Rustenburg: The North West Province will host a two-day Provincial Implementation Plan 2017– 2022 Summit on HIV, TB and STIs at Rustenburg Civic Centre on Thursday and Friday.
Provincial spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said the event is dubbed ‘Let our actions count’, adapted from the South African National Aids Council (SANAC).
“The summit is coordinated by Office of the Premier in line with the objectives of the province’s Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) concrete.
“Hosted in the context of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022 Framework that was launched on the 1st of December 2016 by the Deputy President, the tangible outcome of this two-day summit is the development of a multi-sectorial Provincial Implementation Plan for the HIV, TB and STIs response, which is aligned to the NSP (2017-2022),” he said.
Setswambung further said the Provincial Implementation Plan (PIP) will show how the province plans to implement the NSP and customise it to the unique challenges and possibilities of the province.
He added that this was to ensure that the provincial departments and municipalities, state owned entities, civil society, implementing partners and the private sector prioritise the achievement of this national objective.
“This two-day summit will provide participating sectors a platform for intense discussions and planning, with the view to promote strong community empowerment, greater ownership and accountability of a pledge to the province’s RRR vision and RHR concrete.
‘The Office of the Premier through its RHR Directorate, will after the summit coordinate, monitor, evaluate and report on progress registered by all sectors in implementing the provincial plan,” he said.
The North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo will be the keynote speaker at the summit. The proceedings will be attended by amongst others, representatives from development partners such as UNAIDS and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relieve (PEPFAR), Faith Based Organisations, Business fraternity, MEC for Health Dr Magome Masike, government departments and municipalities.
Date: 9 & 10 March 2017
Venue: Rustenburg Civic Centre