Africa and STI’s
Next week in Nairobi, researchers from Africa and beyond will attend the International Conference on AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICASA). Chairperson of the conference, Dr. Malaki Owili, says African governments must provide treatment and care for HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The ICASA meeting runs from September 21st to 26th, 2003.
THANDEKA: Le nkongolo ijongene nezifo ezasulelana ngesondo nogawulayo okanye i-ICASA.
Translation:ICASA’s main objective is to unite African scientists in the fight against opportunistic diseases, HIV and the provision of anti AIDS drugs says Dr. Malaki Owili. He says Africans should start sharing information on factors affecting them.
DR OWILI: This conference has been going on since 1990 in African countries its purpose is to unite all the African Scientists and share our experiences and observations on HIV in Africa. The last ICASA meeting was held in Ouagadougou in West Africa and this time this September it will be held in Nairobi it is a very important meeting for the Africans scientists and clinicians working in HIV and we intend to have about 8 000 delegates coming from Africa and Europe to attend this important meeting. So really we are appealing to the African scientists not even scientists but even the community to come forward and listen and share with us our experiences on HIV management. The topic (theme) this time is ‘care and challenges in HIV’.
THANDEKA: Uthi kusekho ingxaki enkulu eAfrika nalapho amachiza okunyanga izifo ezosulelayo ngesondo nogawulayo zingafane zifumaneke nje kuba zibiza kakhulu utsho ebala ii-ARV’s nezizithomalalisi kwintholongwane kagawulayo.Ubongongoza izirhulumente ukuba zingenelele nalapho kufuneka zizame ukunikezela lamachiza.
Translation:DR OWILI: Well, we have a lot of problems here especially in Afrika, first of all challenges in the access to the medicine, access to the drugs that they use in the treatment or the management of HIV and AIDS and also sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the drugs as we know are known as ARV, the anti retroviral drugs are very expensive. An ordinary African cannot afford to get these drugs. So the governments, the African governments have to put their heads together and find out how the people suffering with HIV can have access to the drugs. What I mean about that, I mean reduce the price and find ways or means how these drugs can reach the people. We have also other challenges these are diagnostic challenges how can we really have the diagnostic kits which are cheaper that we can use to first make a diagnosis of the disease and also to monitor the treatment process of this disease. And other challenge are that we would like our politicians to really recognize that AIDS is really appalling and find out in general how we can reduce AIDS in Africa.
THANDEKA:Ndimbuza ukuba ngaba ucinga ukuba iinkokheli zeAfrica ziyamamela xa kuthethwa ngogawulayo yaye zithabatha inxaxheba ekusombuleni ugawulayo. Uthi ewe ziyazama ukuthetha ngalemiba uthi unethemba lokuba imibutho efana ‘Nemanyano yeAfrica’ (African Unity) ingadlala indima enkulu ukulwa imiba efana nogawulayo ngoncedo oluvela kumazwe aseNtshona.
Translation: DR OWILI: Well, I’m sure they are able to do this because there was a meeting in Abuja and in this meeting they discussed about AIDS and I’m sure the organization of Africans if they get together and put HIV/AIDS as one of the very important issues to be discussed we would be able to do that with the help from the West. We will be able to tackle this, it is very important that we get the moral support from our governments because scientists cannot work in isolation they work together with the governments.
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