HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign (HCT) in KwaZulu-NatalIn the month of April 2010, the Government of KwaZulu-Natal launched the HIV
Counselling and Testing Campaign to mobilize all the people of the Province to
get tested for HIV and know their status. With this campaign the Government of
KwaZulu-Natal through the Department of Health aims to test more than 3million
people in the Province over a period of fourteen months.
This campaign followed the announcement by the President of the Republic of
South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma during World AIDS Day in 2009, whereby he called on
all South Africans to continue to join forces in the fight to overcome the HIV
and AIDS epidemic. Addressing the nation, President Zuma said “All South
Africans should take steps to ensure that they do not become infected, that they
do not infect others and that they know their status. Each individual must take
responsibility for protection against HIV”.
What does HCT campaign mean to the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal?
This campaigns means that every citizen of KwaZulu-Natal is automatically
offered HIV Counselling and Testing Services in all public health institutions
throughout the Province. No citizen should leave any public health institution
without getting counseled and tested for HIV.
The campaign is run under the theme “I Am Responsible, We Are Responsible, South
Africa is Taking Responsibility”, which seeks to encourage people to take
personal responsibility for their health and HIV status. Each and every citizen
should be responsible and collectively, as communities we are responsible and we
• Overcome the challenges and barriers to HIV prevention.
• Fight ignorance and complacency related to HIV.
• Increase the awareness about the severity of the epidemic.
• Make sure that HIV prevention services are available to all.
• Prevent stigma and discrimination and support people living with HIV and AIDS.
Through funding from German and South African Governments, the Department of
Health in KwaZulu-Natal together with Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape Health
Departments benefited through a clinic upgrading programme for improved HCT
(formerly VCT) service delivery. Through this programme more than forty clinics
throughout the Province have been upgraded over the past few years. The
upgrading focused on renovating and adding more HIV counseling rooms to clinics
with insufficient rooms. The Department also works with various other sectors
outside government towards the provision of HCT services and ensuring that no
citizen is unable to access the service.
If we are to win the war of HIV and AIDS, every person must find a role to play
for the betterment of our society. People of KwaZulu-Natal come out in your
numbers and get tested for HIV. MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Sibongiseni
Dhlomo said “As a nation we must recognize the epidemic is here, in this
Province; for the crisis that it still is. We must implement the programmes that
scientific evidence tells us are most effective. We must ensure that those who
need effective prevention interventions have access to them and we must come
together to intensify efforts and stop this epidemic. For South Africa to turn
the tide on HIV and related deaths, KwaZulu-Natal must do even more because it
is where the epicenter of the HIV burden is. Together, we have the power to
change the course of the HIV epidemic in KwaZulu-Natal”.
Writer: Ms Sebe Zwane
Uhlelo Lokweluleka Nokuhlolela Isandulelangculazi (HCT) Lapha KwaZulu-NataliNgenyanga kaEphreli 2010, uHulumeni wa-KwaZulu-Natali wethule uhlelo lokweluleka
nokuhlolela iSandulelangculazi ukugqugquzela bonke abantu besiFundazwe ukuba
bahlole futhi bazi ngesimo sabo. Ngaloluhlelo uHulumeni waKwaZulu-Natali
ngoMnyango wezeMpilo uhlose ukuhlola abantu abangaphezu kwezigidi ezintathu
kwisiFundazwe ngesikhathi esiyizinyanga eziyishumi nane.
Lomkhankaso ulandela isimemezelo sikaMongameli waseMzansi Afrika, uMnu. Jacob
Zuma asenza ngoSuku Lwengculazi Lomhlaba Jikelele ngonyaka ka-2009, lapho amema
zonke izakhamuzi zaseMsanzi Afrika ukuba zibambisane ukulwa nesifo
seSandulelangculazi neNgculazi. Ekhuluma nesizwe, uMongameli Zuma usho kanje
“Bonke abantu baseMzansi Afrika kumele bathathe izinyathelo ukuqinisekisa ukuthi
abatheleleki, ukuthi abatheleli abanye kanye nokuba bazazi isimo sabo. Wonke
umuntu kumele athathe isibopho sokuzivikela egciwaneni lengculazi”.
Luchazani uhlelo lwe-HCT kwizakhamuzi za-KwaZulu-Natali?
Loluhlelo luchaza ukuthi sonke isakhamuzi sa-KwaZulu-Natali sinikezwa isidingo
nqangi sokwelulekwa nokuhlolelwa iSandulelangculazi kuzo zonke izikhungo
zikahulumeni zezempilo kuso sonke isiFundazwe. Akukho sakhamuzi okumele siphume
kwisikhungo sezempilo ngaphandle kokwelulekwa nokuhlolelwa iSandulelangculazi.
Lomkhankaso uqhutshwa ngaphansi kwesiqubulo esithi “Ngizibophezele,
Sizibophezele, uMzansi Afrika Uzibophezele”, esihlose ukugqugquzela ukuba abantu
bazibophezele ngempilo yabo kanye nesimo sabo. Nanoma yisiphi isakhamuzi kumele
sizibophezele, bese ngokubambisana siwumphakathi sizibophezele bese:
• Sinqoba izingqinamba ekuvikelweni kweSandulelangculazi.
• Silwa nokungazi okumayelana neSandulelangculazi.
• Sinyusa ulwazi nokuqwashisa mayelana nalesisifo.
• Siqinisekise ukuthi izidingo nqangi zokuvikela zitholwa uwonkewonke.
• Sivimbe ukucwaswa futhi sixhase laba abaphila nesifo seSandulelangculazi
Ngoxhaso lohulumeni baseJalimane nowaseMzansi Afrika, uMnyango wezeMpilo lapha
KwaZulu-Natali kanye neMinyango yezeMpilo yezifundazwe zaseMpumalanga
naseMpumalanga Kapa bahlomula ohlelweni lokuphakamisa imitholampilo ukwenza
ngcono ukulethwa kwezidingo zokweluleka nokuhlolela iSandulelangculazi.
Ngaloluhlelo imitholampilo engaphezu kwamashumi amane lapha esiFundazweni
iphakanyisiwe ngokugxila ekuyilungiseni nokwakha amanye amakamelo okululekela
abantu kuleyo mitholampilo ebinamakamelo angenele. Umnyango wezeMpilo uphinde
usebenze nezinye izinhlaka ezingaphandle kukahulumeni ekulethweni kwezidingo
nqangi ze-HCT nokuqinisekisa ukuthi asikho isakhamuzi esingakwazi ukuthola
Uma sizoyinqoba lempi yeSandulelangculazi neNgculazi, wonke umuntu kumele adlale
indima ekwenzeni ngcono imiphakathi yethu. Bantu ba-KwaZulu-Natali phumani
ngobuningi benu niyohlolela iSandulelangculazi. Ungqongqoshe wezeMpilo lapha
KwaZulu-Natali, uDkt. Sibongiseni Dhlomo usho kanje “Njengesizwe kumele
sikuqonde ukuthi lesisifo silapha esiFundazweni. Kumele sibeke izinhlelo
ezisebenzayo. Kumele siqinisekise ukuthi labo abadinga izinhlelo zokuzivikela
bayazithola futhi sisebenze ngokubambisana ukuvimba lesisifo. Ukuze uMzansi
Afrika ujike izinto mayelana neSandulelangculazi nokufa okuhambisana naso,
i-KwaZulu-Natali kumele isebenze kakhulu njengoba ihlaselwe yilesisifo.
Ngokubambisana, sinamandla okushintsha izinto mayelana nalesisifo lapha KwaZulu-Natali”.
Umbhali: Ms Sebe Zwane
Ungqongqoshe weZempilo KwaZulu-Natali, uDkt Sibongiseni Dhlomo (ophakathi)
ekhanyisa ikhandlela lethemba ngesikhathi eseJele laseMgungundlovu,
emkhankasweni wokugquqguzela ukweluleka nokuhlolela isandulelangculazi (HCT).
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