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Mpumalanga loses ground in war on HIV
According to a review of South Africa's national strategic plan to deal with HIV, published by advocacy group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and social equality group Section27, Mpumalanga is "one of the provinces where South Africa's plans to fight HIV and tuberculosis has been most poorly implemented.
A report on the national strategic plan in December 2012 shows that the Mpumalanga Provincial Aids Council was only launched in November 2009, almost three years after the national health department's strategy document, titled the National Strategic Plan of 2007-2011 for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis, had been implemented.
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Fighting HIV underground
Some 30 years ago, word seeped out of the United States of a strange new disease that affected gay men. South Africans paid little attention. In 1985, around the time when actor Rock Hudson admitted he had Aids, the apartheid government was preoccupied with declaring the first State of Emergency.
Hospice now a child-care unit as Aids deaths decline
Cotlands, a non-profit children's welfare organisation, recorded zero HIV-Aids related deaths in the past three years.
Elsie Bogatswe is very lucky to be alive. Infected with HIV in 1998 during the early years of the pandemic, she remembers that for most people back then it was a death sentence.
"I didn't understand," says Elsie "I didn't know AIDS. I didn't know anybody with HIV/AIDS."
By 1994 Elsie was desperately ill. By the time she sought medical help, the mother of three was near death.
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