Minister launches HIV/AIDS training course

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya on Wednesday launched the first local capacity-building training course for government planners on HIV/AIDS in Mafikeng.
Skweyiya urged South Africans to give more attention to children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS as a way of marking the World Population Day.
"The celebration of World Population Day and the launch of this historic course should give impetus to the country as a whole, especially researchers and government practitioners, to give more attention to millions of children who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS", he said.
The theme for World Population Day this year is Population, Environment and Sustainable Development.
Currently, an estimated 300,000 children are reported to have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
An estimated one million will be orphaned over the next 10 years.
"This is a calamity which all of us must fight and conquer.
The business community, labour, government, faith-based organisations, communities, researchers and professionals must all unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS," the minister said.
The training programme is aimed at building capacity at national, provincial and local government levels in order to deal more effectively with the pandemic.
It is a joint programme undertaken by he departments of social development, public service and administration, provincial and local government and the UN Population Fund as well as a number of universities.

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