I have great pleasure to welcome you to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) HIV and AIDS Programme. The Programme consists of HIV Counselors and Health Promoters located in all five campuses, counselors are located on campus clinics and Health Promoters are located at Campus HIV/ AIDS Support Unit (CHASU).
The UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme drives the implementation of HIV and AIDS 2012-2016 five key priority areas of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, STIs and TB (HAST) which accentuates the effective implementation of comprehensive interventions in combatting the spread of HIV in the province, we do this in conjunction with other stakeholders (NGO’s and Government Departments) through wellness campaigns in all five campuses this include dialogues in all university residences, I encourage all students to fully participate in these campaigns. Your participation can be through joining one of the exciting structures we have in the Programme such as Peer Education, Women’s Forum, Men’s Forum, Positive living, LGBTI and Abstinence Forum. Your involvement will offer you an opportunity to learn and share knowledge about wellness and challenges you face on campus as students.
I appeal to the university community to make use of the services we provide, our main aim is to make sure that we collectively fight the spread of HIV, in particular we want our students to graduate alive and well despite their HIV status, and through dual protection we can stop the high spread of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancy. We promote Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. Those interested are encouraged to register with CHASU and Campus Health Clinics.
Together we can create responsible citizens and a HIV and AIDS free society. However, this kind of society starts with me and you.
Ms Nomonde Magantolo
UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme Co-ordinator