The lockdown has impacted on South Africa’s ARV treatment programme, delaying the South African National Aids Council national strategy. Yet, Covid-19 has also brought with it innovations in treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and STIs.
Last week the World Health Organsiation (WHO) changed its treatment recommendations for the deadliest form of TB, drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), following South Africa’s bold decision.
The editor-in-chief of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has joined calls for UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé to be suspended after his controversial handling of sexual assault accusations.
The world’s most important HIV scientific conference is currently underway in Paris – yet mere days ago, one of the country’s iconic AIDS activists died after battling with tuberculosis and pneumonia, a reminder that we’re nowhere near out of the woods when it comes to the virus.
Within days, the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) will have no CEO and there are fears that powerful individuals within the council intend to take advantage of the leadership vacuum for their own gain.