South African government steps up collaboration with private sector to tackle HIV, tuberculosis

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South Africa on Friday launched South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Private Sector Forum to enhance collaboration between government and business sector as well as civil society to fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

“We call upon the Private Sector Forum to rally all members of the private sector to be more coordinated in their response to HIV, TB, and non-communicable diseases,” said Deputy President David Mabuza, who is also SANAC chairperson.

He said in the past the government, SANAC and civil society had been working together but not in a coordinated way.

“The establishment of the Private Sector Forum enhances the role of private sector in the broader work on population health. It further creates an enabling environment for the private sector to make a comprehensive contribution towards our goals of ending AIDS,” he said. “We further call on the Forum to facilitate financial contributions by various companies to support the country’s response to these epidemics.”

The chairperson of the SANAC Private Sector Forum Nompumelelo Zikalala pledged to work with all stakeholders to fight pandemics. Enditem

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