The global HIV awareness and charity campaign GOALS for SOUTH AFRICA announces its first official ambassador from South Africa, Dr. Nono Simelela, CEO of the South Africa National Aids Council (SANAC). According to the latest UNAIDS statistics, more than five million people in the host country of this year’s FIFA World Cup are infected with the HI virus. The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) comprises high-ranking representatives of the government and non-governmental organizations, and advises the government of South Africa regarding all issues related to HIV/AIDS and TB.
“HIV and Aids requires a comprehensive holistic response It is with this in mind that South Africa launched the HIV Counseling and Testing Campaign. This is not only about the testing of individuals (HIV status) but screening for other general health conditions and ensuring access to health care. In addition there is continuous evaluation of impact on service delivery, particularly in public health facilities. It is with this collective effort of raising awareness, and ensuring integrated, harmonious flow of operations in all fields that we can ultimately score goals towards scaling up HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support”, says Dr. Nono Simelela.
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Large international aid organizations such as Care, the German Red Cross and action medeor e.V. have already joined the campaign. Renowned politicians such as Berlin`s governing mayor Klaus Wowereit, the Chairwoman of the North Rhine-Westphalian parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Sylvia Löhrmann and Cologne`s mayor Hans-Werner Bartsch are honorary ambassadors of the campaign.
About GOALS for SOUTH AFRICA:
GOALS for SOUTH AFRICA is a private initiative that originated in late 2009 with the objective of capitalizing on the media attention paid to the FIFA World Cup to increase global awareness of the problem of HIV/Aids in South Africa and the rest of the world. In addition the campaign wants to raise as much money as possible in donations, and use the money to fund educational projects designed to stem the spread of the disease.
GOALS for SOUTH AFRICA – The World against Aids – press release