Daitz Information Gateway funds World AIDS Day Event in Umlazi, KZN

For World AIDS Day 2013, the HIV Pathogenesis Programme's (HPP) Health Promotion team organised an HIV awareness and prevention event for the community of Umlazi where the majority of HPP clinics are situated.  Their entertaining and educational programme, funded in part by the Victor Daitz Information Gateway, drew a large crowd who were also attracted by the free mass HIV counselling and testing on offer.  The event began with engaging participants in HIV motivational songs and chants which served to announce the event to the community and attract onlookers and passersby.  The programme itself was designed to address local problems surrounding HIV/ AIDS and was delivered in isiZulu.  Speakers from various organisations were invited to speak, with talks focused on spreading awareness of HIV, the importance of testing as well as hope for the role of science in developing a vaccine and a cure.  Victor Daitz Chair of TB and HIV and HPP Director, Professor Thumbi Ndung'u, welcomed the public and spoke about the importance of engaging the community and collaborations in fighting the HIV epidemic.  70 people took advantage of the free counselling and testing facilities, 7 of whom tested positive for HIV.

Publication Date: Dec 2013