Gauteng’s presentation wins at 8th TB Conference - 17 June 2024

Department of Health 2024/06/19 - 22:00

By Tebogo Tladi


Out of more than 100 entries, a presentation by the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) won best poster category at the recent 8th South African TB Conference in Durban. 

The winning poster, titled 'Re-Orientation and Induction Workshop for AIDS Council Stakeholders on Multisectoral HIV, TB and STI Response: Case Study for Gauteng Province', is a collaborative effort by the Gauteng Department of Health, Office of the Premier, Department of Social Development, civil society, District AIDS Councils and other stakeholders. It showcases the implementation of a multisectoral approach to combat HIV and TB.

Tsakani Mabasa, Deputy Director for Gauteng AIDS Council highlighted the poster's unique focus which emphasises the necessity of adopting a multisectoral approach to address HIV and TB pandemics.  

This approach requires active participation from various stakeholders in prevention, ensuring access to treatment, addressing stigma and discrimination, and providing support to individuals undergoing treatment. 

"It also focused on strategies to tackle behavioural, socio-economic, and structural factors contributing to HIV and TB. It underscored the role of political leadership in addressing service delivery challenges such as access to clean water, adequate housing for ventilation, food security, skills development, and unemployment among key and priority populations," said Mabasa. 

The poster will be presented to all District AIDS Councils, the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), the Office of the Premier and stakeholders of the Gauteng AIDS Council. It will also be showcased at the 2024 International AIDS Conference in Germany from 22 to 26 July.

The 8th South African TB Conference was held in Durban from 4 to 7 June 2024, under the theme: 'Accelerating Progress to End TB'. This conference served as a platform to monitor progress towards achieving the 2025 targets set at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting and the 2030 target to end the epidemic, in alignment with the World Health Organisation's End TB Strategy.




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