Index Eastern Cape AIDS Council, GIZ and Cacadu join forces against AIDS
Date Added: 19 April 2013

Cacadu District Municipality in Partnership with the Eastern Cape AIDS Council.

Cacadu District Municipality in Partnership with the Eastern Cape AIDS Council.

The Cacadu District Municipality and the Eastern Cape AIDS Council (ECAC) have joined forces in an effort to strengthen the capacity of both the District and Local Municipalities to combat the spread of HIV/Aids and TB.

The ECAC, established in 2001 to promote the effective management of HIV/Aids response in the province, has an agreement in place with GIZ to render support to the Council. As a result, a request was made by the Cacadu District Municipality, through ECAC, for GIZ to appoint an advisor to assist the District and Local Municipalities in their fight against these diseases. GIZ assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation by offering demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.

The Cacadu District Municipality will therefore, with the assistance of the GIZ advisor, add momentum to the implementation of the Eastern Cape Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) for HIV/Aids, STI’s and TB. The PSP is a multi-sectoral plan that requires the contribution of all sectors of society in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Cape Province.

In addition, the advisor will work together with the HIV/Aids Coordinator of the Cacadu District Municipality to assist Local Municipalities with the establishment of Local Aids Councils, which will in turn feed in to the District Aids Council. Local and District Aids Council are aimed at bringing together the key stakeholders in civil society and local government; coordinates the delivery of services to those that are most affected; mobilises volunteers to provide care and ensures that there is a coherent HIV strategy in place, amongst other things.