Drugs and Dignity Key to End AIDS
Sr Alison Munro of the SACBC AIDS Office and Yvonne Morgan of CATHCA participated in the Caritas Internationalis and UNAIDS Consultation on antiretroviral treatment held on 25 and 25 February on Rome. Participants from Catholic Church agencies across the world presented aspects of their programmes. Themes running through the consultation included the fact that in some countries the Church provides most of the health care services, that the Church has played and is playing a major role in addressing AIDS, and that a critical factor in Church programmes is the dignity of people. The use of antiretroviral treatment as prevention emerged as an important issue. If people are on treatment they will not transmit the virus, and it will be contained. Viewed simply, the end of AIDS is in site. The challenges however still facing South Africa are enormous in this regard, given the country’s high numbers of infections, the cost of treatment for roughly double the number of people who are currently on treatment, and the long term costs of drugs as people live longer.
See below for the press releases of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Caritas Internationalis and UNAIDS