UNAIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHEL SIDIBÉ VISITS CAPRISA

UNAIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHEL SIDIBÉ VISITS CAPRISA

On September 30, delegates from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) led by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé paid a special visit to UKZN’s Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) to discuss the steps needed to accelerate the response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

UNAIDS’ new 2010 global AIDS-related data show that:

 

The global HIV epidemic has been exacerbated by the increasing number of HIV/AIDS patients being diagnosed with tuberculosis, especially in rural KwaZulu-Natal. ‘We will not make a difference in fighting HIV/AIDS if we do not understand what is happening on the ground,’ said Sidibé who promoted a knowledge-based economy. He is concerned that some leaders in the African continent do not understand that research and science are critical for development and the response to the AIDS epidemic. ‘We are too often taken hostage by the fact that we need food, we need roads, etc,’ he said.

‘I found it very interesting to see what is happening here... We do not always need to be in Columbia or in Harvard. We can be in Durban and make a difference in research and scientific progression,’ argued Sidibé. This follows Caprisa’s 2010 if (window.print) { window.print() }