Southern African Development Community Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Maseru 2003

Sectors : Health systems, medicines and regulation, Health and technology, HIV/AIDS
Organisation : SADC (Southern African Development Community)
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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“...DECLARE the following as the priority areas requiring our urgent attention and action:

... 2. Improving Care, Access to Counselling and Testing Services, Treatment and Support by:

a. Strengthening health care systems, especially public health;
b. Strengthening family and community based care as well as support to orphans and other vulnerable children;
c. Facilitating the expansion of workplace programmes on HIV/AIDS prevention and management among all levels of the workforce, supported by appropriate policy and legal frameworks;
d. Development of service and caring capacity among all people caring for the HIV/AIDS infected persons, including the home based care providers, as well as upgrading of diagnostic and related technologies;
e. Expanding access to voluntary counselling and testing;
f. Preventing and removing stigma silence, discrimination, and denial which continue to hamper and undermine HIV control efforts, particularly, towards the people living with HIV and AIDS;
g. Putting in place national legislation and regional legal regimes to ensure the availability of technologies and drugs at affordable prices for treatment, including bulk purchasing of drugs and manufacturing of generic medicines in the region;
h. Increasing access to affordable essential medicines, including ARVs and related technologies, through regional initiatives for joint purchasing of drugs, with the view of ensuring the availability of drugs through sustainable mechanisms, using funds from national budgets;
i. Investing in nutrition programmes and promoting the use of nutritional supplements, production and consumption of locally available foods;
j. Developing a regulatory framework and institutional capacity for the testing and utilisation of traditional medicines.”

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