HIV/AIDS gets the attention of SA Parliament

Parliamentary oversight into the fight against HIV/AIDS…………….

Parliament has issued a statement  that it has formed a joint committee on HIV and Aids to specifically focus on the pandemic, a “joint committee” being the coming together of members of both the National Council of Provinces and the National Assembly.

The statement issued said that the move “was born out of a decision by the sub-committee on the Review of Joint Rules and was an attempt to prevent the pandemic from spreading.”

The committee, said the statement, would act as an advisory, influential and consultative body and would monitor and evaluate the implementation of government’s strategy, policy and programmes on HIV and Aids.

Its activities will include introducing an HIV and Aids-related focus in parliamentary activities — including programming of debates, monitoring parliamentary oversight and ensuring that HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment are priorities on the national agenda.

The committee will also examine and evaluate the legal framework and make recommendations on existing and proposed legislation coming from the department of health.

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