At the opening of the HIV Clinicians in Southern Africa, Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary in HIV Clinicians Conference, said “While everyone is talking about treatment for all, what is happening in reality? Where is the increased investment? Where are the new healthcare workers that we will need to sustain and grow these programmes? How can we provide quality care without many more healthcare workers? Where will we find money to buy the ARVs? Everyone talks about treatment for all, but where is the political will and financial commitment to make it a reality?”.
According to Yawa, “as with Ebola, the AIDS response is being undermined by dysfunctional healthcare systems. Our treatment programme is expanding at a much faster rate than capacity in the healthcare system. While the need for healthcare workers is growing, budget cuts are effectively leading to a freezing of posts in our provinces. While the HIV budget lines are growing (which is a good thing), the budgets for provinces are going down. We want to give treatment to more people, but we are reducing the numbers of healthcare workers. We are not investing in people and in stronger healthcare systems”.
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