South Africa is ready to host the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban next week (18-22 July 2016). The conference which starts on International Mandela Day on Monday returns to Durban after 16 years.
More than 10 000 delegates from 180 countries are expected to attend the five-day conference held under the theme “Access Equity Rights – Now”.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council, will lead the South African delegation.
The 21st International AIDS Conference will give South Africa a chance to highlight and share lessons with the international community on how it has implemented the largest anti-retroviral programme in the world.
It is estimated that 6.8 million people are living with HIV in SA, 3.4 million of them are on HIV treatment.
With the conference coinciding with Mandela Day, South Africa’s message to the world will be linked to his call: “It is in our hands, to achieve an HIV free generation in our lifetime.”