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The development of a National HIV/AIDS and STD Strategic Plan for South Africa for 2000 to 2005 was initiated by the Ministry of Health in consultation with key role players including relevant governments, non governmental organisations, people living with AIDS, oganised labour and other relevant role players. This report documents the strategic national plan being put into place to combat the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS with respect to education, school's curriculum and government response.
While it has long been suspected that HIV prevalence among educators is high, there has been no scientific study to assess this. Responding to the need for empirical evidence, the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioned the Human Sciences Research Council-led consortium to conduct this nation-wide research assessing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, as well as issues such as the health status and attrition of our educators. The results of the research suggest that the high number of our educators living with AIDS is cause for serious concern. …
In this document, Coombe points out ways in which the education sector must be implemented in bringing about effective response plans to HIV/AIDS, not only in terms of prevention but also in terms of treatment and care. It is also important to understand the pandemic's implications for the management and development of teachers and students.