible for planning and facilitating the technical meeting with officials from the municipalities, as well as supporting high-level meeting of the city mayors. The meetings produced municipal plans to address HIV and its underlying causes in all of the municipalities.
The work done at the meeting will ensure that all the major South African cities in South Africa will have a plan for dealing with HIV, for meeting the 90:90:90 targets, with support from their mayors and assisted by UNAIDS and SALGA.
TOP: Thabo Manyoni, mayor of Mangaung and chairperson of SALGA, signs the Paris declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in Mangaung.
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