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Know your epidemic, know your response

In early August 2009 a group of leading HIV and AIDS experts met to plan a major "Modes of Transmission" study of South Africa's epidemic. This was the first meeting of the KYE/KYR National Task Team that will come up with a comprehensive report on the nature and progress of the epidemic, and the response to it across the country.

Members of national and provincial government, civil society, multilateral organisations and donors who have formed the KYE/KYR National Task Team
The study will compile all existing data and conduct new studies in order to come to a better understanding of incidence, or new infections, and where most recent HIV infections are occuring. It will also review the current response, and highlight gaps and new areas of work that have the potential to mitigate the epidemic and its effects.
These Modes of Transmission studies are being increasingly used across the continent to sharpen the response to the epidemic.
This study was requested by SANAC as part of the mid-term review of the SA HIV&AIDS National Strategic Plan. It will inform government policy and programming on HIV prevention.
The task team aims to complete the first stage of its work by the end of September 2009.

Read the full meeting report [PDF 314KB]

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