KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, has last night addressed the 2021 Summit of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) Gala Dinner in Durban.
The three-day summit started on Wednesday, the 26th of May and it ends today, Friday, the 28th May. It is co-hosted by the Department of Social Development and the Office of the Premier, and is set to reaffirm government's commitment to involve PLHIV to discuss issues of concern.
The Department wants to ensure that the sector is involved in all Departmental activities regarding HIV and AIDS activities which include improvement of service delivery for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
The role of the Department is to address vulnerability and poverty through provision of comprehensive social protection, psychosocial support, anti-substance abuse, victim empowerment and child care, among others.
HIV and AIDS programmes, particularly those that include the participation of communities through funded Non Profit Organisations has been intensified.
There are over 221 funded Home Community Based Care (HCBC) Organisations rendering HIV and AIDS services across the province. This summit is also aimed at ensuring that beneficiaries have a common understanding with the Department regarding services that are rendered. The summit is focusing on strategies to reduce numbers of HIV patients defaulting on their anti-retroviral treatment (ART).
There will also be a candlelight memorial service to raise social conscience about HIV and AIDS, highlight the importance of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.