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- On April 8, 2011
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On the 1st of December 2010, Hospice Rustenburg was present at the World Aids Day event in Boitekong, a mining community near Rustenburg.
There were different testing facilities present, as well as an exhibition were different organisations and NGO’s as well as the Department of Health participated with stands to promote the work they are doing. Present were Love Life, The Aurum Institute, The Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation, the Professional Council on Aids and Hospice Rustenburg.
VIP guests were North West Premier, Thandi Modise together with newly appointed MEC for Health, Dr. Magome Masike leaded the community dialogues in the different tents provided. They spoke with community members about the problems and opportunities around HIV/AIDS and TB, giving the people a chance to speak their worries.
“We all have rights as much as we all have responsibilities. It is not only the responsibility of the department to protect your rights but it is also your responsibility to protect the rights of others. HIV calls for shared rights, shared responsibilities,” Thandi Modise said as comment on these worries.
The MEC called on all those who have tested negative to share with others how they have managed to maintain their negative status, while emphasizing the need to build strong community based support systems for those who are living with the virus: “We need to move away from blame to care, away from being scared communities. We need to support each other and stop being judgmental. Our approach needs to be rights based and ensure that the rights of all citizens are respected,” he said.
He urged everyone who has not yet done so to go and get tested, because figures show that the Bojanala District experiencing an upward trend in HIV prevalence as compared to other districts, which is a concern to the Department.
The day was a great opportunity to promote Hospice Rustenburg and raise more awareness of the important work we are doing within the communities. The day ended with a performance of the traditional healers.