RFHD SA Newsletter- Issue 5                                                          September 2018

 

 
 

Hello Friends

Welcome to our monthly newsletter to keep our partners, friends and community up to date with everything taking place around the Rotary Family Health Days in Southern Africa! We will be sending out these monthly updates from Cape Town to all of you. Thank you for being a part of the Prevention Revolution!

 

 

 

 

Board Update

 

Although we have contributed significantly in the prevention revolution to fight deadly diseases within our country, many challenges still remain:

  • At 7 million, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS in the world.
  • South Africa has an estimated 2.3 million orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • TB is the nation’s leading cause of natural death and over 60% of TB cases are related to HIV.
  • Young women are 8 times more likely to become infected, with 2,400 adolescent girls and young women becoming infected every week
  • Between 40% and 50% of all new HIV infections among adults occur in people from key populations.
  • An epidemic of gender based violence is estimated to cost the economy up to R42.4 billion a year.*

But we have the end of HIV in sight. If we adopt a fast-track strategy for testing and treatment, UNAIDS predicts we can end AIDS by 2030.

We were shared a fantastic quote last week which really sums up our personal feeling for the mission of why we continue to serve through RFHA SA, “One day when my son grows up and hears about South Africa and that it has the highest HIV rate in the world, and he asks me what I did about it, I want to be able tell him that I tried, that I made an effort to do something.” 

Join us in the fight against the quadruple burden of disease facing our country! 

*Source:NDP/NACOSA

 

 

 

International AIDS Symposium

The International AIDS Symposium was an incredible event this year with approx. 18 000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers, programme implementers and advocates working together at the unique intersection of science, advocacy and human rights.

Read more here: blog

 

 

 

Featured Partnership

In honour of National Women's Month we wanted to put the focus on a National Department of Health Campaign which we've successfully partnered with since 2016 and is in it's third and final year!

Learn about the campaign focusing on young women who are one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to health, economic, and social barriers. 

Read more here: SheConquers

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendar

September is celebrating the following activities/campaigns:

  • 2-8 Kidney Awareness Week
  • 2-6 Back Week
  • 9 International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
  • 10 International Gynaecological Health Day
  • 14 National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Day

 

Coming Up Next

Our next issue will provide everyone with an update on the 2019 Rotary Family Health Day Campaign and the launch of the National Screening and Testing Multi-sectoral campaign announced by his Excellency President C Ramaphosa in the State of the Nation Address. 

 

 

 

 
 

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