#AIDS2016 Conference with Kaya News’ Nomsa Zwane
Keeping up with our reporter @NomsaZwane at the #AIDS2016 conference in Durban. Day 1.
Today officially marked the start of the historical 21st International Aids conference under the theme “Access Equity Rights Now”.
Over 18000 delegates including ministers, top scientists, policy makers and people living with HIV converged at the Durban International Conference Centre in the Ethekwini municipality.
This conference is no stranger to South African soil, it first sat in 2000 where we saw former president Nelson Mandela give the key note address and the Iconic AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson gave a moving speech advocating for the urgent move in the provision of HIV treatment and prevention methods.
16 years later great strides have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To date over 3 million South African are on the antiretroviral treatment.
Today our deputy president Cryril Ramaphosa gave the key note address and assured the world that South Africa is on the right path and had UN secretary general Ban KI-Moon to attest to this.
The showroom was a hive of activity companies and NGOs displayed informative material.