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IMG31The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) was opened officially Monday evening, with calls for #EndingAIDS the epidemic by year 2030.

Over 18,000 delegates and people living with HIV are attending the #AIDSconference currently running in Durban, South Africa and ending on 22 July 2016. Addressing delegates, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said, "The International AIDS Conferences always come up with key decisions which change the course of AIDS history. it is such a conference that challenge all the stakeholders to act with unprecedented action and scale. These conferences make people understand the HIV and AIDS epidemic, they raise the level of consciousness and challenges and misconception. The conference will inspire and give the hope needed in dealing with the epidemic."

Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe , said, "Many lives have been lost and there is no time to be complacent, he called on the delegates to "re-engineer the approach" to addressing the disease." He went on to call for commitment to finish what was started, to #EndAIDS saying, "If we miss the opportunity history will never forgive us,"

Picture2 copySouth African actress Charlize Theron blamed ongoing discrimination as the reason that humanity had not beaten the HIV/Aids epidemic. We quote from her speech:

"We value some lives more than others. We value straight lives more than gay lives. We value men more than women. We value white more than black people. We value adults more than adolescents. AIDS does not discriminate on its own. If I am being honest with myself and with you I'm also sad to be here at the 21st International Aids Conference. This is the second time my country South Africa has hosted and that's not an honour and not something we should be proud of," said the Oscar Award winning actress in her opening address at the 21st International AIDS Conference underway in South Africa.

Humana People to People & Ending AIDS by 2030

Humana People to people is attending the conference. Humana People to People's contribution to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Agenda will immediately be to contribute to achieving the first 90 meaning 90% of all people living with HIV are knowing their HIV status.

The idea of Humana People to People's HIV and AIDS program, TCE – Total Control of the Epidemic is built on the understanding that: "Only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS the epidemic." The statement makes a firm declaration for vital community mobilization which triggers individual activism against the spread of HIV. Responding to HIV and AIDS from the strategy of TCE demands a collective approach targeting HIV prevention dialogue with each person, the whole family household, village population and the bigger community at large.

This is then what we do

Picture1 copyTCE is currently giving more focus towards scaling-up Home Based Counseling and Testing individuals for HIV in the areas where there is high HIV prevalence and TB infection.

TCE engage each person into a dialogue where issues about HIV and AIDS are discussed in depth, addressing fears and concerns of each individual until we reach a clear understanding with the person regarding why HIV testing is important as the entry point to HIV treatment, which may improve health and prolong life. The individual is then offered HIV testing in the comfort of their homes by trained TCE Field Officers who walk or cycle from house to house.

Each individual is tested for HIV based on their consent. The house to house approach also gives a chance to the individuals to engage their sexual partners so they are tested as couples. The TCE Field Officers are trained in couple counseling as well. It is very important for couples to make informed decisions about their sexual life together. Issues of disclosure amongst partners are made easier as they are dealt with in the household and up front.

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV.

TB remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. In 2012, people living with HIV accounted for 1.1 million (13%) of the estimated 8.7 million people who developed TB globally.

What is needed now is systematic TB case finding, as many people with TB are still not found and cured.

Humana People to People is co-programming HIV & AIDS and TB response in most of its TCE projects which are running in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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