Together in the Fight against HIV and AIDS | Western Cape Government


Together in the Fight against HIV and AIDS

30 November 2011

Fighting the surge of HIV and AIDS in South Africa has been a major challenge, especially in the Western Cape. Today, as the world celebrates World AIDS Day, Western Cape Government Health reflects on the last 18 months and the significant inroads into curbing this dreaded disease.

Message from the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha

Western Cape Government Health is a willing and successful partner for HIV Testing and Counselling, and our track record in this regard stands testimony to this. 747 139 were achieved against a target of 554 244 in the Annual Performance Plan 2010/2011. This target was then increased to 1.1 million for a 15-month period from May 2010 till end July 2011. The final number of patients tested was 1 042 942. We had an 8% HIV positivity rate. Translated into numbers, it is 83 435 patients. It is estimated that about 20% of the latter number can receive antiretroviral treatment.

Through triple therapy, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV the current transmission rate is below 3% while the number of patients placed on antiretroviral therapy is exceeding 100 000.

This provincial government is committed to the battle against HIV/AIDS and will continue to allocate budget towards this battle. In fact, we regard this as one of our most important health obligations towards the public of the Western Cape. Given this responsibility, we call on individuals to take responsibility for their own health and for the risks they take in making irresponsible decisions affecting their own health. Become our partners in government to eradicate the scourges of ill health and contribute to wellness.

Fact Sheet

Media Release: World AIDS Day Gala Concert

Media Enquiries: 

Hélène Rossouw
Spokesperson for Western Cape Minister of Health
Cell: 082 771 8834
Tel: 021 483 4426

Angelique Jordaan
Principal Communications Office: Head Office
Cell: 084 293 6277
Tel: 021 483 3563