Today saw the fight against the scourge of HIV and Aids in our city take a giant step forward when the Nelson Mandela Bay Counseling and Testing Campaign was launched at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre in Motherwell. The launch was specifically located in Motherwell, based on the fact that it has the highest prevalence of pregnancy terminations, teenage pregnancies, HIV infections and sexual violence in Nelson Mandela Bay, according to the HIV and Aids Office Manager of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Dineo Mokonenyane.
At the launch of the Campaign, Mokonenyane presented the state of HIV and Aids and relevant factors and influences in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. Her presentation was based on a report that was presented by the Department of Health at the Nelson Mandela Bay Aids Council sitting held two weeks ago.
The awareness campaign is a partnership programme between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Departments of Health, Social Development and Education, and the Non-Governmental Organisation, Khethimpilo. The main objectives of the campaign is to decrease the rate of new HIV infections among girls and young women, decrease teenage pregnancies – especially among female learners – , keep girls in school until they finish Matric, introduce them to programmes that will assist them in furthering their studies and also decrease the number of sexual and gender based violence.
The campaign will be ongoing, and while it will cover the entire City, most of the focus will be on Motherwell. “The advantage of this Campaign