n Local Government Bulletin - Local AIDS Councils and the civic role of local government

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-901X



There is widespread consensus that the severity of the HIV and AIDS epidemic cannot be curbed by the government on its own. In light of this realisation, the South African National AIDS Council (Sanac), the highest-level multisectoral partnership body in South Africa, was established in 2000. Chaired by the Deputy President, its objectives include providing leadership, building consensus around HIV and AIDS policy and strategy matters, promoting intersectoral collaboration and overseeing the overall implementation and review of the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections. The establishment of Sanac in turn led to the creation of similar structures at provincial, district and local level. Today, many municipalities coordinate metro and local AIDS councils, but experience various difficulties in making the structures function effectively.

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