Alex Clinic reflects on the road ahead

Speakers at the event commemorating World AIDS Day at Alexandra Health Centre and University Clinic took stock of the successes in preventing and treating HIV, but also highlighted stumbling blocks to the UNAIDS vision of “zero infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination”.

Nozipho Maseko, a nurse at Anova, was invited to speak on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) at the event. Highlighting the gains made in PMTCT in South Africa over the last 14 years, she recalled the days when it was virtually impossible to prevent a an HIV-positive mother from passing the virus on to her child, compared to a mother-to-child transmission rate of just 3% today.

However, despite the gains made over the last decade, Nozipho stressed that there continue to be issues preventing South Africa from reaching a place where all children are born free of HIV. Among these, Nozipho highlighted a need for family planning regardless of HIV status, ensuring that mothers presented as early as possible for antenatal care and a need for people to share information around safe infant feeding.

Other speakers included a representative from the Society of Traditional Healers and the CEO of Alexandra Clinic, Labane Maluleke. Maluleke emphasised the importance of men becoming involved in HIV prevention efforts, such as HIV testing and PMTCT.


Anova is participating in a few World AIDS Day events throughout South Africa.

In Gauteng, Anova will be involved in the following events:

29 November 2014
Men to Men
Time and venue TBA

1 December 2014
Gauteng provincial World AIDS Day event
Time and venue TBA

In Limpopo, Anova will be reaching out to communities through its mobile unit as part of its Family Free project.

25 November 2014
Door-to-door education campaign and mobile health screenings
Where: Mbalula Village, Giyani Sub-district
Door-to-door education campaign to recruit community members to utilise mobile health unit services available on the day. Screenings on offer for HIV, TB, STIs and glucose. Pap smears, eye tests and CD4 count assessment will also be available.

26, 27 November and 1 & 2 December
Westfallia Farm and Northern Timbers Wellness Week
Anova and Orange Babies’ Family Free Mobile health Unit will support Westfallia Farm and Northern Timbers in offering a variety of health screening options to their farm workers. Screenings on offer for HIV, TB, STIs, glucose, eye health and CD4 count assessment.

3 December 2014
Phalaborwa Municipality WAD celebration
Where: Makhushane sports grounds
Anova, through Family Free, will be offering various health screenings at this WAD event.
Time and venue TBA

4 December 2014
Limpopo province WAD commemoration
Where: Thohoyandou Correctional Services
Anova, through Family Free, will be offering various health screenings at this World AIDS Day event.

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