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South Africa is facing one of the most serious challenges since the demise of apartheid, in the form of HIV/AIDS. The University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) is situated in one of the Provinces most affected by this pandemic where the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS is placing a huge demand on all sectors of service delivery, economic development, teaching and learning.
The education sector's specific policy statements and strategies have been outlined under the National Strategic Framework (NSF II) 2006-2010. The policy has been developed to: 1. Highlight the sector's commitment to the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, 2. Provide guidelines and milestones that will ensure that all stakeholders tackle the problem of HIV/AIDS within the sector with a unified purpose. After an analysis of the situation, the plan proposes objectives, strategies and responses to the global situation.
The pillars of this plan are the following: 1. Policy, Advocacy and Enabling Environment, 2. Coordination and Management of the Decentralized response, 3. Mitigating the Social, Cultural, Legal and Economic Impacts, 4. Prevention and Behaviour Change Communication, 5. Treatment, Care and Support, 6. Research, Surveillance, Monitoring and Education, 7. Mobilization of Resources and Funding Arrangement. …