For years, civil society organisations and gender-based violence activists have called on the government to put policies in place to address the staggering levels of violence against women, children and the queer community in the country.
Most of the country’s attention is focussed on condom use to prevent HIV, but other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a serious problem — and can exacerbate risk of HIV infection.
The long awaited National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs has finally been unveiled by the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), a body responsible for building consensus across government, civil society and all other stakeholders to drive an enhanced country response to HIV, TB and STIs.
The new plan that to guide South Africa’s fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) fails to address some of “the drivers of the epidemics”, like overcrowding and sexual violence in prisons.
The National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB sets a number of goals that are measured against a set of indicators. The NSP Review, a joint publication between the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27, has attempted to gather the data that is currently available.